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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

R. Derek Finlay

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Derek Finlay's story covers not only his professional life, but describes, with a wonderful feel for language, his personal life from childhood in Kew, college years at Cambridge, the character building experience as a National Service Platoon Commander, to the present day. This book is informative without being prosy; touching without being sentimental; very evocative of the 1930s and 40s, while touching on times past and relating them to the present.
Derek Finlay has experienced a diverse and prestigious career within British and International Industry. After eighteen years, the last seven as a Director, with management consultants McKinsey and Company Inc., he embarked upon a highly successful 14 year career with the H J Heinz Company where he moved to the World Headquarters in Pittsburgh on his appointment as Senior Vice President - Corporate Development, and a member of the Board of Directors. It is an exciting and honest story of a career built on the foundation of early family tragedy, private ambition and the strong values of integrity and decent business ethics.
Derek Finlay was born at the home of his parents in Kew, Surrey. His education began at Kew College followed by Kingston Grammar School.
After securing a BA Degree in Economics and Law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge he embarked on a highly successful business career, first he spent eighteen years with McKinsey & Company Inc. then began a fourteen year-career with HJ. Heinz Company. He also spent three years in the textile industry when he became Chairman of Dawson International plc.
He now lives in The Mains of Grantully Castle in Scotland with his wife Una; they have a daughter, two sons and three grandchildren.

Robert Derek Finlay,  BA, MA, FInstD, FRSA, MCIM. Chairman, Dawson International PLC, 1995-98; b. 16.5.32, London; m., Una Ann Grant; 2 s.; 1 d. 

Education: Kingston Grammar School; Emmanuel College, Cambridge. 

Lt, Gordon Highlanders, 1950-52; Mobil Oil Co. UK, 1953-61; Associate, Principal, Director, McKinsey & Co., 1961-79; Managing Director, H.J. Heinz Co. Ltd., 1979-81; Senior Vice-President, World HQ, H.J. Heinz Co., 1981-93. Member, London Committee, Scottish Council Development and Industry, 1975-2003; Member: Board, US China Business Council, 1983-93, Board, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, 1986-93, US Korea Business Council, 1986-92, Board, Pittsburgh Symphony Society, 1989-93; Vice Chairman, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, 1986-93; Chairman, Board, Visitors Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1989-93. 

Recreations: tennis; rowing; music; theatre. 

Price £17.50  P & P £3.00 UK £4.50 Europe £7.50  ROW
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