Sutherland's chairman's letter states that the oil firm will 'refresh the cadre of non-executive directors through 2009.'
Don't know about you but when I hear the word 'refresh' I get images of a nice cold drink on a warm summer's day or slightly less agreeable images of someone (or something) in dire need of a good clean.
I'm guessing this wasn't Sutherland's intention. Either way, it sounds wonderfully innocuous. What he actually means is that some of the board will be getting the heave-ho. And there was me thinking we'd reached the end of management twaddle...
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