Rentokil non-executive director steps down amid links to Bell Pottinger scandal

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A Rentokil non-executive director linked to the Bell Pottinger scandal has resigned from the FTSE 100 firm.

The business services group announced today that Chris Geoghegan, who helped to arrange a meeting between Bell Pottinger and the Gupta family, has stepped down from the company.

Geoghegan, who was a non-exec, chairman of the remuneration committee and senior independent director, reportedly earned more than £100,000 for introducing the Bell Pottinger team to the Gupta family in South Africa.

He is also the father of Victoria Geoghegan, a former Bell Pottinger partner who worked on Bell Pottinger’s campaign for the Gupta family’s Oakbay Capital.

Rentokil declined to comment further on this morning’s announcement.

Last week, Bell Pottinger fell into administration following the emergence of the scandal.

The firm was kicked out of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) on Monday 4 September after publication of the Herbert Smith Freehills report into the scandal.

Chief executive James Henderson resigned in advance of the report and was followed by other high-profile people from the firm. Bell Pottinger also quickly lost a number of firms as clients.

Read more: Bell Pottinger collapses into administration, BDO confirms

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