Richard King announced as new Grass Roots chairman

Grass Roots has announced today that Richard King will take over as Grass Roots Group non-executive chairman from 1 February.

Richard King is the new Grass Roots chariman
Richard King is the new Grass Roots chariman

King will replace Nat Solomon, who has been acting chairman since David Evans' retirement in 2013.

Richard King joined Grass Roots as a non-executive director in January 2013. In the last year has played a key role in the responsibilities associated with board decisions, including the appointment of chief executive Richard Bandell.

King has a varied portfolio of board appointments, as well as a long-standing career with Ernst & Young, becoming managing partner UK & Ireland in 2006, and deputy managing partner across the global business in 2009.

King said: "After a year of significant change within the Grass Roots Group, the company is now well placed to take advantage of its scale and market-leading position. I very much look forward to overseeing the next stage of its development. We have a strong executive team in place and I am eager to be a part of the exciting plans for future growth."

Grass Roots chief executive Bandell said: "Our sincere thanks to Nat Solomon for carrying out the role of acting chairman over the last year. We are delighted that he will continue as a non-executive director alongside David Evans, David Hackett and the non-executive representatives from our major shareholder, WPP. 

"We also welcome Richard King’s appointment. His involvement and expertise have made a very positive impact over the last 12 months, and I look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship that Richard has fostered between the executive leadership team and the group board."

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