Close-Up: The Hot Seat - Emily Bliss, Home Corp

Name: Emily Bliss

Job: Managing director, Home Corp

- You've got five hours left before the world explodes. What do you do?

Build a time machine.

- What's your best joke?

I have terrible comic timing so I avoid telling jokes.

- What's your biggest fear?

Being seated at the bar in The Ivy.

- When did you last cry and why?

At the gate of a BA flight to Rome. The bastards had offloaded my bag and given my seat to someone else. I thought tears might sway them ... but no chance.

- Who is your hero?

Martha Gellhorn. War journalist and novelist, once married to Ernest Hemingway and reputedly the lover of the war photographer Robert Capa.

- Name one thing about yourself that few people know.

I'm a surprisingly good shot (given how badly co-ordinated I can be) and have a "half blue" for pistol shooting for Cambridge Uni.

- What's the worst thing about your job?

Letting people go - fortunately that doesn't happen too often.

- What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Red hair. Blue eyes.

- Which historical figure do you most identify with and why?

Che Guevara. We were born on the same day.

- If you had a trained monkey, what would you make it do?

Cook, clean, iron and drive me around.

- If your office was burning down, what object would you save and why?

She won't like being referred to as an object - but my PA. Life would be unbearable without her.

- Are you happy?

Mostly - unless I'm flying BA.

- What would you do if you were invisible for the day?

I couldn't resist a good old snoop around Hollywood, particularly the haunts of the Scientology lot.

- What's your most evocative childhood memory?

My aunt putting me on her horse when I was three. I screamed blue murder when they tried to take me off ... it's since become a very expensive "hobby".

- What's your most irritating habit?

My technophobia.

- What belief do you hold most strongly?

Giving opportunities to, and nurturing, young talent. Seeing people grow is my greatest source of satisfaction at work.

- What do you wear in bed?

Vertiver, by Jo Malone.


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