It was today announced that Claude will become Lord Sugar’s new advisor, taking the reins from Nick who stepped down last Decemer after 10 years as Lord Sugar’s eyes and ears during the biggest business challenge on TV.
Claude has known Lord Sugar for 25 years, having served as a director of Amstrad plc, Amstrad International, Dancall, Viglen and Tottenham Hotspur.
Already well known on The Apprentice for his yearly appearance during the interview stages, Claude will join returning Baroness Karren Brady in following the candidates during each task and reporting back to Lord Sugar on their progress, successes and failures.
Claude said: “If the candidates think I am soft and fluffy, they haven't been watching me on The Apprentice over the past decade.
"I will now be assessing their performance in the process, individually and within their teams. I will be reporting to Lord Sugar to play my part in ensuring that his personal investment of £250,000 goes to the best candidate. I'm ready, and this won't be a walk in the park!”
Lord Sugar added: “I first worked with Claude in 1990 and trust his judgement completely. He will no doubt take a very different approach to Nick. It’s great to have him on board.”
The Apprentice 2015 will air on BBC One later this year.