Telent Announces New Chair

Telent Ltd., a United Kingdom-based technology and network services company, announced the appointment of Paul Lester, CBE (pictured), as a non-executive director and chair of the company. Lester joined the board last Friday, succeeding David Naylor-Leyland, who is stepping down after 12 years in the position. Naylor-Leyland will continue to be a member of the board, continuing as a non-executive director.

Lester has more than 30 years of experience managing companies at PLC level, divisions of large multi-national companies, and chairing public, private and private equity-backed businesses. He serves as Chair of McCarthy & Stone plc, Essentra PLC, Funeral Partners Ltd.

He also formerly was a non-executive chair of Forterra PLC and John Laing Infrastructure and Director of Invensys PLC. During his career, Lester was Group Managing Director of Balfour Beatty PLC before becoming chief executive of engineering services company, VT Group PLC.

Naylor-Leyland said, “After almost 12 years as chairman, it is time for me to step down. It’s been a privilege to act as chairman since 2010, during which time Telent has achieved considerable success as a provider of mission critical technology solutions and importantly we were able to take the GEC Pension Fund to Buy.

“I look forward to continuing to support Telent in a non-executive capacity. Paul has a wealth of experience and is, I believe, a fantastic choice to move the business forward to our strategic objectives. We’re very pleased that he will be joining the Telent Board.”

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