Douglas retired from an international business career three years ago. Now in his seventies he continues to consult to various businesses through his company, Douglas Faudet Unlimited. He lives in Western Australia on a 40-acre property nestled in the Swan Valley, a popular destination with many vineyards, restaurants, unique tourist offerings and places of spectacular beauty.
He and his wife, Brenda share their home with their dogs, Ollie and Ivy, cats, Mary and Teddi, plus their sheep and alpacas.
Born in the UK, Douglas emigrated to Western Australia in 1974, with Brenda and his two children Michael and Genevieve. He lived there for six years before moving to Melbourne, Victoria to pursue a career in advertising. In 1986 he moved countries to Auckland New Zealand where he was appointed the CEO for the global advertising agency, DDB. He spent many happy years in New Zealand developing one of New Zealand’s leading communication groups.
In 2001, DDB offered the opportunity to expand his career into the Asia Pacific region as the Asia Pacific Vice Chairman. He remained in the region until his retirement operating in various management leadership positions culminating as COO, DDB Asia, overseeing twenty operating agencies across the Asia region, with a staff of 2,000 people. Whilst in Asia he lived in Japan, Hong Kong and China.
The Day the Animals Vanished is Douglas’ first novel, a two-year labour of intensity, created from an unusual idea that he had when visiting an animal livestock processing plant attached to an abattoir.
His fiercest critics and advisors have been his wife Brenda, who spent many a long day reviewing the book, his son Michael Faudet and partner Lang Leav, both accomplished authors, who gave him sound advice and insights. Most of all they provided much needed encouragement, along the way.