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Success the LOVEFiLM Way: How to Grow A Fast Growth Business in Fast Changing Times by Simon Calver

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CHAPTER 3

Becoming a Dell Boy

There is an ongoing debate in the business community about whether people or strategy comes first. I got my first real insight into this question while working for Pepsi. In 1995 PepsiCo International lost about $500 m, on a turnover of £2 bn, and that was tough.

There were a lot of currency devaluations and write-downs that didn’t help, but the structure of our international franchise business had evolved to become fundamentally flawed and was in need of a radical restructuring. After heading up marketing for the UK, I had gone off to be managing director in Ireland and to work with the Cantrell and Cochrane bottling franchisees there.

I was now called to New York, where the head office was based, and was asked ...

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