Grass Roots appoints spate of WPP directors

Grass Roots has appointed five directors from marketing giant WPP to its board following the appointment of Andy Lister as chief operating officer.

Grass Roots appoints spate of WPP directors
Grass Roots appoints spate of WPP directors

WPP, which is fronted by Martin Sorrell and lists Grass Roots as an 'associate', has been a shareholder in the company for more than 30 years.

Alongside Lister, the new non executive directors, all from WPP, are:

  • Paul Delaney
  • Julian Povey
  • John Marsh
  • Jonathan Eggar
  • Christopher Sweetland

Grass Roots group communications executive Charlotte Jackson said that the non executive directors play a vital role in determining strategy and supporting the executive directors with the running of the Group. "They were invited to have a minority representation on the board in line with their minority shareholding," she added.

The appointment of marketing specialists from WPP follows Grass Roots appointment of Ernst & Young's deputy managing partner Richard King last month.

King's appointment was described by Evans – who left the company last week – as a move to "broad[en] intellectual supervision" at Grass Roots.



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