UK: Profile - Sipko Huismans of Courtaulds.

UK: Profile - Sipko Huismans of Courtaulds. - The chief executive of Courtaulds talks to Chris Blackhurst in the classless language of international business.

by Chris Blackhurst.

The chief executive of Courtaulds talks to Chris Blackhurst in the classless language of international business.

Ten minutes into lunch with Sipko Huismans, the Dutch-born chief executive of Courtaulds, the chemicals group, and I drop a clanger - one that he has heard many times before, but a clanger, nevertheless. And one, he says, that only an Englishman would make. We are talking about Maastricht, or rather I am listening to a broadside against John Major for not stating the case for the Treaty forcefully enough, when I put my foot in it.

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