Business week in review
Sunday 17 June 2012
Who would have thought City regulation could have the feel of a Cold War spy novel? Admittedly, not a rip-roaring yarn, but surprising nonetheless: Alexander Justham has switched sides, a gamekeeper turned poacher.
Until September, Justham was head of the markets division at the Financial Services Authority. On Tuesday, he was named head of a London Stock Exchange subsidiary, LSE plc, that will take responsibility for relations with FSA successor body the Financial Conduct Authority. Before the FSA, Justham was at JPMorgan. So, will he swap sides once more? And would that make him a quadruple agent?
Also on Tuesday, Evelyn Bourke was named chief financial officer at private healthcare group Bupa. She joins from insurer Friends Life. Bupa praised her "finance, risk, actuarial, operations and mergers and acquisitions knowledge".
On Thursday, WH Smith's boss Kate Swann reported improved sales.
...at a loss
You have to feel sorry for Tesco. Well, you don't, and you probably won't, but pity poor chief executive Philip Clarke anyway.
He came in for quite a lot of stick on Monday after posting its fourth consecutive quarter of falling underlying UK sales. Annoyed it didn't include the Diamond Jubilee, which was the supermarket giant's biggest ever week outside Christmas, the results ratcheted up the pressure on Clarke. However, he claimed that he "can see momentum gathering" . Clarke can't afford too many more quarters like this one.
Heathrow and Stansted airports operator BAA posted a slight decline in passengers in May on last year. Chief executive Colin Matthews conceded the "impact of the eurozone crisis" had hurt.
On Wednesday, Peter Cowgill's JD Sports Fashion said it could lose up to £15m on its purchase of outdoor specialist Blacks Leisure.
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- 2 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Perez Hilton apologises for publishing Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
Jennifer Lawrence 'nude photo hacker' claims there are hundreds more celebrity images to come
Victoria Justice on naked photo leak: 'Let me nip this in the bud right now – pun intended'
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: Pictures are completely fake, say singer's representatives
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
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When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
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