Grass Roots Group CEO to step down

David Evans is to step down as chief executive officer and chairman at Grass Roots Group.

Andy Lister, former managing director of Grass Roots UK, will return to the business as chief operating officer, while David Hackett, Nat Solomon and Richard King have been appointed as non-executive members of the board.

Evans (pictured) said: “The business I founded will be 33 years old in April, so it’s time for a change.

“I had long planned to reduce my involvement in the day-to-day running of the business. 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.”

Solomon added: “[Evans] has been an inspirational leader of the business for the past 33 years and has built Grass Roots into a well-known and 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.”