Magazine article Management Today

If I Had to Start Again ... David Kappler

Magazine article Management Today

If I Had to Start Again ... David Kappler

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I considered a career in politics in my youth.

I was an active young Conservative, and a couple of guys who were in the same group as me went on to become MPs. But the problem with politics is a; the pay is not very good, and b; I'm not sure I could cope with MP's surgery - I don't have enough patience to listen to somebody moan about their neighbour's tree blocking the light from their garden.

I began my career in the bowels of Cadbury's factory in Bourneville, and ended up there again when Cadbury bought Trebor, which I was working for, in 1989. My favourite role at Cadbury, though, was as FD of the confectionary division. I liked having a bit of status - suddenly, when I was out there talking to the operators of businesses around the world, I had real credibility. I could talk to them on their terms.

I can't help but feel sad about the sale of Cadbury to Kraft, although I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner. The situation was created by the demerger of the North American soft drink business, after which Cadbury became a pure confectionary player, enabling someone with deep pockets to buy it. …

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