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 Paula Rosput Reynolds

Paula Rosput Reynolds

Experienced Chair: Public Sector, Private Sector

Experienced CEO: Public Sector, Private Sector

  • 25+ years of senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge of aerospace and defence, beverages, business services, diversified industrials, education, electricity, insurance, oil and gas
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Major Career Roles

Paula Reynolds is Chairman of National Grid plc, an experienced Board member and seasoned Senior Executive. She is the Senior Independent Director of the Board of BP plc, a Board member at General Electric Co., and also Chairs the Remuneration Committee at BP.

Paula is the Chair of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and is Trustee Emeritus and former Chair of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the leading cancer research center in the Western US. She was previously a Board member of BAE Systems plc and chaired the Remuneration Committee.

Industry Knowledge

Paula is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Safeco Corp., a Fortune 500 insurer that was acquired by Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in 2008. Upon the sale of Safeco, Paula served as Vice Chairman and Chief Restructuring Officer at American International Group (AIG). Before joining Safeco, Paula was an Executive in the energy industry. She served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGL Resources, a Fortune 1000 Atlanta-based energy-services holding company that has subsequently been acquired by Southern Co. Early in her career, Paula was an Executive at Duke Energy Corp. and PG&E Corp. 

Paula has served as a Director of several other international firms in a variety of industries, and was the recipient of the National Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors. 

Paula graduated with highest honours from Wellesley College. She and her husband, Stephen P. Reynolds, are Principals in PreferWest, LLC, a family investment office. They are also actively involved in musical theatre and are co-producers of “Come From Away”, an Olivier Award-winning musical, running in the West End and on Broadway and touring internationally.

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Jasmine Whitbread is Chair of Travis Perkins, the UK’s leading supplier of building and construction materials. She is a non-executive director of Compagnie Financiere Richemont, WPP and of Standard Chartered. Jasmine is also an advisor to the Sustainability Committee at Richemont.

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 Michael Diekmann

Michael Diekmann

Michael Diekmann serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE, is the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co KGAA, and a member of the Supervisory Board at Siemens AG. Michael is the Chairman of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC). 

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Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer was previously Chairman of Roche Holding AG and Chairman of Diageo, the world’s leading spirits company. He is currently Chairman of Neogene Therapeutics and HMNC Brain Health. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Chairman of the Humer Foundation.

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 Peter Löscher

Peter Löscher

Peter Löscher is Chairman of the Board of Sulzer AG, Switzerland, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG, Germany. He is a Board member of Telefónica S.A., Spain, Royal Philips, Netherlands, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Group AG, Switzerland and a Non-Executive Director of Doha Venture Capital LLC, Qatar. 

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