How the Australian series facilitates Kath and Kim diplomacy for the International Chamber of Commerce
Fun, different, unusual: how a character from the iconic Australian TV series Kath and Kim plays an important role in facilitating global diplomacy
- John Denton is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce
- His wife Jane Turner is best known as Kath Day-Knight by Kath and Kim
- Mr. Denton said that political leaders have told him how much they love the show
The first head of the International Chamber of Commerce of Australia has become known about how a secret weapon has helped him convince world leaders.
Former diplomat and lawyer John Denton moved to Paris 18 months ago with wife Jane Turner for the prestigious role of secretary general of the ICC.
His actress and comedian winning by Logie is best known as Kath Day-Knight from the iconic Kath and Kim television series in Australia.
He has long attributed his better half as more valuable to his high-flying career than he has been in show business for her.
Mr. Denton admits that his link with the show has helped break the ice and opened doors with some of the world’s largest movers and shakers in politics and business.
He recalled how a senior political leader could not hide his joy of meeting him on a business trip in Brazil and had similar encounters in the US, Europe and Asia.
Secretary-General John Denton of the International Chamber of Commerce says his close relationship with Kath Day-Knight (photo), the beloved chardonnay-loving foxy idiot of the Australian iconic television series Kath and Kim.
John Denton is depicted with Jane Coombs, the New Zealand ambassador to France
‘It is absolutely crazy how many people I meet who know the show and love it. Jane is actually the face of Australia for many people, “Mr. said. Denton Sydney Morning Herald.
Kath and Kim debut at the ABC in 2002 and are still one of the most popular shows in Australia that millions of fans around the world love.
The first episode of the fourth and final season on Channel Seven in 2007 attracted a national audience of 2.521 million, the highest ever rated episode in Australian television history to Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities was broadcast two years later.
Mr. Denton has talked about how Kath and Kim gave him direct credibility with strangers in some of the largest cities in the world, including New York, London, Rome and Beijing.
“If they know one thing about Australia, besides the classical flora and fauna, they have seen or heard Kath and Kim,” he told the Australian Financial Review in 2016.
“They bent that I married Kath; I’m an instant handbag celebrity, so it really helped my career.
“It was the confrontation with the speed with which the character took over the vernacular of Australia. Kath is just about every woman: a mother and an entrepreneur. “
He and Mrs. Turner met as teenagers and have three adult children.
In the 1980s she put a career ambition on hold for her diplomat who was seconded to Moscow
Their holiday home on the south coast of NSW on New Year’s Eve
Mr. Denton has previously spoken of how Kath and Kim (actresses Gina Riley and Jane Turner portrayed in character) have given him direct credibility with strangers in some of the world’s largest cities