Apologies to Standard Life group actuarial director Bob King after the Diary's cartoonist depicted him recentlyas a cigar-smoking, Champagne-swilling, caviar-eating executive asking for a handout from Aviva group chief executive Richard Harvey. Nothing could be further from the truth, says Bob.
Apparently, the two top life company executives used to work together in Wellington, New Zealand and King has followed his former colleague's earnings with interest since their return to Blighty, eyeing Harvey's recent £1.4m pay pack-age with resignation rather than covetousness. “I don't recognise the chap in the cartoon – I don't smoke, I don't like caviar and I'm not overly fond of Champagne,” King tells the Diary.
A more appropriate representation would have seen him wearing an All-Blacks shirt and drinking Steinlager. Sorry, Bob. Next time we'll try to get it right.