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Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Josh Peirez joined Sterling as co-Chief Executive Officer and Director in July 2018 and was named Chief Executive Officer in April 2019. He brings extensive strategy, product, and operational experience to the company, and plays an instrumental role in driving Sterling toward its global mission of providing a foundation of trust and safety for clients.

Prior to Sterling, Josh served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Dun & Bradstreet, leading all aspects of customer-facing operations including the company’s lines of business, multi-channel sales platform, service of client solutions, strategy, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet, Josh spent ten years with MasterCard, most recently in the role of Chief Innovation Officer for MasterCard Worldwide. He also served as the company’s Group Executive, Global Public Policy and Associate General Counsel. Before joining MasterCard in 2000, Josh was an associate at Clifford Chance Rogers and Wells, focusing on antitrust litigation.

Josh has served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council and the Board of Directors for the Westchester County Association. He was named in the Top 10 Innovators of 2009 ranked by Bank Technology News.

Josh earned a B.S. in Policy Analysis, Economic, and Government Studies from Cornell University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he received the Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Criminal Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director

Michael Grebe has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since March 2015 and was appointed Chairman in 2021. He has deep expertise in corporate finance, strategic planning, and investments and extensive business, management, and legal experience.

Michael is an Advisory Director to Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. He serves on the boards of Berlin Packaging, L.L.C., SRS Distribution, Inc., Access Information Management, Inc., Baptist Health System, and the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. Previously, he served on the boards of directors of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Air Distribution Technologies, Inc., SiteOne Landscape Supply, and Interline Brands, Inc., where he served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Interline in 1998, Michael served in other leadership roles, including as a Group Vice President with Airgas, Inc. and President of IPCO Safety, Inc.

Michael earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and served as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program under the leadership of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover.

Chairman of the Board
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Director

William Chen has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since May 2018.

He joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management Private Equity as a managing director in 2018. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he worked at Apax Partners in London and New York for nine years, most recently as a principal in the Technology and Telecoms Group. Additionally, William serves on the boards of Aptos and CommerceHub, and previously served on the boards of Exact Software, Paradigm Geophysical, Epicor, and Sophos.

William earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University, a M.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Member of the Compensation Committee

Christopher Crampton has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since June 2015.

He leads Goldman Sachs Asset Management Private Equity’s investing efforts in the services sector, and he is a member of the AMD Corporate Investment Committee.

In 2003, Christopher joined Goldman Sachs and was named partner in 2016. He currently serves on the boards of PSS Industrial, Restaurant Technologies, and Synagro Technologies, and is a former board member of Americold Realty Trust, FloWorks Holdings, GCA Services, Interline Brands, MRC Global, ProQuest Holdings, and US Security Associates.

Christopher earned a B.A. from Princeton University.

Director

Mark Jennings has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since April 2003. He has extensive business and leadership experience with high-growth technology-enabled service businesses.  

Mark is a Co-Founder and has been a Managing Partner of Generation Partners, a growth equity firm specializing in technology-enabled service businesses since September 1996. Previously, he held roles at Centre Partners, a private equity firm affiliated with Lazard Freres & Co., and Goldman Sachs & Co.  

Mark currently serves on the boards of directors of several privately held companies and has served on the boards of more than 25 private or publicly traded companies.  

Mark holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from The Harvard Graduate School of Business. 

Member of the Compensation Committee
Director

Adrian Jones has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since February 2016.

He currently serves as chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Private Equity and is a member of the AMD Corporate Investment Committee, the AMD Infrastructure Investment Committee, and the AMD Growth Equity Investment Committee, as well as the firm’s Sustainable Finance Steering Group. He is also a member of the Americas Inclusion and Diversity Committee and co-chair of AMD’s Private Markets Sustainability Council.

Adrian joined Goldman Sachs as an associate in the Investment Banking Division (IBD) in 1994 and was named partner in 2004. He previously served on the board of T2 Biosystems, Inc.

He earned a B.A. in Economics and Politics from University College, Galway, an M.A. in Economics from University College, Dublin, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Director

Mohit Kapoor has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since May 2019. He has extensive business and management experience in technology, big data, security, and information services companies.

Mohit currently serves as the Chief Technology and Operations Officer for NielsenIQ, overseeing all aspects of technology, security, and operations since March 2021. Prior to joining NielsenIQ, he served as an independent advisor, counseling companies on their value creation and technology transformation efforts.

Mohit was the Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Officer of TransUnion from 2011 to 2019 and was responsible for all aspects of TransUnion’s technology, including strategy, applications, operations, infrastructure, and delivery of solutions that supported TransUnion’s global information systems. In 2017, he received the Chicago CIO of the Year Award in the global category and was recognized by ComputerWorld as a 2017 Premier 100 Technology Leader.

Prior to TransUnion, Mohit served in several senior roles at HSBC, including Chief Information Officer of South America, supporting all aspects of technology across several lines of business from institutional customers to consumer finance. He has also served in many other positions with increasing responsibilities throughout the HSBC global organization, as well as with Accenture, Coopers and Lybrand, and EDS.

Mohit earned a B.S. in CIS and Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Jacksonville State University. Additionally, Mohit has a Master’s in Accounting Information Systems from Arizona State University.

Member of the Audit Committee
Director

Jill Larsen has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since February 2020. She has extensive experience in executive compensation; global benefits; environment, social and governance (ESG); diversity, equity and inclusion; human capital management; and mergers and acquisitions.

Jill joined PTC in 2020 as its Chief People Officer and has spearheaded a human resources (HR) transformation to build the people function, implement a digital HR technology vision, and design a robust talent strategy. She also serves on Definitive Healthcare’s Board of Directors and served as a Director of Montage until its sale in 2019.

Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Medidata, where she was responsible for the people strategy roadmap with a focus on SaaS and AI. Jill joined Cisco Systems in 2013, where she served as Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition and led HR for the $13 billion Professional Services & Customer Success business. Prior to Cisco Systems, she served as Vice President of HR for EMC & RSA and SunGard. She started her career working in HR roles in startup and pre-IPO companies.

Jill earned a B.A. in Communications and English from Boston College and an M.A. in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College. 

Chair of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Arthur J. Rubado has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since September 2021. He has 30 years of operating and investing experience and currently serves as Managing Director, Private Equity, and Head of CDPQ U.S. (“CDPQ”). He joined CDPQ in January 2018 and oversees the Private Equity portfolio and the New York office and sits on the International Private Equity Investment Committee.

Before joining CDPQ, he was a Managing Director and Operating Partner at Reservoir Capital, where he worked with portfolio company senior management and directors in healthcare, high tech, and services. Previously, he was a Director in Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.’s (“KKR”) operating executive group, KKR Capstone, where he worked in healthcare, high tech, retail/distribution, and financial services, in both large scale and start-up/new company platforms. Prior to KKR, he was a founding member of executive management for SmartOps Corporation, an enterprise software developer, which was acquired by SAP AG. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and worked in project, risk, and operations management roles for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group.

He currently sits on the Boards of Directors of Constellation Insurance Holdings, Allied Universal, AlixPartners, PetSmart, TeamHealth, and ITI Data. He has previously been a Board member at Clarios, MyEyeDr, ClearTrail Real Estate, and Chairman of ClearCaptions LLC.

Arthur earned a B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering with distinction from Cornell University and an M.B.A. with Honors from Harvard Business School.

Lewis (Fred) Sutherland has served as a member of Sterling’s board of directors since September 2015. He has strong leadership experience at an international managed services company, including experience with financial reporting, internal auditing, mergers and acquisitions, financing, risk management, corporate compliance, and corporate planning.

Previously, Fred was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aramark Corporation, a provider of food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel, from 1997 until his retirement in 2015. Prior to joining Aramark in 1980, Fred was Vice President of Corporate Banking at Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY, now part of J.P. Morgan Chase.

He is a Director and Finance Committee Chair of Con Edison, Inc. and a Director and Audit Committee Chair of Colliers International Group Inc. Fred is also a Director and former Chairman of WHYY, Philadelphia’s public broadcast affiliate, Board President of Episcopal Community Services, a Philadelphia-based anti-poverty agency, and a Trustee of Duke University, the National Constitution Center, and Peoples Light, a non-profit theater.

Fred earned a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Financial Expert
Chair of the Audit Committee
Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee