Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas

Chairman

Bill was appointed to the Board in December 2016 as Non-executive Director and appointed Chairman in May 2017.

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Bill Thomas

Chairman

Skills and experience
Bill brings strong commercial and management experience to the Board. His extensive international technology experience, together with his track record in leading major change in large organisations, provides valuable insight. Bill is a former Senior Vice President at Hewlett Packard and was on the executive committee of EDS plc as Executive Vice President.

Other roles
Member of the Council and President of the Alumni Association at Cranfield University School of Management; Chair of Clarkson PLC; Chair of Node4, a private equity-owned IT services firm; Chair of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity; non-executive director of The Co-operative Bank; member of Advisory Board of FireEye, Inc.

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Eric Updyke

Eric Updyke

Chief Executive Officer

Eric was appointed to the Board in May 2019 as Chief Executive Officer.

Eric Updyke

Chief Executive Officer

Skills and experience
Most recently, Eric was on the Executive Management team of Amdocs reporting directly to the CEO. In his capacity as Group President, Services at Amdocs Ltd he had global responsibility for the entire Managed Services, Testing and SI businesses. This business encompassed 10,000 employees and roughly $2 billion in revenue. Prior to that role, Eric was Division President for North America at Amdocs where he managed a $1 billion P&L and was responsible for the relationship with North American communications service providers. Prior to his time at Amdocs, he held executive roles at Nokia Siemens Networks and AT&T. Eric has a great track record of success, has functional expertise in every facet of the business and has excelled in multi-cultural global companies. Eric has an MBA in Finance and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

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Paula Bell

Paula Bell FCMA CGMA

Chief Financial Officer

Paula was appointed to the Board in September 2016 as Chief Financial Officer.

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Paula Bell FCMA CGMA

Chief Financial Officer

Skills and experience
Paula joined Spirent in 2016, bringing extensive board experience of working with global technology and engineering businesses. Paula has demonstrable experience of effective financial and commercial management, driving cost-efficient organisations and improved cash management whilst driving a strategic agenda. Paula was previously CFO at John Menzies Plc from 2013 and CFO at Ricardo Plc from 2006 to 2013. Paula has held senior management roles at BAA plc, AWG plc and Rolls-Royce, leading business development for international growth underpinned by extensive M&A activity.

Paula is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Other roles
Since September 2018, non-executive director and, since January 2019, Chair of Audit Committee at Keller Group plc; until June 2018 non-executive director and Chair of Audit Committee of Laird plc.

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Jonathan Silver

Jonathan Silver

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Jonathan was appointed to the Board in June 2015 as Non-executive Director and appointed Chair of the Audit Committee in August 2015, and appointed Senior Non-executive Director in November 2016.

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Jonathan Silver

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience
Jonathan brings experience in finance, risk, control, governance and international business expertise. He was Chief Financial Officer at Laird plc until 2015, having held a variety of roles in his 30 years with the company.

Jonathan is a Member of the Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Other roles
Non-executive director and Chair of Audit Committee of Invesco Income Growth Trust; non-executive director, Chair of Audit Committee of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, and non-executive director of Henderson High Income Trust PLC.

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Gary Bullard

Gary Bullard

Independent Non-Executive Director

Gary was appointed to the Board in December 2016 as Non-executive Director and appointed Chair of Remuneration Committee in May 2017.

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Gary Bullard

Independent Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience
Gary brings extensive experience in senior management positions, including sales and marketing roles, at IBM and BT Group plc and was a non-executive director of Chloride Group plc. Until 2012 he was President at Logica UK and a member of the Executive Committee of Logica plc.

Other roles
Non-executive chairman of Gooch & Housego PLC; non-executive director and Chair of Remuneration Committee of Rotork plc.

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Wendy Koh

Wendy Koh

Independent Non-Executive Director

Wendy was appointed to the Board in January 2018 as Non-executive Director.

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Wendy Koh

Independent Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience
Wendy brings strong technology sector experience from various strategic and sales roles she has undertaken in the APAC region with Juniper Networks, most recently as Senior Vice President Global GTM Strategy and Business Development, a global role focused on leading transformational strategy and establishing partnerships to increase value proposition for customers. Wendy also previously worked for Cisco Systems from 1998 to 2003.

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics from Nanyang Technological University and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from the Singapore Institute of Management.

Other roles
Vice President, Pathways, Alliance & Strategy APAC at NetApp Singapore.

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Edgar Masri

Edgar Masri

Independent Non-Executive Director

Edgar was appointed to the Board in January 2018 as Non-executive Director.

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Edgar Masri

Independent Non-Executive Director

Skills and experience
Edgar brings to the Board wide-ranging experience of managing companies across the technology sector with a focus on driving investment and profitability. Edgar was President and Chief Executive Officer of Qualtré, Inc., a US-based startup acquired by Panasonic Corporation in December 2016 at the same time as acting as a member of the board of Calient Technologies until its acquisition by Chunxing Precision Mechanical Co., Ltd. Prior to this, Edgar was President and CEO of 3Com Corporation, a leading global data networking company, bringing the company to record revenue and gross margins before it was taken into private ownership.

Edgar holds a Diplome d’Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration with distinction (Arjay Miller Scholar) from Stanford University.

Other roles
Director of Kollective Technology, Inc; Board adviser and senior consultant to Accton Technology Corporation.

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