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Jenkins, Michael (3 of 8) National Life Stories: City Lives

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  • Recording date

    1991-10-01, 1991-11-02, 1991-21-03, 1991-15-05

  • Is part of (Collection)

    City Lives

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's office, London

  • Interviewees

    Jenkins, Michael, 1932-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Burk, Kathy, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3 (tape 2 side A): MJ did not go into law - did not have the patience. Went to Shell Oil in 1956: was a graduate trainee in Manchester; first responsible job was looking after a group of petrol stations. Ended up looking after main Shell customers in London area - he thought this was all wrongly organised. Moved to IBM in 1962 as a salesman; good training programme. Then got involved with airlines, where the larger ones were putting in the first seat reservation systems; he managed a very big project. Co-ordinated getting the system into the airlines, especially BOAC, and up and running. Assessment of IBM and its culture. Could motivate its staff. MJ left because he was lured away to Robson Morrow and Co., a management consultants, by a former IBM man. Management consultancy - attracted by project work, on your own; was a good stepping stone. Assessment of what management consultants do.

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    Interview with Sir Michael Jenkins OBE, Chief Executive of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) (1981-1992).

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