Investis, the leading provider of digital corporate communications to listed companies, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Grigson as its new Chairman.


David has over 25 years’ experience working at a senior level across a range of publicly quoted companies. He is currently chairman of Trinity Mirror plc, senior independent director at Ocado Group plc, and a non-executive director of Standard Life plc. He is also chairman of Creston plc, the marketing services company, and a director and trustee of the Dolma Development Fund.


In his executive career, David was chief financial officer of Reuters Group plc at the time of the announcement of its £8.7 billion merger with Thomson Corporation to form Thomson Reuters. He was previously CFO of Emap plc. A chartered accountant, David also served as a non-executive director of Carphone Warehouse Group plc.


Investis helps more than 1,700 listed companies to communicate, engage and understand their corporate audience across multiple digital channels – including corporate and IR websites, social media, apps and mobile and video & webcasting. Investis has recently opened a New York office to further expand its North American business.


Helen James, CEO of Investis, said: “I am delighted to welcome David to the board of Investis at this exciting time for our business. David’s wealth of experience working with companies in the digital and investor relations space will be invaluable as we take the next steps to fulfil our ambition to be the global leader in digital corporate communications. Our New York office is already winning new clients and strengthening the Investis presence in the home of the world’s largest capital markets.”


David Grigson said: “Investis has a clear strategy for growth, through geographic and product expansion, based on its market-leading technology platform. I look forward to working closely with Helen and the rest of the team as they expand rapidly into the US market.”


In 2012 Investis was acquired in a £25m management buyout backed by Gresham Private Equity in order to accelerate its growth and capture a significantly larger share of the market. With Gresham’s backing, Investis acquired Morningstar IR, giving it a significant number of US listed clients.


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Investis is an international digital corporate communications and investor relations company which works with approximately 1,700 clients from offices in six countries. The companies it serves include more than 70% of the constituents of the FTSE 100 and more than 150 US clients. Founded in 2000, Investis helps clients manage their corporate communications and investor relations through corporate websites, IR webhosting, social media, apps & mobile, video & webcasting, website tools and online reporting.