Why Not? The Story of a Retail Maverick and Courts tells the story of Terry O’Connor and how he brought a British household name to Singapore.
Part biography, the book gives a fascinating insight into the history of Courts, a general goods stores first set up in 1850 in Canterbury, England, its subsequent expansion into Southeast Asia, and its transformation from a furniture retailer to a purveyor of electronic goods.
The author relates his personal journey from trainee buyer in an electronics store in Liverpool to chief executive of Courts Asia, and gives thoughtful insights into doing business in Southeast Asia.
Terry O’Connor is the CEO of Courts Asia, the largest retailer of consumer electronics and home furnishings in Southeast Asia. Hailing from Liverpool, England, Terry holds an MBA in Retailing and Wholesaling from the University ofStirling. A leading figure in the wider British community in Singapore, he was president of the British Chamber of Commerce (BritCham) from 2006 to 2010. He was conferred the award of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty The Queen of England in 2010.