The arrangement of the room is not to Zaha Hadid’s liking. The permanent exhibition space, a five-minute walk from the office of Zaha Hadid Architects, is in a converted Victorian school in London’s design hotspot of Clerkenwell. It displays some of her product designs: a large spidery, sludgy-yellow construction that is in fact a daybed; a huge, beautiful glassy acrylic table; and some purple shelves that look like aeroplane wings.
Main One Cable is executing what may perhaps be the biggest project that may change the way data is moved in Africa by seeking the sea route between Africa and Europe, this time through submarine cabling system using optic fibre technology. This way, while others relied on satellite system (very slow) to move data, especially in Nigeria and West Africa, Main One is exploring the more reliable and far cheaper undersea option.
There are so many ways that executives can look at the investment environment and take the decision to either invest their money or seek for investors’ money to pursue a project. But once he went public on Tuesday to announce an initial public offering (IPO), Hakeem Ogunniran, the chief executive of UACN Property Development Company (UPDC), immediately knew he was sticking out his neck.
In any given week, Jeff Immelt might hop from China to South Korea to Japan, visiting customers, inspecting newly made jet engines or locomotives, and talking one-on-one with members of General Electric’s vast workforce, many of them junior members of the organisation. “You don’t have to do all the work,” he says. “You’ve got 300,000 people to do that. But you have to understand how work is getting done.”
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