James Ashton

James Ashton is Head of Business across the Independent, Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.

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James Ashton: Shaken and stirred, Sir John Bond is ousted after digging himself into a hole at miner

Mr Bond, we've been expecting you. The ambush that greeted Sir John Bond in a small Swiss theatre was every bit as dramatic as the assaults his namesake superspy has faced over the years.

Diageo boss to stick with Guinness

New chief executive Ivan Menezes doesn't rule out deals, but won't be off-loading the Irish stout. James Ashton reports

James Ashton: Let's see Parker pack his bags and go postal

Tim Parker tried to convince me he was staying put when he breezed into my office this week, but I still suspect it won’t be long before the private equity world’s favourite boss has found something new to occupy his mind.

James Ashton: Consultants upbeat as they spy green shoots

Management consultants regard themselves as a canary down a mine shaft for the economy because when companies want to start spending, they’ll call in the experts first.

James Ashton: Here’s the way to hand real power to women

Sir Roger Carr was back beating the drum for greater diversity at the top of British companies at an Ernst & Young reception on Tuesday night.

James Ashton: Time for us to team up with the Germans after their fallout with France?

Europe’s grand alliance of France and Germany is crumbling like a fresh chèvre. The leaked memo from Angela Merkel’s coalition partners this week only confirmed what everyone else suspects about the French economy under the stewardship of François Hollande.

James Ashton: Setting a ceiling on relationships

At a breakfast event at the top of the Gherkin this week, Julia Hobsbawm set a new benchmark.

James Ashton: AGMs season can still put trouble on agenda

Like the first swallow of summer, Barclays’ shareholder meeting this week signified the beginning of the AGM season. But if signs of summer are upon us, what happened to this year’s shareholder spring?

James Ashton: Time for the banks to end their bleating and take another path to reform

Getting on for five years after the banks were bailed out, it is remarkable that so many people are now criticising the road we have travelled so far along.

Firms are raiding the Treasury to figure out how they can beat it

The heat is being turned up on tax avoiders and it was only a matter of time before the  accountancy profession was caught in the line of fire.

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