Last year you were awarded the French Legion of Honour – congratulations!
Communication Director Magazine
Since becoming EU commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud in 2004, you have become well-known for working towards a more transparent EU. Where does this strong personal interest derive from?
In his new book, Flat Earth News, campaigning journalist Nick Davis has revealed the rot at the heart of the modern media landscape - from overworked journalists, corrupt media owners and over-powerful PR groups.
You became chief communication officer at Credit Suisse Group in 2004. After four years of residing in the country known best for the Alps, expensive watches and delicious cheese, how would you describe the Swiss?
I have always been fascinated by language. New words and sayings not only enter our language at regular intervals, but they seem to sum up an era.
Over 50,000 employees active on about 10,000 construction or development projects in Europe, the US and Latin America.
You hold both British and Canadian citizenships – how did you end up with dual citizenship?
On April 14, Eyjafjallajökull volcano in the south of Iceland started erupting clouds of black ash. The whole world soon woke up to the consequences, as airspace was closed down across Europe, affecting flights throughout the world.