'A search for excitement and optimism'
The book on my bedside table is... "Lampedusa's 'The Leopard'. It transports you to a sun-drenched Sicily in the 1850s."
The best gift I received recently was... "My children made a model of my farm with all the little animals on it."
If I wasn't doing what I do, I'd... "most likely be an academic. Or something where there is excitement and optimism."
My greatest indulgence is... "I have an Aston Martin DB5. It's exactly the same age as I am, and just as unreliable."
My favourite box set is... "It has to be 'Mad Men' - the evolution of marketing is fascinating. And I loved 'The Sopranos' too."
The place where my best ideas come to me is... "I take long baths. It's a bit of a sanctuary in the modern world."
My favourite apps are... "Spotify and the flight tracking ones."
My favourite website is... "As an ex-director, I love the BBC website."
The most valuable piece of business advice I ever got was... "I have an assistant who asks everyone I meet this. But for young people, find a place where you're surrounded by great people and learn from them."
Sunday Indo Business