TakingStock – Thorley follows Westropp.

The central marketing department at Deloitte & Touche has faced a severe battering over the past few weeks.

First news came that George Westropp, chief spin doctor at Deloittes, was set to retire at the end of last year, after 21 years.

And now, David Thorley, marketing chief and Westropp’s former boss has resigned. Like Westropp, Thorley was a partner, though his reasons for leaving remain unclear.

Having only lasted 18 months, TS was wondering whether it was a yearning for Westropp that caused the job-seeking marketing director to throw in the towel.

However, we hear on the grapevine the marketing budget has recently taken a battering.

It is also rumoured that Deloittes has poached a marketing director from one of the mid-tier firms.

Thorley reportedly has no specific plans once he goes.

He is still in discussions with Deloittes over his departure date but a spokeswoman said the firm wanted to fill the post as soon as possible.

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