John Harvey-Jones

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John Harvey-Jones, who is Chairman of the giant company Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), began his career in the Royal Navy and was a lieutenant-commander by the time he moved into industry at the age of 33. In conversation with Roy Plomley, he describes his rapid rise from trainee work study officer at ICI with not even one 'O' Level to being appointed Chairman.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Symphony No 1 in B Flat by Boyce
Book: The Loom of Language by Frederick Bodmer
Luxury: Trap (minus donkey)

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Fri 25 Jan 1985 09:05


Role Contributor
PresenterRoy Plomley
Interviewed GuestJohn Harvey-Jones

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