Five years ago, current Compass chief executive Richard Cousins was busy extracting £3.9bn out of French building materials giant Saint Gobain for the plasterboard supplier BPB. Then he had to grapple with the aftermath of the Turkey Twizzler controversy that was a symptom of wider organisational malaise at Compass Group, the world’s biggest contract caterer, which had posted four profit warnings by the time he became chief executive in May 2006. Next week, however, Cousins, 50, will announce that Compass has completed its turnaround and defensive cost-cutting phases and is back on track for growth and acquisitions. Analysts expect full-year operating profits to be up 12% to a record £989m on revenues 5pc higher at £14.1bn. Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, p72