His music choice
STEVE BOOYSEN has with varying degrees of success chosen the background music that’s been played at Absa results presentations in recent years. The fact he chose Rhinestone Cowboy – a song that originally appeared on Glen Campbell’s 20th Century Records Album Black and Blue Suite – might reflect the beating the banking sector has taken over recent years. However, Booysen chose the Neil Diamond cover version – perhaps comfortable with its cowboy-ridinginto-the-sunset imagery providing a certain poignancy to the event.
According to Wikipedia, several music writers have over the past 30 years noted that Campbell identified with the subject matter of Rhinestone Cowboy – “Survival and making it, particularly when the chips are down – very strongly.” Clearly, Booysen does too.
While the timing of his exit came sooner than he might have expected, Absa’s outgoing CEO appears relieved he’s not going to have to manoeuvre