The Week: People News - Cello's Steeds takes leave

Kevin Steeds, the executive chairman of Cello Group, is to step down from his role temporarily due to a serious illness.

The company, which is listed on AIM, owns the advertising agencies Farm and Leith, as well as a number of market research businesses. Mark Scott, the group's chief executive, will assume Steeds' executive responsibilities, while Allan Rich, one of the group's non-executive directors, will take responsibility for his non-executive duties on a part-time basis.