Whitbread’s highly-regarded finance director Chris Rogers is being tipped to take over when Alan Parker finally quits as chief executive. But columnist Dominic Walsh reckons the hot money is on Patrick Dempsey, managing director of the hotel and restaurant division and a former head of Forte Hotels UK. Dempsey is currently in America on a two-month advanced management course at Harvard Business School, the same course that Parker completed in 1996. The Times 27/09/08 page 58 (Business – City Diary)