Day 062 - 06 Dec 94 - Page 03
1 Q. Yes. As we shall shortly see, does the European market
2 include Turkey?
3 A. It includes anything between Moscow and Reykjavik.
5 Q. Including, I think, some countries in North Africa?
6 A. Including Morocco, Egypt at the moment and Israel.
8 Q. When did you join Perseco?
9 A. I joined Perseco in September 1991.
11 Q. What was your position when you first joined them?
12 A. My position at that time was Environmental Supervisor.
14 Q. Had you before you joined them obtained a degree in biology
15 from the University of Nijmegan ----
16 A. Yes.
18 Q. -- in Holland and after that an MBA from the University of
20 A. Yes.
22 Q. Did you move directly from finishing the MDA to join
23 Perseco in Holland?
24 A. Yes.
26 Q. Did you know when you joined Perseco -- this may seem a
27 silly question but please answer it just the same -- what
28 sort of a company it was or its business was?
29 A. Yes, it was. It was advertised at the time as a job
30 serving McDonald's as a customer, so I did know, yes.
32 Q. Can I ask you what influenced, apart from perhaps the money
33 that they were offering, your choice to apply for a job,
34 your decision to apply for job, at Perseco?
35 A. Well, that, basically, started with my decision to
36 actually do an MBA after a study of biology, which to most
37 people already were surprised about. During my study in
38 biology I decided I wanted to go into environmental
39 management, and it seemed like at the time there were not a
40 lot of environmental studies available and the combination
41 of biology and a business study seemed to me a good
42 combination to provide me with a background to go into that
43 field. So, therefore, I did an MBA. Then, obviously,
44 I was looking for jobs in the environmental management
47 My original goal was the chemical industry since I had done
48 an interimship there as well, but anything related to that
49 industry or related to plastics packaging, paper packaging,
50 would have aroused my interest as well. Then when Perseco
51 came up, that was pretty much what I was looking for. It
52 was advertised as a job in which you would be responsible
53 for a lot of the environmental aspects of packaging that
54 was purchased for McDonald's in Europe.
56 Q. Can I ask you this first: Were you conscious at the time
57 when you joined Perseco of the size of McDonald's operation
58 in Europe in broad terms?
59 A. No -- vaguely. I was quite surprised to see how big
60 and fast growing it was when I joined them -- when I had