Who is Claude Littner? Lord Sugar’s advisor on The Apprentice – what you need to know

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CLAUDE Littner is known as being Lord Sugar’s advisor on The Apprentice.

He is making a return to the box when the new series of the hit show comes back – here’s what we know about him…

 Claude Littner is a businessman famed for The Apprentice

Claude Littner is a businessman famed for The Apprentice

Who is Claude Littner?

Claude Littner was born May 6, 1949 and is a British business executive and the former chairman of Viglen.

He kicked off his TV career on The Apprentice as one of the official interviewers during the CV round of the show.

When PR guru Nick left the show, Claude stepped into replace him.

What is Claude’s business background?

After training as an accountant, Claude developed a career as a turnaround specialist.

It was in this role that he met Lord Alan Sugar, and agreed to chair a number of Sugar’s companies.

In the early 1990s, Claude was chairman and chief executive of Amstrad International, Amstrad Spain and Dancall Telecom.

In 2009 Lord Sugar resigned from a majority of his UK company directorships, handing over his former management duties to Claude, including the chairman’s post at Viglen.

When Lord Sugar was majority owner and chairman of Tottenham Hotspur football club, Claude was its Chief Executive from 1993 to 1998.

 Claude has been Lord Alan Sugar's right hand man since the 90s - the two men are joined on the board by Karren Brady

Claude has been Lord Alan Sugar’s right hand man since the 90s – the two men are joined on the board by Karren Brady

Who else is on The Apprentice board with Claude and Lord Sugar?

Lord Sugar needs “ears and eyes” on the ground during each week’s tasks.

He used to be helped by silver-tongued Nick Hewer and uber-shrewd Margaret Mountford, who have both left.

But after legal aid Margaret left in 2009, West Ham CEO Karren Brady took over the role.

 The Apprentice returns to the BBC

The Apprentice returns to the BBC

What is The Apprentice and when is it back on BBC One?

The Apprentice is a hit BBC reality show, now about to enter its thirteenth series, featuring hour-long episodes.

Each series of the programme aims to find a new apprentice for billionaire business mogul and Amstrad founder Lord Alan Sugar, who’s worth £1.4bn.

It aims to recreate the toughest of business environments and tasks for its set of contestants, but it is often very funny due to the incompetence and arrogance of the competitors.

The show began in 2005 and has a US equivalent that kicked off in 2004, with Donald Trump in Lord Alan’s equivalent role.

There are celebrity and junior versions of the UK show, too.

The Apprentice returns TODAY (Wednesday October 4) at 9pm on BBC One.

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