17 September 2009 1:19 PM MDT
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Whist was born in Denmark but migrated to Australia as a youth. He became a 'real Aussie' with very little accent and Anglicized his name Andreas Ulf Whist, to Andrew. Later he Americanized it with a middle-initial "J" (which meant nothing, but copied President Truman's precedence) when he arrive in the USA.
He trained as a Certified Public Accountant in Melbourne, Victoria, at about the same time that Bill Murray and Geoffrey Bible were also gaining their CPA certificates, so it is likely that these three were friends from the 1970s.
He joined Philip Morris Australia in August 1968, at the express request of Hamish Maxwell who was in charge of PM International. He had previously worked in Australia for Hush Puppies shoe business, and he joined PM as a brand manager, but quickly rose to take the role of Head of Public Relations and assistant to the managing director.
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