Executive Team

The role of the Executive Team is to provide assistance to Ultra’s Chief Executive Officer in the development and execution of the Group’s strategy, policies, procedures and culture.

The Executive Team also monitors the strategic, operating and financial performance of the Group and the development of talent and succession, ensuring that the Group has aligned strategic plans as well as the diverse mix of experience, skills and capabilities needed to support effective delivery of the strategy.

Simon Pryce


Prior to his appointment in June 2018, Simon was Group Chief Executive of BBA Aviation plc for 10 years, a FTSE 150 listed, US-based group that employs some 14,000 people at over 200 locations around the world. Simon led the migration and growth of BBA Aviation from a financial conglomerate to the world's leading aviation support and aftermarket services company.

Simon is currently a Non-Executive Director of Electrocomponents plc, is Chairman of its Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. He was appointed to the Board in September 2016.

Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK before working at the global investment banking firms of Lazards and JP Morgan, in London and New York, and at the international automotive and engineering group GKN plc in the UK and Germany in a range of international corporate finance, finance and general management roles. Simon has also chaired or been on the Board of numerous trade bodies including the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and was an Associate Director of Alvis plc prior to its acquisition by BAe in 2004. Simon is a member of the Council of the University of Reading, Chairman of its Investment Committee and a member of its Strategy and Finance Committee.

Jos Sclater


Jos has 20 years' experience in multi-national engineering, chemicals and consumer goods businesses. He has held senior financial, corporate finance, strategic, operational, and legal roles in ICI, Akzo Nobel, GKN and BP, both in the UK and Asia Pacific. Jos has extensive experience in finance, strategic planning, transformation, M&A and driving operational and commercial performance.

Steve Izquierdo


Steve is a commercially experienced HR leader with over 20 years' cross-industry HR experience working within three top tier global organisations before joining Ultra as Chief HR Officer. He has operated as an active member of the Executive Board for the last seven years and has led through significant change and transformation programmes across the business.

Prior to joining Ultra, Steve held a number of roles within PepsiCo including Head of HR for the UK business as part of the Executive team, leading the HR function and setting the HR strategy for the business, and as HRVP for Core Services in Europe, helping to implement the new HR operating model and then leading an HR team of over 250 to execute HR activities across the talent management, total reward, culture & engagement, HR operations and learning & development agenda.

Steve was appointed to the role of Chief HR Officer for Ultra in November 2018 with responsibility for setting and then delivering the Global HR strategy for the organisation over the next several years.

Louise Ruppel


Louise Ruppel joined Ultra in January 2019. She trained as a solicitor at UK city firm Slaughter and May where she qualified into the corporate department. She subsequently worked as an in house lawyer at Merrill Lynch & CO., Limited in London and worked for FirstGroup plc as Company Secretary and Group Legal Director until 2016, when she left to become General Counsel and Company Secretary at Manchester Airports Group.

Andrew Puryear

Dr Andrew Puryear is responsible for the Ultra group’s technology strategy and global research and development to innovate emergent, disruptive, and convergent technologies for a safer tomorrow. Dr Puryear has a background in electrical and computer engineering as well as extensive technology leadership experience in aerospace and defence. He originally joined Ultra in 2019 as the Chief Technology Officer for the Intelligence & Communications Strategic Business Unit. 

Dr Puryear is the Chairman of the newly formed US Department of Commerce Emerging Technology Technical Advisory Committee (ETTAC), where he advises the department on emergent technology with potential dual-use applications in their developmental stages both within the United States and abroad. He has served in the US Navy Reserves since 2012 as a warfare qualified Engineering Duty Officer and a founding member of a specialized detachment within the Navy Cyber Warfare Group focused on rapidly surfacing new capabilities in cyberspace.

Prior to joining Ultra Electronics, Dr Puryear was the Director of Cyber Strategy and Execution at the MITRE Corporation. Dr Puryear graduated first in his class from MIT with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering with specialties in information theory, analytics, and cryptography. He holds an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford and a BS in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, from Texas A&M. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi and IEEE.

Mike Baptist OBE


Mike Baptist has been at Ultra for over 30 years having joined as a development engineer in 1989. His leadership has contributed to many of Ultra’s milestone achievements; driven by his passion for technology and innovation. Mike is responsible for the strategic growth and operational performance of the Intelligence & Communications strategic business unit. He has been a member of the Ultra Executive Team since 2014

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