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Helen Alexander

Helen Alexander

Job

Chief executive

Company

The Economist Group

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7830 7001

Address

25 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1HG

Born

10th February 1957

Album

The Who - Tommy.

Book

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.

Breakfast radio show

Today.

Career history

Sales, editorial executive, Gerald Duckworth, 1979. Sales manager, Faber & Faber, 1979-1983. Marketing consultant, Thorn EMI, 1983-1985. Marketing manager/international circulation director, The Economist, 1985-1993. Managing director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, 1993-1997. Chief executive, The Economist Group, 1997 to date.

Daily newspaper

Financial Times.

Everyone's saying

Alexander added the chairmanship of the Periodical Publishers Association to a long list of non-Economist duties when she took over from Nicholas Coleridge in November. Her other positions include non-executive director at Centrica and trustee of the Tate Gallery. An Economist stalwart, she enters her tenth year at the helm of the title next year.

Family

Husband, daughter and two sons.

Favourite ad

The Economist 'It's lonely at the top but at least there's something to read.'

Favourite technology

Cappuccino machine.

Greatest achievement

Assembling a great team.

Magazine (pleasure)

The Economist.

Magazine (professional)

The Economist.

Most humbling experience

My first job in a flower shop.

Most-admired entrepreneur

Charles Dunstone.

Sunday newspaper

The Sunday Times.

TV programme

24

Website

economist.com.

What car do you own

Renault Grand Espace.

What principle defines your working life

Do the right thing.


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