He joined Rentokil in 1983 as a marketing manager in its property services division and became corporate affairs director in the early 1990s.
After surviving Sir Gerry Robinson's abortive attempt to buy the company last September, Flynn moved quickly to cut costs and slim down operations by selling a conferences and a security business.
Grimaldi spent most of his career working for former chairman Sir Clive Thompson, who was himself ousted after a boardroom coup in May 2004 in the wake of poor results. Thompson was succeeded by Brian McGowan, who last May replaced CEO James Wilde with Flynn.
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