Corporate Information

Corporate Information

Leadership Team

Neil M. Ashe

Neil M. Ashe

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Neil M. Ashe has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Acuity Brands since February 2020. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Faster Horses LLC from February 2017 to December 2019; as President and Chief Executive Officer of Global eCommerce & Technology at Walmart, Inc. from January 2012 through January 2017, as President of CBS Interactive from July 2008 through July 2011; and as Chief Executive Officer of CNET Networks, Inc. from 2006 to 2008. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Ashe serves on the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Board of Directors.
Neil M. Ashe

Neil M. Ashe

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Karen J. Holcom

Karen J. Holcom

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Karen Holcom, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has more than 30 years of financial experience. Karen’s been with Acuity Brands since its inception in 2001 and leads the company's financial strategy and investor relations. Karen works closely with the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer to help the company achieve its bold growth ambitions. Her expertise and insight play a pivotal role in the realization of Acuity's vision, including guiding the company's capital allocation strategy to drive long-term value creation.

As part of her passion for DEI in the workplace, she serves as the Executive Sponsor of Acuity's Women's Network Employee Resource Group.

Before Acuity Brands, Karen served as Director, Planning and Analysis, National Service Industries, Inc. (NSI) (1998-2001).

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Police Foundation and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Karen is a Certified Public Accountant.

She earned a BS degree in Accounting from Clemson University and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Karen J. Holcom

Karen J. Holcom

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Barry R. Goldman

Barry R. Goldman

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Barry Goldman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, has 30 years of legal experience in the real estate, lighting, and building management industries. Barry’s been with Acuity Brands since its inception in 2001 and is a trusted legal strategist for the company, supporting all legal and transactional matters of Acuity's operations, including acquisitions, strategic alliances, government relations, and risk reduction activities globally.

Barry is passionate about environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues and created EarthLIGHT, Acuity’s comprehensive approach to ESG.

Before Acuity Brands, Barry served as General Counsel for National Service Industries Inc. (NSI) (1998-2001).

Barry is on the Board of Directors at Southface Institute, the McClung Lighting Research Foundation, and the National Association of Manufacturers.

He earned a BA degree with Special Honors in Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin and JD and MBA degrees from the University of Georgia.

Barry R. Goldman

Barry R. Goldman

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Dianne S. Mills

Dianne S. Mills

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Dianne Mills, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, has over 30 years of senior HR leadership experience at global retail, technology, and financial services companies. Dianne is a transformational leader, passionate about driving business results by reimaging the corporate workplace through a values-driven, inclusive culture. She joined Acuity in 2020 and is establishing Acuity Brands as the place where the best people come to do their best work. In addition, she is driving a differentiated associate experience, improving performance by developing every associate to their potential, and creating a people function to support the company's future growth.

Before joining Acuity Brands, Dianne served as a Principal at Mills Consulting (2017-2019), SVP and Chief People Officer for Walmart's eCommerce Division (2014-2017), and Head of HR for PayPal (2009-2014).

Dianne earned a BS in Finance from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

Dianne S. Mills

Dianne S. Mills

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Tyler Moon

Tyler H. Moon

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Tyler Moon, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has over 20 years of manufacturing and operations experience. He joined Acuity in 2007. During his tenure at Acuity Brands, Tyler led Acuity's transformation to lean manufacturing and is currently transitioning the supply chain to a digital model.

Before joining Acuity Brands, Tyler worked for the Danaher Corporation for seventeen years, starting as a manufacturing engineer, and worked in various roles with growing responsibilities reaching Director, Danaher Business System, Danaher Corporation (1990-2007).

Tyler is involved with several non-profit organizations whose missions are to create mentorships in underdeveloped areas to provide children with the support and encouragement they need to thrive. He is currently supporting Champions United, Light House Association, Fellowship Adventures, and Compassionate International.

He earned a BSME from Clemson University.

Tyler Moon

Tyler H. Moon

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Candace Steele Flippin, DM

Candace Steele Flippin, DM

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Candace Steele Flippin, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, has over 20 years of experience in global communications and brand transformation in the biotech, financial services, and medical device industries. She joined Acuity in 2020 and leads the company's global communications strategy, including corporate communications, media relations, reputation, and brand management. In addition, Candace is passionate about creating pathways for inclusion and serves as the executive sponsor of Acuity's PRIDE Employee Resource Group.

Before joining Acuity Brands, Candace served as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, First Horizon National Corporation (2018-2020), Divisional Vice President, Public Affairs, Abbott Laboratories (2017-2018), and Vice President, Global External Communications, St. Jude Medical (2014-2017).

In 2016, Candace was appointed as an engaged scholar in the Weatherhead School of Management community at Case Western Reserve University. She is a workplace scholar and author. Her research focuses on practical methods to accelerate the leadership development of women, Gen X, Gen Z, and millennials in the workplace.

Candace is on the Board of Directors of The Woodruff Arts Center and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation. She also serves on the Advisory Board of CulTRUE.

She earned a BA from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University.

Candace Steele Flippin, DM

Candace Steele Flippin, DM

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Trevor Palmer

Trevor S. Palmer

President, Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls

Trevor Palmer, President, Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls Business, has over 25 years of experience in the building technology industry. He joined Acuity in 2015 with the acquisition of Distech Controls ® and has positioned Acuity Brands Lighting (ABL) as an industry leader in lighting and controls. Trevor is an innovator at heart and is elevating the customer experience while driving product vitality. In addition, he guides ABL's strategic development, market expansion, and product line diversification.

Before joining Acuity Brands, Trevor served as Managing Director for Sontay Limited (2009-2014).

Trevor is on the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). He is a former Board Member of BACnet International and LonMARK International.

Trevor Palmer

Trevor S. Palmer

President, Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls
Peter Han

Peter Han

President, Intelligent Spaces Group

Peter Han, President, Intelligent Spaces Group (ISG), has a track record of delivering change and revenue growth for over 25 years in the technology industry. Driven to make spaces smarter, safer, and greener, he joined Acuity in 2021 and guides the business transformation using hardware and software solutions across multiple verticals. Peter leads the ISG business comprised of Distech Controls® and Atrius, with teams based in Atlanta, Montreal, Lyon, Oakland, and Seattle.

Before joining Acuity Brands, Peter co-founded and served as Partner of Rockpile Ventures, an Edge AI accelerator (2019-2021), Chief Marketing Officer of Supermicro (2018-2019), and Vice President, Partner Devices and Solutions at Microsoft (2016-2018).

An accomplished writer and visual storyteller, Peter published a book with Penguin, Nobodies to Somebodies, and produced two documentary movies early in his career.

Peter serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Economic Revitalization Board, Harvard Club of Seattle United, and Seattle United.

He earned an AB from Harvard University.

Peter Han

Peter Han

President, Intelligent Spaces Group
Sach Sankpal

Sach Sankpal

Senior Vice President, Growth and Transformation

Sach Sankpal, Senior Vice President, Growth and Transformation, has over 25 years of experience in leading top-to-bottom turnarounds, accelerating digital transformation and innovation, and positioning global industrial technology organizations for future growth. He joined Acuity in 2022 and leads the technology organization, deploys the Company’s Better.Smarter.Faster. operating system, and directs integration efforts for Acuity mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining Acuity Brands, Sach served as President, Product and Solutions for Resideo (2020), Senior Vice President, Emerging Industries, Trimble (2015-2020), and President and VP/GM of Safety Products, and VP, Strategic Marketing at Honeywell (2010-2015).

He earned a BS from Rutgers University, an MS from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from Dartmouth.

Sach Sankpal

Sach Sankpal

Senior Vice President, Growth and Transformation

Board of Directors

Neil M. Ashe

Neil M. Ashe

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Neil M. Ashe has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Acuity Brands since February 2020. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Faster Horses LLC from February 2017 to December 2019; as President and Chief Executive Officer of Global eCommerce & Technology at Walmart, Inc. from January 2012 through January 2017, as President of CBS Interactive from July 2008 through July 2011; and as Chief Executive Officer of CNET Networks, Inc. from 2006 to 2008. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Ashe serves on the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Board of Directors.
Neil M. Ashe

Neil M. Ashe

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
W. Patrick Battle

W. Patrick Battle

Managing Partner, Stillwater Family Holdings

Career Highlights

  • Managing Partner of Stillwater Family Holdings since 2010
  • Chairman of IMG College (formerly known as The Collegiate Licensing Company, “CLC”) from 2007 to 2011; prior to joining IMG in 2007, Mr. Battle was president and chief executive officer of CLC, where he worked since 1984. CLC is the nation’s oldest and largest marketing agency dedicated to providing domestic and international trademark licensing services to the collegiate market

Board Service

  • Public Company Directorships: MCBC Holdings, Inc. (MasterCraft)

Skills and Experience

  • Mr. Battle has operational, strategic, and marketing expertise gained through senior leadership positions.
W. Patrick Battle

W. Patrick Battle

Managing Partner, Stillwater Family Holdings
G. Douglas Dillard, Jr.

G. Douglas Dillard, Jr.

Founder and Managing Director, Slewgrass Capital, LLC

Career Highlights

  • Founder and Managing Partner of Slewgrass Capital, LLC, a family of investment funds, since 2017
  • Co-Managing Partner of Standard Pacific Capital (“Standard Pacific”) from 2005 to 2016
  • Investment Partner of Standard Pacific Capital from 1998 to 2005, responsible for the firm’s investments in software and business service companies and non-Asia emerging markets
  • Co-Portfolio Manager of Standard Pacific’s flagship Global Fund from 2005 to 2016
  • Adjunct professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University since 2017

Skills and Experience

Mr. Dillard has financial and strategic expertise, including his vast and relevant experience with software and business service companies which is fundamental to the Company’s current strategic direction.

G. Douglas Dillard, Jr.

G. Douglas Dillard, Jr.

Founder and Managing Director, Slewgrass Capital, LLC
James H. Hance, Jr.

James H. Hance, Jr.

Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group;, Former Vice Chairman, Bank of America Corporation

Career Highlights

  • Operating executive of the Carlyle Group LP since 2005
  • Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Bank of America from 1993 to 2005; Chief Financial Officer from 1988 to 2004
  • Chairman and co-owner of Consolidated Coin Caterers Corporation from 1985 to 1986
  • Joined the audit staff of Price Waterhouse in 1969, served as Partner from 1979 until 1985
  • Certified Public Accountant

Board Service

  • Public Company Directorships: Carlyle Group LP
  • Former Public Company Directorships: Cousins Properties, Inc., Duke Energy Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Parkway, Inc., Sprint-Nextel Corporation, Rayonier, Inc., Enpro Industries, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America Corporation

Skills and Experience

Mr. Hance has extensive leadership, operational, and financial expertise, as well as significant corporate governance knowledge from service on other public company boards.

James H. Hance, Jr.

James H. Hance, Jr.

Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group;, Former Vice Chairman, Bank of America Corporation
Maya Leibman

Maya Leibman

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, American Airlines Group, Inc.

Career Highlights

  • Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of American Airlines Group, Inc. (“American”) since November 2015
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of American from January 2012 to November 2015
  • President of the American AAdvantage loyalty program from 2010 to 2012

Skills and Experience

Ms. Leibman has operational, strategic and leadership expertise gained through her senior leadership positions.

Maya Leibman

Maya Leibman

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, American Airlines Group, Inc.
Laura O’Shaughnessy

Laura O’Shaughnessy

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SocialCode, LLC

Career Highlights

  • Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SocialCode, LLC from 2009 to August 2020
  • Business and Product Strategy oversight of the Slate Group from 2009 to 2010

Board Service

  • Public Company Directorships: Vroom, Inc.

Skills and Experience

  • Ms. O’Shaughnessy has digital, technology, business development, and strategic expertise gained through her various leadership positions.
Laura O’Shaughnessy

Laura O’Shaughnessy

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SocialCode, LLC
Dominic J. Pileggi

Dominic J. Pileggi

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas & Betts Corporation

Career Highlights

  • Chairman of Thomas & Betts Corporation from 2006 to 2013; Thomas & Betts Corporation was acquired by ABB Ltd. in 2012
  • Chief Executive Officer of Thomas & Betts from 2004 until his retirement in 2012; held other management positions at Thomas & Betts, including Chief Operating Officer (2003 to 2004) and President-Electrical Products (2000 to 2003)
  • Held senior executive positions at Casco Plastic, Inc., Jordan Telecommunications and Viasystems Group, Inc. from 1995 to 2000
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association

Board Service

  • Former Public Company Directorships: Exide Corporation, Lubrizol Corporation, and Viasystems Group

Skills and Experience

Mr. Pileggi has operational, marketing and strategic expertise from more than 20 years in the electrical products industry, including experience as the Chief Executive Officer of a global public company servicing multinational industrial businesses, and significant corporate governance knowledge from service on other public company boards.

Dominic J. Pileggi

Dominic J. Pileggi

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas & Betts Corporation
Ray M. Robinson

Ray M. Robinson

Non-Executive Chairman, Citizens Trust Bank;, President Emeritus, East Lake Golf Club

Career Highlights

  • Director and non-executive Chairman of Citizens Trust Bank since 2003
  • President of the Southern Region of AT&T Corporation from 1996 to 2003
  • President of Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club from 2003 to 2005 and President Emeritus since 2005
  • Chairman of Atlanta’s East Lake Community Foundation from 2003 to 2005 and Vice Chairman since 2005

Board Service

  • Public Company Directorships: Aaron’s Inc. (Chairman), American Airlines Group, Inc., and Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC
  • Former Public Company Directorships: Avnet, Inc., Choicepoint Inc., Citizens Bancshares Corporation, and RailAmerica, Inc.

Skills and Experience

Mr. Robinson has extensive service on other public company boards, sales and marketing experience gained through senior leadership positions, extensive operational skills gained while at AT&T, and longstanding involvement in civic and charitable leadership roles in the community.

Ray M. Robinson

Ray M. Robinson

Non-Executive Chairman, Citizens Trust Bank;, President Emeritus, East Lake Golf Club
Mark J. Sachleben

Mark J. Sachleben

Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary, New Relic, Inc.

Career Highlights

  • Chief Financial Officer of New Relic, Inc. (New Relic) since April 2008 and Corporate Secretary of New Relic since February 2018.
  • Vice President of Finance for Wily Technology, Inc. from December 1999 to March 2006.

Skills and Experience

Mr. Sachleben has financial, digital technology, and strategic planning expertise, as well corporate governance experience from his current role at New Relic.

Mark J. Sachleben

Mark J. Sachleben

Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary, New Relic, Inc.
Mary A. Winston

Mary A. Winston

President, WinsCo Enterprises, Inc.;, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

Career Highlights

  • President, WinsCo Enterprises, Inc. since 2016
  • Interim Chief Executive Officer of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. from May 2019 to November 2019
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. from 2012 to 2015
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Giant Eagle, Inc. from 2008 to 2012
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Scholastic Corporation from 2004 to 2007
  • Held senior executive positions at Visteon Corporation and Pfizer Inc. from 1995 to 2004
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and NACD Board Leadership Fellow

Board Service

  • Public Company Directorships: Domtar Corporation, Dover Corporation, and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
  • Former Public Company Directorships: Plexus Corporation and SUPERVALU Inc.

Skills and Experience

Ms. Winston has extensive management, operational, and financial expertise, as well as broad corporate governance experience having served on other large corporate boards.

Mary A. Winston

Mary A. Winston

President, WinsCo Enterprises, Inc.;, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Family Dollar Stores, Inc.