Kerr's people: Shira Cornwall; Jonathan Hakim; John Langton
Executive director and head of European bond credit research, UBS
Did Shira Cornwall disappoint her tutors? Certainly she hasn't disappointed herself. She withstood the vociferous banter and verbal hazing in the male-dominated Salomon training programme, which in fact proved to be perfect acclimatization for Solly's trading room in London. She didn't become a bond trader, but neither did Lewis, with whom she briefly worked. They were both salesmen - Cornwall's first assignment was on the uk gilts and Eurosterling desk. There she quickly learnt that if you have a story to tell you pick up the most profitable and largest tickets.