(not strictly) Pick n Pay Summer’s time, and the livin’ is easy
Trade Tatler (TT): Hey there, big guy. You’re looking good. Same devilish grin, same pointy shoes. What you been up to?
Sean Summers (SS): Nothing much. The usual. Globetrotting after sporting events. Losing the old shirt on a pyramid scheme. Driving Ferraris. Advising companies in the retail arena … non-competitively obviously. Generally just working out the old restraint, I suppose. Or, more accurately, not.
TT: Anything in the pipeline, at all, that we should know about?
SS: Steinhoff – heard of them? Furniture boys. I’m sort of coordinating their operations in Europe, Africa and the Pacific Rim, including of course Australia, where I have been spending some time overseeing a bit of a management switcheroo. Aus, eh. Great Southern Land. Long, straight roads, just miles and miles of eeeeeeeaaaaooowwrgh! Eeeeeeeaaoowrgh!! Screaming engines! Stampeding kangaroos! The heady, heady smell of unleaded gasoline! The almighty rush of it all!! Sorry, where was I?
TT: Steinhoff, obviously, is a sizeable business, all of whose retail revenue is derived offshore. It has recently gained access to the sizeable French market with the acquisition of Conforama.
SS: Correct. And might I just add that they are as smart as foxes.
Comment: And we might just add: it takes one to know one.