Ross Highfield

Qualifications: BA (Hons), French & Italian, University of Bristol. MA, Modern European Cultures, University of Birmingham.

Languages spoken: English, French, Italian.

Sector focus: FMCG, Industrial, Logistics, Pharmaceuticals.

Which European country that you have not yet visited is top of your list to see, and why? Norway, mainly because of the Lofoten Islands.

What is your speciality dish to cook? My partner suggested “buttered toast”. But I think I make a pretty good vegetarian lasagne.

If you were to give one suggestion to the CEO of LinkedIn, what would it be? Stop making it harder to use Boolean search strings even on paid-for accounts.

What is the most enjoyable book that you’ve read recently? Difficult to pick one. Fiction: The City and The Pillar by Gore Vidal. Non-fiction: Walking the Nile by Levison Wood.

What would be your karaoke song? Assuming I could sing and therefore wouldn’t be destroying a song I love – Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen.

Who would be the guests at your dream dinner party? How big is the table? Win and Régine from Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Philip Roth, Paula Radcliffe, Gigi Buffon and Christophe Dugarry.

What do you most enjoy about working in executive search? Working with household names on a wide range of projects anywhere in the world.

Mountains or sea? My holidays almost always involve hiking in the mountains somewhere, so it’s seriously bad planning on my part if mountains isn’t the answer.

What is your favourite film? I don’t watch many films, but Goodbye Lenin, Life is Beautiful, and The Departed immediately came to mind, so one of those.

What would you rather fight – 20 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? I’m struggling to imagine that a giant duck would be that mobile or scary, so I’ll fight him / her.