This man is known in the City as "Mr 20 per cent". He has presided over the phenomenal 15-year rise of his company as it has shown year-on-year earnings rises of, yes, 20 per cent. Most people don't realise this, but after a big takeover in 1996, the company now has lines of business spreading far beyond the humble cockroach. Interim results this year suggest it may not make the 20 per cent target this time, but don't rule it out yet.
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