News has reached the Wells Street Journal that a rogue phone-jacker has been making hoax calls claiming to be Novia chief exec Bill Vasilieff.
The Scot became aware only recently when contacted by Old Mutual chief exec Paul Feeney to ask if Vasilieff was still able to attend a meeting scheduled for the following week. After some confusion, it emerged that the meeting had been booked on behalf of the Novia boss by a hoax caller without his knowledge.
The unidentified rogue impersonator has also been calling Novia’s Bath offices claiming to be Vasilieff.
It remains unclear who is behind the calls or indeed their motivation, but you have to admire their ability to pass themselves off as the man of few words.
In fact, Vasilieff’s love of the quiet life is so pronounced that in a profile interview with Money Marketing in 2009, he declared that his preferred choice of music was “silence”.
Anyone able to pull off the combination of intermittent silences and a hushed, barely understandable Scottish drone has perhaps a career as a professional impersonator in front of them.