FORMER BBC chief financial officer Zarin Patel has joined Grass Roots, the rapidly growing employee and customer benefits provider, in the same role.
She will act as CFO for the global Grass Roots Group, sit on the group board and on the executive leadership team, the company said.
Patel was the longest-serving CFO at the BBC and joined the organisation in 1998 and held various roles prior to her nine years as CFO. She had overall responsibility for the BBC finance & business division, sat on the BBC’s executive board and was also a non-executive director of BBC Worldwide. Prior to her time with the BBC, she gained 15 years’ experience with KPMG.
Richard Bandell, Grass Roots CEO, said, “I’m very pleased to confirm Zarin’s appointment – she is going to play an important role in the fast growth we anticipate here at Grass Roots. Her expertise, energy and creativity are undeniable and I know she will bring a host of innovative ideas to the organisation. She has a reputation for excellent leadership skills and I have no doubt that our financial teams around the world are going to be energised under her direction.”