Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> February 19, 2001

Ian Menzies-gow – Geest Plc (get.l)

IAN MENZIES-GOW is the Executive Chairman of Geest Plc. Mr Menzies-Gow's arrival at Geest marked a return to the food and drink industry after 10 years' absence. He joined the Imperial Group in 1970 and fulfilled a number of senior operational roles in their food businesses, culminating in the role of Managing Director of HP Foods in 1984. The take-over of Imperial by Hanson offered Mr Menzies-Gow a further change in career direction; as a result he has run or been responsible for many companies. These includes a South African battery manufacturer, a vitamin supplement company, a major high street retailer, a leading UK brickmaker, the biggest aggregates company in Britain and the public flotation of a significant British housebuilder. He joined Geest in 1996, as Executive Chairman, following Hanson's de-merger. He became Chairman of the Chilled Food Association in October 1999. Profile
TWST: Could we start with a quick corporate profile of Geest: what are

its core businesses?

Mr. Menzies-Gow: Geest is a business that has been re-inventing itself

over the last five years or