September 8, 2010 5:02 am

Shifting gears

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Andy Duncan, the former Channel 4 chief, is moving into the driving seat of luxury car dealership HR Owen

Andy Duncan, the former Channel 4 chief, has bid farewell to the bright lights of the media and is to move into the driving seat of luxury car dealership HR Owen.

While it seems like a sharp gearshift from his days at Channel 4 (HRO has a market cap of just under £20m ($31m) and is focused in the south-east of England), the 48-year-old says he’s looking forward to the “entrepreneurial” aspect of running a smaller company. He’ll also indulge in a lifelong passion for posh cars: his dream model is a Bugatti Veyron, although he drives a more affordable Audi S5 Cabriolet, and keeps a Jaguar at home.

Selling things to customers will be something of a homecoming for Mr Duncan: before joining the BBC in 2001 as marketing director, he worked at Unilever for 17 years, where he oversaw brands such as Flora and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

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