The man who launched Channel 4, Sir Jeremy Isaacs, writes for MT's book pages this month, reviewing the autobiography of his successor Michael Grade, which he finds surprisingly candid. Apart from overseeing the birth of a TV station which exceeded all expectations, Isaacs also headed the Royal Opera House for 10 years. During his time there he famously gave the BBC2 cameras the free run of the House - and, on camera, had one very memorable close shave.
Still well remembered as co-author of the '80s style 'n' snobbery bible, The Sloane Ranger Handbook, Peter York now writes in MT on the importance of image and presentation in the '90s. This month he broadens this remit to analyse the results of our survey on whether men or women make the best bosses and what this means to the future of boardrooms.
He heads SRU, the management consultancy, writes for the Independent on Sunday and works on identifying emerging social and power groupings.
Andrew Wileman is obsessed by e-commerce, mobile communications and the new infotech economy, but in his analysis of Orange this month found himself out-enthused by Hans Snook, its chief executive and a kindred Eng Lit graduate. Wileman left literature and rock music behind for Harvard Business School and consulting work with Booz Allen, BCG and OC&C. Today he runs his own strategy consultancy - and writes our smart cookies column.
When MT wanted to recommend six of the best books for entrepreneurs, we asked Luke Johnson, who can tell you a thing or two about start-ups.
Best known for his stewardship of PizzaExpress, Johnson has selected some no-nonsense titles ranging from The Book of Business Wisdom to How to Lose $100,000,000 and Other Valuable Advice. He has now left the pizza specialist and is currently chairman of Belgo, the Belgian mussels-and-chips chain which recently bought The Ivy and Le Caprice restaurants.
Electronic illustrator Eddie Bowen says he is still recuperating from a family holiday in Boston, where one of his daughters managed to insert a screw into her nose three hours before their flight home, necessitating a dash to hospital, where he had to pay $200 for its removal. When he's not repairing DIY offspring, Bowen provides computer-generated images for publications such as Arena, George and Men's Health. His work accompanies our feature on the 'digerati'.
Dedicated to keeping the 'man' in management, our back-page diarist is a living example of all that's best in the traditional business leader: strong views, powerfully expressed - and at full volume when necessary.
Director of marketing for the UK arm of Smokehouse, a FTSE 500 company that sells everything from soup to nuts, his day-to-day journal is a revelation in the arts of networking, delegation and reinvention - while still finding the time for the occasional drink, a smoke and lunch with a likely newcomer.