Full name: Daniel Eric Arthur Pettit
Born: February 19, 1915 in Liverpool, Merseyside, Great Britain
Died: July 28, 2010 in Worcester, Worcestershire, Great Britain
Affiliations: University of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Liverpool born Daniel Pettit attended Quarry Bank High School, the future alma mater of the Beatles, and played football for the youth teams of both Liverpool and Everton. He was accepted into Cambridge University and it was whilst a student that he was picked to play for the British team at the Berlin Olympic Games. He played in the first round match against China but was not picked for the quarter-final tie against Poland. After graduating from Cambridge he worked as a school teacher until the outbreak of war. From 1940 to 1946 he served in the Royal Artillery in North Africa, India and Myanmar and left the army with the rank of major.
Pettit joined the Anglo-Dutch company Unilever in 1948 and embarked on a successful business career. He became chairman of SPD, a Unilever subsidiary before leaving to become chairman of the National Freight Corporation, a post he held for a decade. Pettit also served as a director of Lloyds Bank and in 1974 was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to British trade and industry.
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