Anthony A. Clifton
Current Employer/Organisation Name
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
Owned weekly newspaper publishing group 1987-2015 Cable TV Vice President 1982-1986 Assistant VP State Street Bank – Boston 1981-1982 International Credit Rep – First National Bank of Chicago 1975-1981 UK Treasury 1971-1974 Times Newspapers (Advertising) 1970-1971 Charter Consolidated (mining/finance/investments) 1969-1970
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
Wanted to own a service business with long term growth upside.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
President – Debating Society, Tennis Team.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
Freedom to learn, think and communicate in place of rote learning at secondary school.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
Meeting a diverse range of fellow students from different social and economic backgrounds.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
The then Head of Medieval History offered me a place.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
Sales – learning the most difficult art of all listening carefully to others and then mirroring back what I think I heard. Dealing with a wide assortment of people of different temperaments, languages, attitudes.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Network like crazy and talk to as many people as possible in careers that may interest you.
What are your plans for the future?
Write a fifth novel (mix of fact and fiction). Invest wisely Stay mentally and physically fit at all costs.