Mr 20 per cent
It wasn’t only vertiginous wooden church spires that were aiming high. As the ‘can-do’ decade of the 1980s got into its business-friendly stride, changes were taking place at the top of Rentokil.
CEO Sir Clive Thompson oversaw an era of rapid expansion.
Clive Thompson arrived as a director in 1982, stepping up to the role of CEO the following year. Thompson had begun his corporate career in 1964 as a marketing trainee at Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell. After a stint in pharmaceuticals as General Manager at Boots East Africa, he was running Jeyes’ successful aerosol-packing business before he turned 30. By the age of 35, the high-flying ...