Oil and chemicals background for new Reed Elsevier CEO Smith

The new boss of Reed Elsevier and hence ICIS has an industry background which includes “the oil, consultancy, healthcare and construction sectors,” according to this profile of Ian Smith in today’s Financial Times. “Mr Smith started his career at Shell,” the article continues, heralding his arrival as chief executive in March.


Reading this on the way to today’s ICIS Baseoils training seminar in London, reminds me that it was at exactly this time last year that I read on the train to the 2008 Baseoils conference about Reed Elsevier’s intention to sell off Reed Business Information, parent company of ICIS.

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