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Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer and Director

TERM: Current term expires at the 2027 Annual Meeting.

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 vision. Prior to Sterling, Mr. Peirez served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Dun & Bradstreet, leading all aspects of customer-facing operations including the Company’s lines of business, multichannel sales platform, service of client solutions, strategy, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Peirez spent ten years with MasterCard, most recently in the role of Chief Innovation Officer for MasterCard Worldwide. A lawyer by training, Mr. Peirez also served as the Company’s Group Executive, Global Public Policy and Associate General Counsel. Before joining MasterCard in 2000, Mr. Peirez was an associate at Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells focusing on antitrust litigation. Mr. Peirez 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. Mr. Peirez received 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. Mr. Peirez was selected to serve as a director because of the perspective, management, leadership experience and operational expertise in our business that he has developed as our Chief Executive Officer.

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director

TERM: Current term expires at the 2027 Annual Meeting.

Michael Grebe has served as a member of our Board since March 2015 and was elected Chairperson in September 2021. Mr. Grebe is an Advisory Director to Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, and serves as Chairman on the boards of Berlin Packaging, L.L.C, Access Information Management, Inc., and 3Phase Elevator Corporation. Mr. Grebe also serves on the boards of SRS Distribution, Inc., where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee, The Baptist Health System, where he serves as Chairman of the Leadership and Compensation Committee, and the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and member of the Finance Committee. Additionally, Mr. Grebe previously served on the board of directors of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Air Distribution Technologies, Inc. and SiteOne Landscape Supply. Additionally, Mr. Grebe previously served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Interline Brands, Inc., where he served as the Chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2015 and as the Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2016. Prior to joining Interline in 1998, Mr. Grebe served in other leadership roles including as a Group Vice President with Airgas, Inc. and President of IPCO Safety, Inc. Mr. Grebe 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. Mr. Grebe was selected to serve as a director because of his particular knowledge in corporate finance, strategic planning and investments and extensive business, management and legal experience. Mr. Grebe also has experience serving as a public company director.

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

TERM: Current term expires at the 2025 Annual Meeting

Mark Jennings has served as a member of our Board since April 2003. Mr. Jennings 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. Prior to that time, Mr. Jennings was a Partner of Centre Partners, a private equity firm affiliated with Lazard Freres & Co, from October 1987 to September 1996, and prior to that, Mr. Jennings worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from August 1986 to October 1987. Mr. Jennings currently serves on the board of directors of several privately held companies and has previously served on the boards of directors of several publicly traded companies. Mr. Jennings holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Jennings was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive business and leadership experience with high-growth technology-enabled service businesses and because he has served on the boards of directors of more than 25 other private and publicly held companies.

Member of the Compensation Committee

TERM: Current term expires at the 2026 Annual Meeting

Kristin Johnsen has served as a member of our Board since June 2023. Most recently, Ms. Johnsen served as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Services, leading the $6 billion, 17,000-person enterprise consulting and support business, serving more than 13,000 customers globally, from July 2017 to November 2020. Ms. Johnsen originally joined Microsoft in 2003, holding various positions, including Senior Director, General Manager and Vice President prior to her appointment to Corporate Vice President. Ms. Johnsen also held executive positions in West coast start-ups, including as Chief Executive Officer at ZKEY from 2000-2003, where she led the turn-around of the digital identity management company, and as Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Operations at Carparts.com in 2000, where she turned the company around from negative to more than 20% margins and completed a successful company sale. Earlier in her career, Kristin spent seven years at McKinsey & Company, from 1993-2000, specializing in client situations requiring both strategic realignment and revamped operations. Ms. Johnsen currently serves on four private company boards – Parexel, Tango Analytics, FoodChainID, and Access Information Management. She also serves on UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering Advisory board, and is a senior advisor to Opportunity@Work. Kristin earned a M.S. in Management Studies, with Distinction, from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. She earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, from the University of California Berkeley. Ms. Johnsen was also a 4-year member of the national championship winning Cal women’s crew. Ms. Johnsen was selected to serve as a director because of her extensive operational and leadership experience, her strategic planning and financial knowledge and her service on the boards and audit committees of other companies.

Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Director

TERM: Current term expires at the 2025 Annual Meeting.

Adrian Jones has served as a member of our Board since February 2016. Mr. Jones currently serves as Chairman and Co-Head of the Global Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management and is a member of the Asset Management Division (‘‘AMD’’) Corporate Investment Committee, the AMD Infrastructure Investment Committee and the AMD Growth Equity Investment Committee (Standard and Life Sciences), and the AMD Sustainable Investing Group. Mr. Jones is also a member of the Global Inclusion and Diversity Committee, the global sponsor of the Disability Network and co-chair of AMD’s Private Markets Sustainability Council. Mr. Jones joined Goldman Sachs as an associate in the Investment Banking Division (IBD) in 1994 and was named partner in 2004. Mr. Jones previously served on various other boards, including the board of T2 Biosystems, Inc. Mr. Jones received his 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. Mr. Jones was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive experience in equity investing, domestic and international experience, and service on the boards of directors of other companies.

Director

TERM: Current term expires at the 2026 Annual Meeting.

Mohit Kapoor has served as a member of our Board since May 2019. Mr. Kapoor 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, Mr. Kapoor served as an independent advisor to multiple private equity portfolio companies from 2019 to 2021 in their value creation and technology transformation efforts. Mr. Kapoor 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. Mr. Kapoor was the 2017 recipient of 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, Mr. Kapoor 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. Mr. Kapoor 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. Mr. Kapoor holds a B.S. in CIS and Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Jacksonville State University, and a Masters in Accounting Information Systems from Arizona State University. Mr. Kapoor was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive business and management experience in technology, big data, security and information services companies.

Member of the Audit Committee
Director

TERM: Current term expires at the 2025 Annual Meeting.

Jill Larsen has served as a member of our Board since February 2020. Ms. Larsen currently serves as the Chief People Officer of Synopsys, a public electronic design automation (EDA) company that focuses on silicon design and verification, silicon intellectual property and software security and quality. Previously, Ms. Larsen served as the Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of PTC, Inc. from 2020 until March 1, 2022. She is the founder of DigitalHR LLC where she serves as HR Consultant, and she is a Faculty Member & Advisor for the Josh Bersin Academy. She also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Human Capital Management Program at Columbia University from 2019 to 2021. Prior to PTC, Ms. Larsen was Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Medidata from 2018 to 2020, a public life sciences software company. Prior to Medidata, from 2013 to 2018, Ms. Larsen worked at Cisco Systems as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. Larsen currently serves on the board of directors of Definitive Healthcare, where she serves as Chairwoman of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Larsen previously served on the boards of TPX Communications and Montage Software. Ms. Larsen received her B.A. in English and Communications from Boston College, and an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College. She also has a PHR distinction from the HR Certification Institute. Ms. Larsen was selected to serve as a director because of her extensive human capital management, DE&I and ESG experience, thorough knowledge of our industry and experience with compensation committees, nominating and corporate governance committees and public boards.

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

TERM: Current term expires at the 2026 Annual Meeting.

Jagtar Narula has served as a member of our Board since December 2023. Mr. Narula currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Wex where he has been responsible for the company's Financial Planning, Reporting, Accounting, Treasury, Tax, and Investor Relations activities since May 2022. Prior to joining WEX, Mr. Narula served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of 3D Systems from 2020 to 2022. In this role he led global financial functions including Accounting, Treasury, and Investor Relations, among others. He also helped restore the company to profitability, transform its business portfolio and strengthen its balance sheet, resulting in a significant market cap increase during his tenure. Prior to that role, from 2017 to 2020, Mr. Narula served as SVP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Blackbaud, Inc. where he also previously led Investor Relations and Financial Planning. Additionally, Mr. Narula held finance leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Xerox, GE and with private equity. Mr. Narula holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an Engineering degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Narula was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive experience and expertise as a financial and strategic leader at multiple companies, equipping him to support the Board in its oversight of our financial reporting, auditing, and strategic planning activities.

Financial Expert
Member of the Audit Committee

TERM: Current term expires at the 2027 Annual Meeting.

Lewis (Fred) Sutherland has served as a member of our Board since September 2015. Mr. Sutherland was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aramark Corporation, a global provider of food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel, from 1997 until his retirement in 2015. Prior to becoming Aramark’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Sutherland held various finance positions and from 1993 to 1996 was Group President of Aramark Uniform Services. Prior to joining Aramark in 1980, Mr. Sutherland was Vice President, Corporate Banking, at Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY, now part of J.P. Morgan Chase. Mr. Sutherland is a Director and Finance Committee Chair of Con Edison, Inc. and a Director and Audit Committee Chair of Colliers International Group Inc. Mr. Sutherland 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. Mr. Sutherland received his B.A. from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Sutherland was selected to serve as a director because of his leadership and 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. Mr. Sutherland’s experience from his leadership positions at Aramark Corporation and Chase Manhattan Bank supports the Board in its oversight of our financial reporting, auditing, and strategic planning activities.

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

TERM: Current term expires at the 2026 Annual Meeting.

Bertrand Villon has served as a member of our Board since June 2023. Mr. Villon currently serves as a Managing Director in the Private Equity Group of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”), a long-term institutional investor in New York, overseeing the firm’s direct private equity investment activities in the business services and industrials sectors in North America since September 2015. Before joining CDPQ, he was a Director at Bagan Capital, an investment and advisory firm, in Hong Kong from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he was a Vice President, Private Equity at Investcorp, an alternative investment firm, in New York and London, where he participated and led investments across a variety of industries in North America and Europe from 2007 to 2013. He began his career as an Associate, Mergers & Acquisitions at Rothschild, an investment bank in London, from 2003-2006. He currently serves on the board of directors, audit committee and compensation committee of Allied Universal, a leading provider of security services, and the board of directors and compensation committee of Clarios, a leading supplier of energy storage solutions, and on the board of directors, audit committee and compensation committee of ICR, a strategic communications and advisory firm. Mr. Villon previously served on the Board of Sterling from 2017 to 2020. Mr. Villon holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MSc in Management from HEC School of Management in Paris. Mr. Villon was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive experience in private equity investing, his prior experience with the Company and his service on the board of directors of other companies.