DIARY: Eager leaver Skeeles creams his critics

Charles Skeeles, Shandwick’s new CEO China, got a rousing send off from Shandwick Consultants last week. A touch eager perhaps as the poor man doesn’t start there until November.

Charles Skeeles, Shandwick’s new CEO China, got a rousing send off from

Shandwick Consultants last week. A touch eager perhaps as the poor man

doesn’t start there until November.



I was most impressed by the dancing lions, but it was Martin Rowland’s

speech that really stood out - a kind of death by a thousand cuts. The

two met at Ogilvy and Mather in the 1980s when Rowland got in the way of

a snowball thrown by Skeeles. ‘It was the only time he ever apologised,’

said Rowland.



Indeed, as Rowland recalled, Skeeles’ diplomatic skills are legendary.

Once when he was remonstrating with his colleague, Skeeles grabbed a set

of household bills from his hand and promptly fed them into the office

shredding machine. Little surprise then, to find that Skeeles’ business

card, when translated from the Chinese, gives his title as CEO, China, a

post previously filled by Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.



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