Coyne quits BCSC

Published:  20 April, 2016

Chief executive leaves after 10 months

Plans to modernise the British Council of Shopping Centres have been rocked by the shock resignation of chief executive John Coyne less than a year after taking office. Edward Cooke, director of policy and public affairs, has been named acting chief executive with immediate effect.

Coyne had been appointed with a mandate to find a new mission for the retail property trade body, which was unveiled to the membership last month. BCSC president Mark Bourgeois insisted this plan, dubbed Strategy 2020, would now move into its implementation phase. As an example of the progress that has been made Bourgeois said the BCSC has appointed leading brand consultancy Plum Brands to rename and rebrand the organisation.

“As chief executive, John Coyne has done excellent work in the creation and launch of Strategy 2020,” Bourgeois said. “As BCSC moves into the delivery of the plan, the organisation's executive board has decided with John, to look to another individual to lead the next phase. John has therefore left the organisation. BCSC thanks John for his work and for his valuable contribution during his time with the organisation.”

Bourgeois concluded: "BCSC asks for the continued support of members and wider industry in the delivery of Strategy 2020 - for the benefit of all and to enhance our joint contribution to wider society and the economy."

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