Obituary: Fred Kapner, 1960-2005
Fred Kapner, the Financial Times' Europe news editor who died suddenly at the end of 2005 aged 45, was a meticulous reporter and exacting news editor held in high esteem by colleagues and contacts alike.
In the last article that Fred wrote for the Financial Times, he invited his readers to take a journey with him to the outskirts of Florence.
La grande famille de la presse a perdu l’un de ses meilleurs « reporters ». Fred Kapner, Europe News Editor du « Financial Times », est décédé le 28 décembre, à quarante-cinq ans, d’une rupture d’anévrisme.
Read a selection of Fred’s writing
To visit Boboli Gardens is to connect with the essence of Italy. Even for jaded Florentines, the gardens rising up the hill behind the Pitti Palace are a graceful escape from the treeless and congested Renaissance city. Or, rather, they were.
Memories of the country’s most lurid scandals
Italian companies, their image stung by the Parmalat scandal, are scrambling to improve transparency and corporate governance during this month's round of annual shareholder meetings.
When Calisto Tanzi stepped out of his $45m Bombardier Global Express jet in Managua, Nicaragua, in June 2002, the founder and chairman of Parmalat appeared to be on top of the world. But Mr Tanzi’s downfall has dealt corporate Italy’s reputation a huge fresh blow.
As Parmalat executives last December took a hammer to a computer at headquarters and crudely attempted to destroy evidence, one of the most damning files under attack was ‘Account 999’.
Political pressures are forcing the troubled Italian carmaker to maintain a factory that has never made economic sense.