Grass Roots Chairman and CEO David Evans has announced his plans to step down from his role, citing ill health.
“The business I founded will be 33 years old in April, so it’s time for a change, and I had long planned to reduce my involvement in the day-to-day running of the business,” said Evans.
“When I reached the age of 65 last year I had to ask myself whether I could keep up the long days, and with the energy that they need? The answer being ‘No’, I have been seeking solutions, some of which are already in place,” Evans added. Evans said his decision to retire had coincided with a period of ill-health, for which he is being treated and is expected to fully recover.
Andy Lister, formerly Managing Director of Grass Roots UK, returns to the business as Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect.
The appointment of two non-executive board members, Richard King and David Hackett, has been actioned. They join Nat Solomon, who remains as Deputy Chairman.
Lister said: “Grass Roots is a market leader in the provision of employee and customer engagement solutions and our strong market position provides us with a platform for growth both in the short and medium-term. We are genuinely excited about the opportunities ahead and confidentabout our prospects for 2013 and beyond.”
Nat Solomon, Deputy Chairman of Grass Roots, said of Evans’ decision: “David has been an inspirational leader of the business for the past 33 years and has built Grass Roots into a respected global brand. His leadership will be sorely missed but we are confident that we have others within our business who are capable of taking the Grass Roots Group on to the next stage of our development.
“The reaction within the organisation has been one of great warmth towards David – all wishing him a speedy and full recovery – and of complete support for Andy Lister in his new role. Grass Roots is looking to the future and continues to build its strong reputation in the marketplace.”
Grass Roots Group is a global performance improvement company founded in the UK in 1980 and operates in 15 countries.
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