Profiles of Scots leaders operating outwith Scotland
INTERNATIONAL LEADER OF THE YEAR
1 (NEW) David Currie (57),
director, global subsea operations, FMC Technologies
Curries biggest achievement of the year was persuading the US-based oil services giant to invest in Scotland and create 240 skilled research and development and manufacturing jobs in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, and Dunfermline in Fife. Currie, who was previously based in Dunfermline but has now moved to corporate headquarters in Houston, highlighted the fact the new recruits in Scotland would be supporting the corporations activities around the globe. As a result of the expansion the company will now have 1000 of its 12,500 global workforce in Scotland.
The enthusiastic GlobalScot also gave an inspirational speech at a Scottish Manufacturing conference earlier this year.
His biggest non-work event of the year was the graduation of his two sons.
We predict: Currie will be under pressure to deliver and has every chance of doing so with demand from the oil and gas industry for ever more sophisticated kit.
First job: HR manager and assistant purchasing manager; I learnt about people and steel!
2 (NEW) David Rennie (46), managing director, Nestl Confectionery UK & Ireland
After delivering the fifth consecutive year of sales and profit growth in the UK business with brands like KitKat, Quality Street and Aero, Rennie was rewarded with a big new job in August as VP of the groups European confectionery operations. He takes up his new position this month.
He was in the headlines this year after announcing Nestl had removed artificial colours, flavours and preservatives from its entire confectionery range.
At the end of 2011 Rennie became a GlobalScot and although he will have his work cut out Scottish companies may benefit from his wider European experience.
We predict: Rennies background is in marketing and his success in the UK will surely be repeated on the wider field of Europe.
3 (2) Adam Crozier (48),
chief executive, ITV Plc
Croziers turnaround plan for the broadcaster stayed on track with its share price rising by more than half over the year. Half-year profits of s235m exceeded City expectations though Crozier warned revenues over the summer would be down thanks to the BBCs exclusive coverage of the London 2012 Olympics. He is now counting on the popularity of his autumn schedule, which includes a new series of Downton Abbey. However flagship The X Factor showed signs of flagging audiences at the beginning of its new season. ITVs breakfast show also had to be relaunched yet again after the costly failure of recruiting BBC stars Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.
He also bought Graham Nortons production company, So Television, in a deal worth up to s17m, depending on future profits.
We predict: Croziers tight control of costs has paid dividends but the critical x factor is whether the viewers like his programmes. Will he get four yeses?
4 (15) John McFarlane (64), interim executive chairman, Aviva
McFarlane has wasted no time getting to grips with the problems at the troubled insurance giant with plans to axe up to 800 mainly management jobs in the UK, unfortunately including some in Scotland where it has operations in Perth and Bishopbriggs.
Fellow Scot David McMillan was promoted to director of group transformation with the task of overseeing changes following the resignation of chief executive Andrew Moss.
The firm suffered a loss of s680m in the first half of its latest financial year and has put 16 units, including Aviva USA, up for sale or closure.
We predict: A tough year ahead for McFarlane but so far the City are satisfied with his decisiveness and strategy. He will also be focused on finding a strong new chief executive to replace him when he stands down from his executive role.
5 (3) Ian Livingston (48),
chief executive, BT Group
Livingston came under fire from some shareholders after spending s246m on a three-year deal to show 38 of the best English Premier League games on BT Vision. But the Celtic FC non-executive director is well aware of the attraction of football to many viewers and it will be interesting to see how many new customers it gains.
Livingston recently sold a 14.1 per cent stake in India-based outsourcing company Tech Mahindra Ltd, raising some s158.6m as part of his strategy to keep costs down and deploy capital where it will get the best growth.
The groups global services arm, which had been making progress since Livingston took the reins in 2008, was hit by the reluctance of clients in Europe and the US to upgrade and a smaller value of new contracts.
We predict: It may be hard going overseas but at home Livingston will be capitalising on the roll out of fibre optic broadband with some 2000 new engineering jobs created to undertake the work.
First job: Working in a sports shop in Glasgow my first pay packet was s19. I learned about literally working on the shop floor.
6 (5) Jim French (59), chairman and chief executive, Flybe
Turbulent times for the Scotland born boss of the regional airline Flybe as business passenger numbers decline in Europe thanks to the Eurozone crisis and recession. However, he went ahead with plans to launch new services from East Midlands Airport to both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Last year Flybe and fellow airline Finnair bought Finlands biggest domestic carrier, Finnish Commuter Airlines, for s22.5m to expand in the Baltic market.
We predict: Not an easy year ahead for French with extra pressure from weak consumer markets and high oil prices. n