Taking Stock – No soft landing for E&Y boss.

The affable Nick Land, senior partner at Ernst & Young, could be forgiven for looking a bit jaded last week.

He had just returned from a day trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he took part in signing a contact between the firm and Saudi’s commissioner for tourism, Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Suad.

The firm has signed up to develop a tourism development plan for the kingdom.

Ironic then that the boyish Land had such a bad trip there.

Thinking he was on the direct overnight flight to the kingdom, he had only just got his head down when the plane touched down again to pick up more ‘tourists’.

And everyone knows what it’s like once you’ve been woken up.

The poor man had to endure similar treatment heading back to London, and looked decidedly unaffable in the office the next day.

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