Insperity board of directors
Paul J. Sarvadi
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sarvadi, co-founder of the Company and its subsidiaries, has been a director since the Company’s inception in 1986. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 1989 and as president of the Company from 1989 to August 2003. He attended Rice University and the University of Houston prior to starting and operating several small companies. Mr. Sarvadi has served as president of NAPEO and was a member of its board of directors for five years. In 2001, Mr. Sarvadi was selected as the 2001 National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year ® for service industries. In 2004, he received the Conn Family Distinguished New Venture Leader Award from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. In 2007, he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Sarvadi brings substantial business and operational experience to the Board, including an extensive knowledge of sales, customer relationships, and issues affecting small to medium-sized businesses. Mr. Sarvadi’s role as a co-founder of the Company and lengthy service as chief executive officer of the Company provide to the Board extensive knowledge and insight of our operations and issues affecting the Company as well as the broader PEO industry. Mr. Sarvadi’s previous experience starting and operating several small businesses, as well as his frequent interaction with the Company’s clients, provide valuable insight to the challenges facing small to medium-sized businesses, which is a principal focus of the Company.
Lead Independent Director
Committees: Compensation Committee (Chair); Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mr. Clifford joined the Board as a director in October 2016 and he currently serves as the Company’s lead independent director. Since September 2019, Mr. Clifford has served as an operating partner and consultant to Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe, a private equity firm focused on investments in the technology and healthcare industries. Since December 2021, he has served on the board of EMS LINQ, Inc., a cloud-based provider of nutrition, enterprise resource planning, portals and payments software to over 4,000 K12 school districts in the U.S. Since May 2021, he has served on the board of Absorb Software Holdings, Inc., a cloud-based provider of enterprise learning management systems. From June 2015 through March 2019, Mr. Clifford served as president and chief executive officer of Frontline Education, a private-equity-backed cloud software company that manages human resources functions at over 80,000 public and private schools in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of the Frontline Research and Learning Institute, as well as The Line, a publication sharing new ideas and insight while encouraging civil discourse on the most challenging problems facing K-12 educators and administrators. Prior to joining Frontline Education, from 2010 through 2013, Mr. Clifford was a corporate officer and co-president of Automatic Data Processing (NYSE: ADP) National Accounts, a $2.5 billion human capital management software and services business serving the largest U.S. companies, and was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Workscape, Inc., a pioneering cloud software provider to the human capital management industry, from 1999 until its acquisition by ADP in 2010. Prior to founding Workscape, he held chief executive officer or senior leadership positions at HealthPlan Services, Consolidated Group and Prudential Insurance Company. From 2013 to 2015, he also served as a director and audit committee member of Carbonite Inc. (Nasdaq: CARB). Mr. Clifford holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Northeastern University in Boston.
Mr. Clifford brings extensive technology, entrepreneurial and leadership experience to the Board. His substantial experience with providing HR-related services to businesses, along with his entrepreneurial background and knowledge of cloud-based software solutions for the HR services industry, provide key perspectives to the Board on matters that directly impact our business and the businesses of our customers.
Committees: Compensation Committee
Dr. Eli Jones rejoined the Company as a Class III director in December 2020. Since June 2021, Dr. Jones has served as a marketing professor and endowed chair at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. From July 2015 through May 2021, Dr. Jones served as the Dean of the Mays Business School. Dr. Jones has served as a member of the board of directors of First Financial Bankshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIN) since January 2022. He has also served on the board of trustees of the Invesco family of funds since 2016, and served on their Governance Committee from 2016 until 2021. Dr. Jones was also a director of the Company from 2004 through June 2016. Before joining the Mays Business School, from 2012, he was the Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and holder of the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair in Business. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas, he was Dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business and Ourso Distinguished Professor of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU) from 2008 to 2012; and Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston from 2007 to 2008, where he also was an Associate Professor of Marketing from 2002 to 2007; and an assistant professor from 1997 until 2002. He taught at Texas A&M University for several years before joining the faculty of the University of Houston. Dr. Jones served as the executive director of the Program for Excellence in Selling and the founding director of the Sales Excellence Institute at the University of Houston from 1997 to 2007. Before becoming a professor, he worked in sales and sales management for three Fortune 100 companies: Quaker Oats, Nabisco and Frito-Lay. Dr. Jones has also published three books and approximately 50 research articles in leading peer-reviewed academic journals in sales and sales management. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1982, his MBA in 1986, and his Ph.D. in 1997, all from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Jones brings to the Board significant experience and cutting-edge knowledge and expertise. He is considered a “sales scientist” in that he conducts and publishes cutting-edge research in sales, sales management, marketing strategy, leadership and customer relationship management based on data from organizations world-wide, which are areas critical to the Company. Dr. Jones is able to draw upon his research to provide the Board knowledge with respect to the Insperity sales force. Dr. Jones’ prior service as Dean of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University; Dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business and Ourso Distinguished Professor of Business at LSU, Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and holder of the Sam M. Walton Leadership Chair in Business, demonstrate his leadership and broad-based business acumen.
Committees: Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (Chair); Compensation Committee
Ms. Kaufman joined the Company as a director in November 2013. From July 2011 through April 2018, Ms. Kaufman served as the executive vice president, secretary, chief administrative officer and chief governance officer of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE: COO), a global medical device company, where she had previously served in a variety of capacities since October 1995, including as vice president of legal affairs beginning in March 1996 and senior vice president beginning in October 2004. From January 1989 through September 1995, she served as vice president, secretary and chief administrative officer of Cooper Development Company, a former affiliate of The Cooper Companies, Inc. Beginning in 1971, Ms. Kaufman held several financial positions, including deputy corporate controller, with Cooper Laboratories, Inc., the former parent of The Cooper Companies, Inc. Ms. Kaufman also serves as a member of the western region advisory board for FM Global, the world’s largest property insurer. Ms. Kaufman has served on the University Advisory Board for Boston University and on the board of trustees for the University of St. Andrews American Foundation. Ms. Kaufman served as a director of Chindex, Inc. (former Nasdaq-listed company) from November 2000 until September 2014, serving on its audit and compensation committees and as chair of its governance and nominating committee, and as a member of its special transaction committee until its sale in 2014 to TPG. Ms. Kaufman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1971 from Boston University.
Ms. Kaufman brings extensive financial, accounting and business experience, including in corporate governance, risk management, executive compensation and employee benefits to the Board. Her varied roles within The Cooper Companies, Inc. provide the Board with additional expertise on accounting and controls, and on evaluating and executing strategic initiatives.
Committees: Finance, Risk Management and Audit Committee
Mr. Lumelleau joined the Company as a director in December 2019. Mr. Lumelleau served as the president and chief executive officer of Lockton, Inc., the largest privately held independent insurance broker and a top 10 insurance broker globally, from 2002 until his retirement in 2017. Following his retirement, he served as an independent advisor to Lockton until 2021 and continues to serve on the board of directors of Lockton. In 2019, he also became chairman of the board of Orchid Underwriters Agency, LLC, a leading specialty underwriter of catastrophe exposed property insurance, and is a member of the management advisory board of TowerBrook Capital Partners. While he served as president and chief executive officer, Lockton’s revenues grew from $92 million to $1.4 billion and it expanded from 7 offices to 85 offices globally. Previously, he served as president of Lockton from 2000 to 2002 and as operations executive from 1997 to 1999. Prior to joining Lockton, Mr. Lumelleau held various roles at Alexander & Alexander, Inc. and its successor, AON Risk Services, from 1976 until 1997, including executive vice president of global retail sales. He currently serves on the board of trustees of Fordham University and previously served on the Board of Overseers of the St. John’s University School of Risk Management & Actuarial Sciences and the board of directors of The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. Mr. Lumelleau holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University.
Mr. Lumelleau brings substantial leadership, industry and business experience to the Board, including an extensive knowledge of the insurance industry. Mr. Lumuelleau’s previous experience as the long-time CEO of the world’s largest privately held insurance brokerage firm provides the Board with substantial knowledge, insight and key perspectives related to risk management and the opportunities and challenges faced by growth-oriented organizations.
Ellen H. Masterson
Committees: Finance, Risk Management and Audit Committee (Chair)
Ms. Masterson joined the Company as a director in September 2017. Since 2014, Ms. Masterson has served as an independent director of Westwood Holdings Group (NYSE: WHG), an investment management firm with over $15 billion in assets under management, and Westwood Trust, a Texas state-chartered trust company. Ms. Masterson is the chair of the audit committee of both WHG and Westwood Trust and serves as a member of the WHG governance committee. She joined the Board of Governors of The Doctors Company, a leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, in 2018 where she serves on the audit and finance committees. Ms. Masterson retired as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) in 2008, having served in this capacity since 1999 and from 1985 to 1997. At PwC, Ms. Masterson specialized in audits of companies involved in several sectors of the financial services industry and public companies with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. She held senior positions within the leadership of PwC from 2001 to 2008, including international responsibilities across the global network of PwC firms. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Masterson served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of American General Corporation, prior to its acquisition by American International Group, Inc. Since 1982, she has served on numerous boards of non-profit and charitable organizations.
Ms. Masterson brings extensive knowledge of financial reporting and accounting issues faced by companies in the business services industry, as well as experience with strategic planning and corporate governance. With her experience as a partner in an international accounting firm, as a chief financial officer for a public company, and as an audit committee member of a public company board, Ms. Masterson strengthens the Board’s financial reporting and accounting acumen, and provides significant expertise from which she can draw to advise and consult with the Board and management on financial and audit-related matters.
Committees: Compensation Committee
Mr. Mehl joined the Company as a director in December 2017. Mr. Mehl has served on the boards of ICF (Nasdaq: ICFI), a global consulting and technology services provider since September 2017, and Kforce Inc. (Nasdaq: KFRC), a professional staffing firm since January 2017. Mr. Mehl is the president of Stewardship Capital Advisors, LLC, which manages an equity fund focused on making investments in business and technology services. Previously, he served as a managing director and a partner with Baird Capital, a middle market private equity group, and led a team focused on the business and technology services sector from 2005 until the end of 2016. From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Mehl was a senior equity research analyst with Robert W. Baird & Company, covering various areas within the broader business and technology services sector, including professional employer organizations. Mr. Mehl serves and has previously served on several private company boards and on the investment committee for several funds, and has expertise analyzing, acquiring, and selling businesses.
Mr. Mehl brings extensive experience in the technology and business process outsourcing sectors, including professional employer organizations (“PEOs”), which are directly relevant to our company’s objectives. His background as an investor, adviser and board member focused on these industries provides an important investor perspective to our Board and provides key insight to the Board as it analyzes our long-term objectives. Further, due to his experience with technology companies involved in software development and cybersecurity, Mr. Mehl brings additional insights to our Board regarding these areas that are critical to our business.
Committees: Finance, Risk Management and Audit Committee
Mr. Morphy joined the Company as a director in May 2016. Mr. Morphy previously served as senior vice president, chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of Paychex, Inc. (Nasdaq: PAYX), a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses, from October 1996 until June 2011, at which time he was appointed vice president of finance at Paychex until he retired in January 2012. As chief financial officer of Paychex, Mr. Morphy reported directly to the chief executive officer and was responsible for all finance, legal, shareholder relations, purchasing, real estate and travel functions. Prior to joining Paychex in 1995, he served as the chief financial officer of Goulds Pumps, Inc., a then publicly traded global manufacturer of pumps for industrial, commercial and water supply markets, from 1985 to 1993, and as group vice president over industrial products at Goulds through 1995. From 1976 to 1985, Mr. Morphy was vice president and controller for Computer Consoles, Inc., and before that he was an accountant at Arthur Andersen & Company, an accounting firm. Mr. Morphy also previously served as a director of Inforte Corp., a then publicly traded customer and demand management consultancy, from April 2003 to August 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from LeMoyne College and his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1973. Mr. Morphy was originally appointed to the Board pursuant to a prior agreement with a former significant stockholder.
Mr. Morphy brings extensive financial, accounting and industry experience to the Board. His more than 20 years of financial leadership experience for various public corporations and experience in many facets of finance within varied environments, including rapid growth companies, global Fortune 500 industrial companies and major accounting firms, provide substantial knowledge and insight that are valuable to the Board.
Committees: Finance, Risk Management and Audit Committee
Dr. Ramchand joined the Company as a director in December 2019. Dr. Ramchand has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Missouri since her appointment in August 2018. Previously, Dr. Ramchand served as dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business of the University of Houston from 2011 to 2018. Prior to her deanship, she served as associate dean from 2006. During her tenure as dean, Bauer College grew enrollment to over 6,400 students, oversaw the creation of a social entrepreneurship program, expanded programs in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, and created a venture fund and a start-up accelerator. Dr. Ramchand held various professorships with the Bauer College from 1993 until her promotion to associate dean. In her current role as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Missouri, she has led the development of a new responsibility-centered budget model, and the implementation of a new strategic plan for the University of Missouri. Dr. Ramchand is also a certified financial analyst and has served on the advisory board of the CFP Board of Standards since 2018. She received her Ph.D., Finance, from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University in 1993, her M.A., Economics, from the University of Bombay in 1983 and a B.A., Economics, also from the University of Bombay in 1981.
Dr. Ramchand brings substantial leadership and financial experience to the Board, including extensive experience in managing large and complex organizations. In addition, Dr. Ramchand’s experience with entrepreneurship and generational changes bolsters our Board’s insight into an important part of our client base.
Richard G. Rawson
Mr. Rawson has been a director of the Company since 1989. In May 2018, Mr. Rawson retired from his position as president of the Company, a position that he had held since August 2003. Before being elected president, he served as executive vice president of administration, chief financial officer and treasurer of the Company from February 1997 until August 2003. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of the Company since 1989. Before joining the Company in 1989, Mr. Rawson served as a senior financial officer and controller for several companies in the manufacturing and seismic data processing industries. He is the past president of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (“NAPEO”). Mr. Rawson currently serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Bauer College Board of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston and the National Board of Directors for Genesys Works. Additionally, he is co-founder and chairman of Sciolytix, Inc. and co-founder and partner of Trinity Legacy Partners, a registered investment advisory firm. Mr. Rawson has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Houston and received a Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary) from the University of Houston in December 2020.
Mr. Rawson brings financial and operational experience to the Board. His lengthy service as president of the Company, as well as his prior service as chief financial officer and treasurer of the Company, provide in-depth knowledge and insight of Company operations and financial matters to the Board.