Jim Hytner

Jim Hytner

Global chief operating officer

IPG Mediabrands

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Bye-bye the decade with no name. What are you relieved to draw a line under?

I’ve loved this decade, aside from Sir Alex leaving me in the lurch, unexpectedly.

What’s your biggest hope for the decade ahead?

To get to one Thirty Club dinner before I’m red-carded forever.

And what’s top of your professional to-do list for the 2020s?

To get more than three hours' sleep on a Thursday night flight back from NYC. Not going to happen as I feel every bump. I am a very fine pilot in my head and need to help fly the plane.

You have to job swap with someone in our industry for one month. Who would it be with and why?

I love my job and my company, and that’s kind of enough. So I’ll say Phil Georgiadis, who I suspect will be reading this from his boat in Greece.

Who is your best friend in the industry and why?

The concierge at the Crosby Street Hotel in NYC. Very nice bloke.

What do you think the Friday feeling is?

Jo, little boys, curry, rosé and Pass the Pigs.

Who or what would you put into room 101 and why?

Mark Trinder and Andy Jones, who taunt me daily about the greatest football club on earth.

If you could uninvent one piece of technology, what would you choose and why?

Corkscrew. Less wine, healthier body.

In the spirit of embracing failure… What has been your biggest screw-up?

I don’t think I should have told my boys that if they supported any other team than Manchester United, they would get no Christmas presents. I have subjected them to deep-rooted, psychological issues and Paul Pogba.

What do you do to stay match fit?

The last time I was match fit, Ted Heath was in power and Jack Simmons was bowling right arm over for Lancs.

What would be your darts walk-on music and why?

The opener from The Marriage of Figaro, ensuring David Kershaw and I were left to play on our own.

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