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Rakesh Sharma Appointed as Non-Executive Chair


Rakesh Sharma, former Chief Executive (CE) of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc, has been appointed as Non-Executive Chair at Holmes Noble, one of the UK’s most innovative and respected executive search and interim management firms.

Rakesh’s remit is to lead the Board and assist the executive team to position the company for growth in its key sectors of industrial, supply chain management, support services, and energy and infrastructure.

Rakesh was CE of Ultra Electronics from 2011 through to November 2017. Prior to taking up the CE’s role he held a number of positions, including responsibility for strategy and M&A after initially joining the company as Chief Engineer. This followed an earlier career with Marconi.

Since leaving Ultra Electronics he has taken up a number of senior-level roles including Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee for Paypoint plc as well as Chair of Inkwell Data, an IoT tech start-up. He is also Director at a Multi-Academy Trust and the Chair of Governors for Riverbank Academy, a special educational needs school. Rakesh was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016 and was honoured in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an OBE for services to defence capability.

Michelle Carson-Williams, Chief Executive of Holmes Noble, commented on the appointment:

“Rakesh has been a source of invaluable advice and guidance to the executive team at Holmes Noble for some time now. With our continued growth, expansion of our consultancy services, advancement into new markets as well as increasing our international work, I am personally delighted and proud that Rakesh is joining us as Chair to steer the Board at this important phase of our growth.”

Rakesh commented on his appointment:

“I have known and admired the Holmes Noble executive team for some time now and have been working with them as a strategic adviser.  The ‘talent war’ to attract, develop and retain the best leaders, which so many companies are engaged in, is particularly acute across the sectors served by Holmes Noble.  Those recruiting to the most senior level will need new executive search partners who bring new ideas and innovation for critical appointments.”

He continued,

“I look forward to meeting our current and prospective clients to help them find and develop the right leaders to achieve their objectives. It is an exciting time at Holmes Noble and working with a such a capable team, to reach their full potential, is an honour and a privilege.”


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