I hear that the directors of new hi-tech agency Rainier Limited
were almost rumbled by a director of former company the Weber Group as
they conducted ’top secret’ negotiations with Rainier’s president
Steve Earl, Tanya Lepojevic and Stephen Waddington (pictured left to
right) were about to board a plane to Boston to discuss a deal with US
agency Rainier when they found out that Weber Europe’s finance director
Nick Lawrence would be in Boston at the same time on business.
Things grew worse for the trio when they discovered that Lawrence’s
fiancee would be on the same flight and that Lawrence would be meeting
her at the airport. As a result Earl tells me that they all stuck to
their seats on the flight and hung back at the end so that they missed a
potentially embarassing encounter with Lawrence at the airport.
But the ordeal wasn’t over. After the meeting with Rainier executives
the Weber defectors were killing time in the local Tower Records, when
who should they spy but Lawrence sifting through the CD racks.
Earl and Waddington swiftly grabbed Lepojevic and they hot footed out of
the store before Lawrence saw them. Lawrence was none the wiser and the
Rainier deal was sealed days later.