Carlson, the UK's second-largest below-the-line operation with an income of £31.6 million and clients including Nestle and Comet, is to restructure its business to bring together its London agency operations into a single business unit alongside its customer loyalty and support service operations in Northampton.
Robert Janes, Carlson's president for Europe and Asia-Pacific, refused to confirm that Evans, Grout and Burton had been asked to leave. He said: "We have commenced consultation with three members of personnel with regard to redundancy to come as a consequence of a restructure of the business."
Evans, previously the chairman of Bates Communications, joined Carlson in November 1999 and was promoted to group chairman within six months. Sources close to Carlson suggest the three directors were involved in an attempted buyout of Carlson's London operations which proved unsuccessful.
Evans was unavailable for comment. However, sources close to the outgoing directors suggested they are considering the launch of a start-up.