Rentokil veteran comms chief ousted in shake-up

Rentokil Initial’s group director of corporate affairs Charles Grimaldi has been ousted after 23 years as part of an overhaul of operations under CEO Doug Flynn.

The FTSE-100 pest control and support services company is recruiting for a replacement.  External comms manager Tony Stephens said Grimaldi, 55, 'stepped down by mutual agreement' on 10 February without a job to go to.

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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