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.
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart bromance continues: X-Men star gushes about 'pussy cat' BFF Patrick Stewart
David Cameron stung by jellyfish: PM hurt after ignoring advice of locals while on holiday
South Korea ferry: Vice principal rescued from sinking ship found hanged
Catherine Deneuve and Sophie Marceau in war of words over President Francois Hollande's affair with Julie Gayet
Inside North Korea with the man who won the marathon
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 1 KFC 'sorry' after lesbian couple are kicked out of Bath restaurant for 'heavy petting'
- 2 West Ham confirm 20-year-old striker Dylan Tombides has died after battle with cancer
- 3 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 4 Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'
- 5 PFA Player of the Year: Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard all nominated as Liverpool dominate award shortlist
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