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Better know a CEO: John Smith, Recruitment International

Smith has been with the Recruitment International Group since 1989. He currently serves as regional director overseeing Hungary, Poland and Romania. He is responsible for developing strategies to ensure the group’s goals are met, and wherever possible, exceeded. He has worked for Recruitment International in several countries, including the UK, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Hungary. Previously, he worked for the Royal Insurance Group at the UK head office. His interests include sports – the Liverpool Football Club in particular –, he is a regular veteran football player, and enjoys reading and cooking.

What talent would you most like to have?

Piano playing.

What is the trait you most disapprove of in others?


Who is your favorite hero in fiction?

Robin Hood.

What kind of job did you dream of when you were a child?

Train driver (father worked on railway).

What is your greatest regret?

Never driving a train.

What is your greatest fear?

I am not a great worrier, so that is a bit hard to answer.

What makes you sad?


When and where were you the happiest?

Childhood probably, but I feel pretty content now too.

What is the most extravagant thing you’ve done in your life?

Paying through the nose to watch ‘El Clásico’ in Madrid.

What is the one thing without which you can not imagine your life in Hungary (excluding family)?


What is your most treasured possession?

A sense of humor.

What is your favorite Hungarian dish?

Rakott krumpli.

What is your favorite Hungarian word?

Csókolom . . . so polite!

What is the weirdest thing you have experienced in Hungary?

Roasted rooster testicles!

What Hungarian habit did you get accustomed to most easily?

Eating/drinking outdoors . . . not common in northwest England.

Which word do you tend to overuse?

“Why not?”

What is your favorite gadget?

Not a gadget person.

What does your dream dinner party look like (occasion, venue, guests, menu, music or whatever is important to you)?

Close friends and family overlooking the Med and eating seafood.

What is your dream to live to see?

England wins the World Cup again.

What three things (excluding persons) would you take with you to a deserted island?

Complete Charles Dickens, a dog and a fishing rod (with gear).