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Originally posted on Dr Alf's Blog:
Do you remember what you were doing when the Berlin Wall came down?
This week, I announced my retirement, after more than twenty years as an independent executive and consultant and have been getting good wishes from friends and colleagues but it has also been a week for personal reflection.
Returning to the Berlin wall, well when it fell in 1989, I was working in Liverpool as Interim Finance Director for Stoves plc, a high risk manufacturing turnaround, financed by private equity. I was approached by Nigel Corby, then with PE Imbucon, an early interim intermediary, interviewed by the Stoves’ Chief Executive the next day and started the following Monday – three works days from initial client contact to Nigel to my hitting the ground running in Liverpool! Over the next ten years, Stoves became an amazing success and called me back many times, both…
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