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Dear old Chris Finlayson

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 15.36.15“With hindsight you should revisit his CV printed out by the BG Group at the time of his appointment, a work of fiction that Hans Christian Andersen would have been proud of. You are right, your web site warned the World about his previous track record but such foresight is often ignored.”

Comment received from Bill Campbell, Retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International

John

There was many years ago a principle put forward by LJ Peter in his 1969 book as to why things always go wrong in organisations.  Peter espoused that managers were oft promoted into positions that they were incompetent to handle. So it was with Chris Finlayson who was tracked up through the ranks holding on to the coat tails of his mentor TFA Brinded.  I used to call it the parasitical approach to development and promotion through attachment to a big powerful animal who was on an accelerated promotion curve the employee could avoid the normal HR assessment process safeguarded by his powerful mentor.  In return Brinded had a set of disciples who would be loyal and unquestioning and whom he could micromanage as he saw fit. 

Such was the case with dear old Chris.  With hindsight you should revisit his CV printed out by the BG Group at the time of his appointment, a work of fiction that Hans Christian Andersen would have been proud of.  You are right, your web site warned the World about his previous track record but such foresight is often ignored. Perhaps Malcolm will see him all right at Network rail or elsewhere.

Regards

Bill

For more information about the relevant CV see: BG Group corporate incubator for Shell strays?

RESPONSE BY JOHN DONOVAN

Bill

According to the reports of his sacking, Finlayson received  a £1.3 million payoff, so he has plenty of funds for legal action against us if he contends that anything we have stated is untrue.

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