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Charles Reed CEO

Charles joined the family business in 1979 in The Grocer’s advertising department. He became a Director in 1988 and Managing Director in 1994, after the retirement of his father Laurence. Charles has overall responsibility for all of the Group’s businesses and nearly 400 colleagues globally.

Prior to WR, Charles studied French at the Institute of Tours, worked in the wine trade for Lawrence Haywood and Laytons and then joined Linfoods. Outside of WR, Charles is on the boards of the PPA (a member of the Reed family has been on the PPA board since Charles’ Great Grandfather cofounded the association in 1913) and Farm Africa – a charity that helps African farmers end hunger by growing themselves out of poverty.

Passionate about the fast pace of change and innovation within the media business, Charles believes William Reed have seen more change in the last 10 years than the previous 150.