Diary: Jet setting Consolidated chief has a hard life

This is Alistair Gornall, supremo of Consolidated Communications, working hard on a recent business trip to Havana.

This is Alistair Gornall, supremo of Consolidated Communications,

working hard on a recent business trip to Havana.



Gornall was in Havana to speak at a conference held by client CDC

(formerly the Commonwealth Development Corporation) and the thoughtful

organisers arranged salsa dancing lessons for key speakers to help them

relax.



Judging by the grin on Gornall’s face I’d say that he managed to unwind

or perhaps he was just impressed with the attentions of his salsa

teacher.



’I had to dance very close to her,’ he confides.



Apparently the lessons were arranged to help conference delegates ’turn

off’. Gornall seems anything but. However, he tried to convince me that

despite the attentions of a Cuban beauty the dance lessons were hell:

’I’m delighted not to be dancing salsa every day. It’s a hard dance to

do,’ he says. It seems he prefers addressing Caribbean and Latin

Americans on marketing strategy.



Oddly enough Gornall rarely delegates his CDC commitments to other

senior Consolidated staff. Last year the organisation held its

conference near the Victoria Falls in Zambia and he just had to attend

that event too.



What a nightmare clients can be.



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