Business Diary: Finland's angry birds to take flight
Friday 02 September 2011
Bless. So proud is Finland of one of its biggest export successes, its flag-carrying airline is holding a high-altitude event to celebrate. Finland's Rovio is the company behind Angry Birds, the must-have game for smartphones and tablet computers. Now Finnair is flying a carefully selected group of skilled Angry Birds players to Asia and back so that it can organise a tournament of the gamers at a height of 10km. It's probably best not to be on the flight if you value peace and quiet.
Kapoor in the hot seat at Reckitt
Welcome, then, Rakesh Kapoor, who officially took overyesterday from the handsomely remunerated Bart Becht as chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser. There's certainly plenty of issues to deal with in the in-tray – but our advice to the new boy is not to reach for the tablets should all the stress give him a headache. Top of that list of issues is the ongoing problem with Reckitt's Nurofen brand, where there has had to be a product recall amid fears that someone has sabotaged production.
Welcoming Weber in the valleys
Out congratulations to Weber Shandwick, the City public relations agency, which has added another new client to its already impressive rostrum. PR Week magazine reports that Hybu Cig Cymru Meat Promotion has hired the agency to handle PR for Welsh lamb and beef. The trade publication has no news to offer on whether Weber Shandwick hopes to add pork to the portfolio any time soon.
New currencies for Europe?
We are grateful to Sir Howard Davies for pointing us towards a paper just published by London School of Economics academic Charles Goodhart, presenting a possible vision of the eurozone split to come. He predicts two new currencies – a "medi" for the indebted southern states of the eurozone and a "neuro" for Germany, France and the other stronger nations. Professor Goodhart suggests adding the "n" to euro to signify new or northern – but the word would also do a decent job of expressing the idea that Angela Merkel and Co consider themselves the intellectual superiors of those who have borrowed too much.
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