At the Guardian, Caitlin Fitzsimmons and John Plunkett have been chatting to headhunters. They’ve come up with a few more candidates for the vacant chief executive’s role at GCap. All are very long shots.
Malcolm Wall, chief executive of Virgin Media’s content division, is one of them. Perhaps this isn’t so surprising, since Virgin Media now seems more interested in super-fast broadband provision than competing head-on with BSkyB.
But Wall looks increasingly like an almost-man. He almost succeeded Clive Hollick at United Business Media. He almost became chief executive of ITV. And he almost got the top job at EMAP when that still meant something. Too many almosts, we think.
Then there’s Shaun Gregory, the former EMAP radio exec who is now UK chief executive of pan-European free mobile operator Blyk (a long shot, given that Blyk only launched a few months ago).
They’re also suggesting Mark Howe, the country sales director at Google UK. (He’d have to be insane, right?)