The Group is controlled through the Board of Directors, which comprises one executive and five non-executive directors who bring a wide range of skills and experience to the Board.
Mike Pulli, Chief Executive Officer
Mike was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 14 December 2011, after nearly eight years as President of Pace Americas. In his role as CEO, Mike is responsible for leading Pace’s global strategy. As President of Pace Americas, Mike was responsible for the company’s businesses in the USA, Canada and Latin America (LatAm).
Mike is also a non-executive Director of Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI), a technology company that provides solutions that help utilities measure, monitor and manage electricity, natural gas and water, having been appointed in January 2014.
Prior to joining Pace in 2004, Mike was CEO of broadcasting company Digital Latin America (DLA). Previously Mike spent eight years at Motorola in various senior management positions, including Vice President of International Operations, and served in a variety of financial positions at Allied-Signal, Inc. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rider University and an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University.
Allan Leighton, Chairman
Allan was appointed a Non-executive Director in May 2011 and became Chairman on 21 June 2011. He is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Pandora A/S, Non-executive Director and Chairman of Entertainment One Limited, Chairman of Office Retail Group Limited and Matalan, and Non-executive Director of Bighams Limited.
Previously he has held a wide range of public and private company roles including CEO at ASDA, Chairman of Royal Mail and Lastminute.com, and Non-executive Director of British Sky Broadcasting plc, Dyson Applications and Scottish Power plc.
He is patron of Breast Cancer Care and has an honorary degree from Cranfield University and an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Lancaster.
Patricia Chapman-Pincher, Non-Executive Director
Pat was appointed a Non-executive Director in February 2005 and became Senior Independent Director in May 2006. She has over 35 years’ experience in the communications industry from senior roles in multinational Internet and telecoms companies to participating in technology company start-ups.
A founding partner and Chairman of the Cavell Group, which specialises in operational consultancy IP and wireless technologies, she is also Chairman of Penzias Ltd, a Board Advisor to the British Standards Institute and a CEO Mentor with Merryck and Co. Pat is a trustee of Finding Rhythms, a charity that works with music in prisons.
John Grant, Non-Executive Director
John was appointed a Non-executive Director in August 2008. John spent his executive career in a variety of senior international roles within the automotive industry and other engineering businesses.
He was Chief Executive of Ascot plc between 1997 and 2000. Prior to that, he was Group Finance Director of Lucas Industries plc (subsequently Lucas Varity plc) between 1992 and 1996.
He previously held a number of senior positions within Ford Motor Company in Europe and the USA. John is a Non-executive Director of Melrose plc, MHP S.A. and Touch Bionics plc.
Mike Inglis, Non-Executive Director
Mike was re-appointed a Non-executive Director in March 2014. Mike was a non-executive director of Pace plc from July 2008 until the Annual General Meeting in 2013, when he stepped down from the Board in order to participate in the Clipper Round the World yacht race.
Currently a Non-executive Director of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc, Mike was formerly Chief Commercial Officer of ARM Holdings until the end of March 2013, having previously been EVP Processor Division and EVP Sales and Marketing. Before joining ARM, he worked in management consultancy with AT Kearney and held a number of senior operational and marketing positions at Motorola. He previously worked in semi-conductor sales, marketing, design and consultancy with Texas Instruments, Fairchild and BIS Macintosh and gained his initial industrial experience with GEC Telecommunications. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Amanda Mesler, Non-Executive Director
Amanda was appointed a Non-Executive Director in September 2012. She is currently Chief Operating Officer at Misys, a financial software company and a Non-Executive Director of Ensygnia, a technology start-up.
Previously she was the CEO of Business Consulting and an Executive Committee member of Logica plc. Prior to joining Logica, Amanda was a corporate officer and VP of Strategy and Organisation Design for Fortune 100, SYSCO. Prior to this Amanda was a senior partner at BearingPoint Consulting (formerly KPMG Consulting) working out of Houston where she led a client portfolio including many leading oil companies and spent time as the Global Leader for Energy for EDS. Her early career was with GE as the Asia Pacific Market Manager.