Telent has appointed Paul Lester CBE as a non-executive director and chairman of the company.

Lester joined the company’s board at the beginning of this month, succeeding David Naylor-Leyland who is stepping down as chairman after 12 years. According to a statement, Naylor-Leyland will continue to be a member of the board, and a non-executive director.

Discussing the new appointment, a spokesperson said: “Paul has over 30 years of managing companies at PLC level, as well as divisions of large multi-national companies. He is currently chairman of McCarthy & Stone plc, Essentra PLC.”

Naylor-Leyland said: “After almost twelve years as chairman, it is time for me to step down. It’s been a privilege to [occupy the role] since 2010, during which time Telent has achieved considerable success as a provider of mission critical technology solutions. Paul has a wealth of experience and is, I believe, a fantastic choice to move the business forward to our strategic objectives.”

Chief executive officer, Jo Gretton, said: “I would like to thank David, and look forward to his continued support as a non-executive director. I’m also delighted that Paul has agreed to chair our board through our next phase of growth.”

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Author: Philip Mason