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Roy Jeans

Roy Jeans


Chief executive



Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 3059 0400


175, High Holborn, London, , WC1V 7AA


22 September (same as Bilbo Baggins) 1956.

Career highlights

Teaching undergrads at USC; managing director, Zenith Outdoor; general manager, Zenith; MD, Amra; MD, Initiative; MD, Magna; CEO, ipm.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Romford, summer 1988. Ask Patrick Burton!

Best thing about your job

Colleagues, working with smart people, humour.

Worst thing about your job

Certain repetition.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Poetry is news that stays news.

If you could be anyone else in this business, who would it be?

I wouldn't want to be anybody else – I lack the imagination.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

More study on Donald Coxeter and Benoît Mandelbrot.

Your USP?

Friendly, focused and fortunate.

What would you change about yourself?

My tendency to overheat.

Favourite media

Monocle, International Herald Tribune, The Economist, Google, Vanity Fair,

Favourite shop

Etro and Piquadro – both Milan.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

Too many, or few, to mention.

How many toilets do you own?

Five (three in the UK, two in Italy).

What can’t you live without (apart from family)?

Swimming goggles, books, Ventolin inhaler, Joni Mitchell, Maltesers.


Jeans is a highly esteemed negotiator and a well-liked chief executive. Small but scrappy, ipm may have a long way to go to catch up on the big two in the market, but still holds tight to its market share, despite a flurry of outdoor upstarts in recent years.

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