Magazine article Management Today

MT Travel: Globetrotter

Magazine article Management Today

MT Travel: Globetrotter

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Francisco Valim travels 200,000 miles a year as CEO of Experian UK & Ireland, EMEA and Latin America.

He beats the 3am curse in the gym

- How many business miles have you clocked up in how many countries over the past year?

In excess of 200,000 miles across 30 countries. I spend about 10 working days of the month travelling.

- What's your favourite airport?

Heathrow, especially terminal 5.

I also like Charles de Gaulle in Paris.

Both airports have plenty of staff on hand to make life a little easier and they never seem too overcrowded.

- Favourite hotel?

I choose hotels by their gyms. If they don't have one then I don't stay there. Other requirements are no-smoking rooms and a king-size bed.

- In flight - booze or no booze?

No booze. I'm very rigid. I get on board, go to bed, don't eat or drink, and wake up just before landing.

- Do you like trains?

I tend not to use them when travelling as they take much longer.

They can be quicker when travelling across Europe, though.

- Do you trust helicopters?

Yes. They're very convenient and they allow you to avoid the traffic.

But I don't use them regularly - it would be nice but you can manage without one. …

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