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Helen Alexander

Helen Alexander


Chief executive


The Economist Group

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7830 7001


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


10th February 1957


The Who - Tommy.


The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.

Breakfast radio show


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.


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



What car do you own

Renault Grand Espace.

What principle defines your working life

Do the right thing.

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