first_img Wednesday 5 January 2011 8:07 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com IT’S NOT JUST BP: EVEN THE BEST MEDIA SPINNERS CAN’T STOP SOME CHIEF EXECUTIVES FROM CAUSING HAVOC WHEN PUT IN FRONT OF A MICROPHONE 1 Gerald Ratner called Ratners’ jewellery products “total crap” in 1991. His remarks wiped £500m from the value of the firm (later renamed Signet), and “doing a Ratner” became synonymous with corporate bloopers.2 Topman brand chief David Shepherd described his customers as “hooligans or whatever” in a 2001 interview. He clarified that “very few of our customers have to wear suits to work. They’ll be for his first interview or first court case.”3 The fate of BP’s media chief Andrew Gowers was sealed last May, when chief executive Tony Hayward said: “I would like my life back”. A month later BP’s chairman assured victims that he “cared about the small people”.4 The chief exec of music label EMI Alain Levy managed to insult the whole of Finland in 2002 after cutting a subsidiary in the country because there were no artists there “who could sing”. EMI’s Finnish offshoot was actually a market leader with 49 successful but annoyed musicians on its books.5 Barclays chief executive Matt Barrett dropped a clanger in 2003 when he said he and his family would never use credit cards. He told a Treasury Select Committee that Barclaycard credit in particular was “too expensive”. TOP OF THE GAFFES Share KCS-content center_img Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULL whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more