New objectives, a new management structure, successful businesses sold off - nothing is sacred, the Unilever boss tells Andrew Davidson, not even Lever Bros, the cornerstone of the business.
The Irish are coming. Gerry Robinson at Granada. Terry Leahy at Tesco. Peter Sutherland at BP. Terry Neill at Andersen's. Sir Christopher Bland at the BBC. 'And me,' says Niall FitzGerald, with a little tortoise-smile and a twinkle in his dark, hooded eyes. Earlier this year, he reminds me, barely months after he had started as chairman of Unilever, he was being told to push off 'back over the Irish Sea' by Sir Norman Tebbit because of his views on Europe. Now, well, things are changing quite fast.