THE BOOK OF LISTS: Some sensational sackings as well as the ITV Digital saga

If your head was going to roll in 2002 you had to make sure it rolled in style (or at least in a blaze of acrimony, intrigue, surprise, arrogance and preferably all of these) to make this year's Book of Lists.

It was a challenge that tested some of the industry's biggest chiefs, particularly when Vivendi Universal's Jean-Marie Messier set the bar so high after his lofty ambitions for media domination ended up with a P45 in the summer. At Bertelsmann, Thomas Midelhoff was ousted by equally impatient shareholders, while Flextech Telewest's Adam Singer found himself impaled on a £5.4 billion debt.

Paul Simons proved that agencies were just as good at dramatic oustings (indeed, Simons' exit makes a couple of the lists in this year's Book) as he left Ogilvy & Mather in a puff of unprecedented vitriol while the shameful saga of ITV Digital saw a couple of heads axed - Steve Morrison and Stuart Prebble.

Heads that rolled, p47.


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