Brand new Chair at Grass Roots
- Category: Appointments
- Created on Thursday, 04 October 2012 11:16
David has 36 years of event management experience and is a recognised market leader and opinion former. He founded The Travel Organisation in 1980 which rebranded as The Marketing Organisation in 1987. TMO was sold to BI in 2001 at which David was Chairman until 2005 and was subsequently Chairman of BI Worldwide.
He led the strategic acquisition of The MINT Organisation, extending BI's operations into Australia, Asia and Dubai to position the company as a global communications and motivation business. David left BI in 2011 to start a new venture which helped Smart Hospitality win the catering at The Olympic Hospitality Centre – the most prestigious dining venue at the 2012 Olympic Park.
David brings an enormous level of knowledge, expertise and experience to Grass Roots and will chair the monthly meetings of the Grass Roots events businesses.
This part of the Grass Roots family manages billings in excess of £100 million and has four primary business locations: Fleet in Hampshire; Marlow in Buckinghamshire; Putney London and Worcester. The directors responsible for each part of the enterprise - Giselle Ripken (Fleet), Jon Shilling & Warren Hiller (Marlow), Des McLaughlin (Putney) and Charles Moyle (Worcester) – will continue in their roles as heads of these businesses. David Hackett’s task is to oversee what is, in its own right, a large enterprise and to chair the senior team.
David Evans MBE, Founder & Executive Chairman of Grass Roots, noted: “David Hackett and I have known one another for two decades and more. He has a distinguished history in the space, is a clear thinker and an experienced Chairman. I enjoy his companionship and it is widely known that he treats the Event Industry with respect and dignity.”
All the legal entities will be under one umbrella, which gives the report framework a more practical approach and will give the Group PLC some room for manoeuvre and expansion outside the UK in this quartile of its businesses.