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Paula Reynolds

Paula Reynolds

Experienced Chairman: 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
  • Experience as an Audit Committee member, Compensation Committee member, Environment Committee member, Finance Committee member, Governance Committee member, Health and Safety Committee member, Human Resource Committee member, Nomination Committee member
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Current Positions

Paula Rosput Reynolds is Chairman of National Grid plc, an experienced Board member and seasoned Senior Executive. She is a member of the Board of BP plc and 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, which pre-Covid was running in the West End and on Broadway and touring internationally.

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Dr Hans Wijers

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Dr Pascal Colombani

Dr Pascal Colombani

Pascal Colombani previously chaired the Supervisory Board of Areva, was Chairman of Valeo SA and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the French Atomic Energy Commission. Pascal is President of TII Strategies SASU, a consulting and investment company, since 2014. He also serves as a member of the EMEA advisory board of JPMorgan Chase, as Senior Advisor of Kearney, a global management consulting firm and as a Senior Advisor of Truffle Capital.

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