Claude Littner is known as the mercilessly tough interviewer on TV's The Apprentice. Few candidates have risen to his standards of honesty, hard work and determination - qualities he has also expected of himself throughout his varied career.
SINGLE-MINDED recounts the key moments of Littner's life in business, starting with his dismal record as the pupil condemned to the back of the class at his French-speaking school in west London and finishing with his experiences of grilling candidates on The Apprentice. Whether it be his time as Chairman of Amstrad International; Chief Executive of Tottenham Hotspur; turning around a multi-billion-dollar global oil services business or the fact that he started his first business on his own and made a success of it, he shares the lessons learned from working hard, finding what you're good at and squeezing everything out of an opportunity.
Littner's single-mindedness has seen him through difficult corporate turnarounds, public criticism in the media, being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and given six months to live, and numerous other challenges. His story will inspire anyone starting out and wanting to learn from the good decisions as well as the mistakes, The Apprentice fans intrigued by the man behind the frosty demeanour and those who think they have what it takes to ace one of Littner's blood-curdling interviews.
CLAUDE LITTNER is a British business executive. He started his career as an accountant at Unilever in the early 1970s, and has since become a hugely successful turnaround specialist and the chief executive or chairman of a number of high-profile companies, including Tottenham Hotspur, where he was chief executive from 1993 to 1998. He is also a fixture on the BBC's hugely popular The Apprentice TV show, having appeared in every series since it first aired in 2005. In 2014, the University of West London's business school was named after Claude in appreciation of his exemplary professional track record and contributions to the university. He is currently a visiting professor there, focusing on training the next generation of outstanding business people.