ADP appoints Thomas Lynch as the new independent board chair

Roseland-based ADP has appointed Thomas Lynch as its independent, non-executive board chair, to succeed Carlos Rodriguez, the executive chair of the board, effective Jan. 31. Lynch has served as an independent director of the board since 2018.

Rodriguez will continue to serve on the company’s board as a non-employee director. In addition, John Jones will transition from his role as lead independent director but remain a board member. Prior to serving as lead independent director, Jones had been ADP’s independent non-executive chairman since 2015.

“We would like to express our deep appreciation to Carlos for his outstanding leadership of ADP during his tenure as CEO and his exceptional stewardship during this last year of transition. His invaluable direction and guidance over the past year as executive chair, including his deep commitment to sound leadership succession planning, has only served to strengthen ADP’s future,” Jones said.

“I have seen Maria (Black) flourish as CEO in her first year. The company is in great hands and it has been a true pleasure to serve as executive chair during this seamless transition,” Rodriguez said.

“I value Carlos’ insight and thought leadership — not just this past year as I stepped into my new role, but as a great teacher and mentor to me over the years,” Black, CEO and president of ADP, said. “His service and commitment to ADP is second-to-none. Given his extensive (human capital management) expertise and unique understanding of ADP, I am delighted that the board can continue to benefit from his ongoing involvement as a director.”

“I feel privileged to take on the role of independent board chair of ADP at such an exciting time for the company,” Lynch said. “I am confident that ADP can continue to be a trusted partner to its clients, providing technology, data and expertise to navigate through any change, while continuing to deliver on its track record of sustainable profitable growth and consistent value creation for all of its stakeholders. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the board, CEO Maria Black and the entire ADP leadership team to advance the company’s strategic HCM priorities.”

Lynch is a seasoned business leader and served as CEO of TE Connectivity Ltd., a leading global technology and manufacturing company, from January 2006 to March 2017. Since joining the board of ADP in 2018, Lynch has served as a member of the board’s corporate development and technology advisory committee and most recently as chair of the compensation and management development committee and member of the nominating/corporate governance committee.