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Jill McDonald

Jill McDonald


Chief marketing officer



Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 8700 7307.


11-59 High Road, East Finchley, London, , N2


15th May 1964


Big Calm by Morcheeba.


Perfume by Patrick Suskind.

Breakfast radio show

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Career history

Graduate trainee and various assistant brand manager and brand manager roles including Palmolive soap and new product development, Colgate Palmolive, 1987-1990.Brands management executive to head of global marketing, British Airways 1990-2006.

Daily newspaper

The Times.

Everyone's saying

With a surname like hers, perhaps she was destined for a top job at the fast-food chain. She is a well regarded marketer but faces a formidable challenge as the company battles against wobbling sales and the relentless criticism of its role in fuelling obesity.


Married with two sons aged five and four.

Favourite ad

Volvo 'cages save lives': a poster with a diver in a cage and a great white shark.

Favourite technology

My new BlackBerry.

Greatest achievement

It's a cliché, but nothing comes close to my children.

Magazine (pleasure)


Magazine (professional)


Most humbling experience

My father recently died and realising that this life business is all a very temporary state of affairs.

Most-admired entrepreneur

Jamie Oliver.

Sunday newspaper

The Sunday Times.

TV programme

Prime Suspect.



What car do you own

Mercedes CLK convertible.

What principle defines your working life

Work hard, enjoy it and keep it in perspective.

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