King of clean

Published in The Treasurer

Working for pest control and hygiene giant Rentokil Initial has enabled James Kelly to fast-track his career. He shares his thoughts on the route to treasury success with Sally Percy 

James Kelly admits that he’s become a clean freak since joining Rentokil Initial in 2010. Now head of treasury at the FTSE 250-listed pest control and facilities management giant – which maintains company washrooms among other services – he reveals that Rentokil employees get “a lot of information” about hygiene. Unsurprisingly then, he’s “slightly obsessive” about washing his hands, a fixation that has also afflicted his wife, who is an avid hand washer, too.

But there is, of course, a lot more to Kelly than clean hands. His ascent up the treasury career ladder has been impressively rapid, given that he’s only worked in the profession for just seven years.

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