Cabal co-founder Brocklebank quits

Sally O’Sullivan’s publishing venture, Cabal Communications, has suffered its first high-profile departure with the resignation last week of one of its five founding members, Helen Brocklebank.

Sally O’Sullivan’s publishing venture, Cabal Communications, has

suffered its first high-profile departure with the resignation last week

of one of its five founding members, Helen Brocklebank.



Brocklebank, who was commercial director at launch last summer and went

on to oversee the company’s contract publishing business, left last

Friday and will be taking up a new job shortly. She joined Cabal from

the National Magazine Company where she was group head of project

management.



Sources say Brocklebank decided to quit after a number of disagreements

with O’Sullivan, although Brocklebank and Cabal deny this. Brocklebank

was tight-lipped about her new job, but said: ’This company has been

talking to me for some time and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.’



Andrew Sutcliffe, managing director of Cabal, said: ’Helen had a huge

role on the commercial side and as we expanded rapidly we had to split

the role. Helen felt that the changed role didn’t suit her.’



Two appointments were made this week following Brocklebank’s

departure.



Debbie Bowman, a former deputy advertisement sales director of The

Independent, and more recently a consultant for Cabal, is to join as

group advertisement sales director.



Jonathan Rose, a marketing manager from Procter & Gamble, has been made

publishing director and will head commercial activity outside

circulation and advertising.



O’Sullivan commented: ’These appointments are important senior roles for

Cabal and herald the start of a second stage of development for the

company.’



Since it opened for business, Cabal has launched the lads’ magazine,

Front, The Real Homes Magazine, two specialist cycling titles and has

bought and relaunched Good Health.



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