The man who introduced Bell Pottinger to the Gupta family, which led to a scandal that bankrupted the UK public relations company, has stood down as nonexecutive director of Rentokil. Rentokil said Chris Geoghegan would also stand down as chairman of the remuneration committee and as senior independent director, with immediate effect. No public explanation was given for the move. Geoghegan could not immediately be reached for comment. Bell Pottinger’s UK arm collapsed into administration last week after a scandal over its racially charged campaigning for the Gupta family, which has been accused of a corrupt relationship with the government of President Jacob Zuma. Victoria Geoghegan, Geoghegan’s daughter, was a partner who handled the Gupta account at the PR company. She was sacked in the summer as the scandal gathered pace. In an interview with BBC’s Newsnight this month, Tim Bell, co-founder of Bell Pottinger, said Chris Geoghegan had played a part in the Guptas hiring the company...

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