Close-Up: The hot seat - Gary Leih, Ogilvy Group UK

Name: Gary Leih

Job: Chairman and chief executive, Ogilvy Group UK

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

In that time, I think I could down a few glasses of the finest Chardonnay, smoke half a packet of cigarettes, and eat a grilled crayfish and salad. All while speed-reading War And Peace.

- What's your best joke?

What do you call a fly with no wings? A walk.

- What's your biggest fear?

The e-mails I send after a (now thankfully almost extinct) long lunch.

- When did you last cry and why?

When I saw the Nielsen billings table published in Campaign in February. Wouldn't you?

- Who is your hero?

Nelson Mandela

- Name one thing about yourself that few people know?

I am a qualified bricklayer.

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

A svelte, tanned Adonis.

- With which historical figure do you most identify and why?

Otto von Bismarck - because, for a brief time, he managed a mighty empire by unifying a diverse collection of squabbling fiefdoms.

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

My three training sessions a week with the long-suffering Vincenzo at Virgin Active health club.

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

That nice letter from Sir Martin Sorrell, which says that if the office ever burns down, we can move back to the City.

- Are you happy?

Now that I've completed yet another Campaign questionnaire, yes, I think I am.

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

I would spend the day watching Nelson Mandela, who, even at the age of 90, continues doing his remarkable work for good.

- What's your most evocative childhood memory?

My first camping holiday with my parents and sister in the mountains of Montague in the Western Cape.

- What belief do you hold most strongly?

Even if it is the most difficult thing and/or the most unpopular thing, you just have to do the right thing.

- What's on your iPod most-played list?

Crisis? What Crisis? by Supertramp (more relevant now I think than when it was released 34 years ago).

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