President & CEO, Governance Partners Group, LLC
Paul Marcela is President & CEO of Governance Partners Group, LLC (“GPG”), a corporate governance services firm that provides external Corporate Secretary and related corporate governance services to companies and other organizations that seek to outsource all or a portion of their Office of the Corporate Secretary operations. GPG provides services in the categories of Board and Committee Support, Board Meeting Preparation, Subsidiary Management, Governance Service Partner Management and Governance Consulting. Its client profile includes private and small to mid-cap public companies, venture capital, private equity and family office portfolio companies, subsidiaries of parent corporations and not-for-profit corporations that may not have sufficient internal resources to practice corporate governance in a robust manner.
Paul has been Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of North American Bus Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of transit buses, between 2011 and 2015. He also served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Blue Bird Corporation, a manufacturer of school buses, between 2009 and 2011. Previously, Paul was Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of Dow Corning Corporation, a large global specialty chemical company. He joined Dow Corning in 1985. Paul’s primary legal practice areas are corporate governance, securities, mergers & acquisitions, corporate financial transactions and litigation management.
Paul serves the Private Directors Association as Vice President & Corporate Secretary and as a member of the PDA Board of Directors. He has served the Society for Corporate Governance as Chair of the Society’s Private Companies Committee between 2013 and 2016. He also served on the Society’s National Board of Directors between 2009 and 2013 and has been a member of the Society’s Southeast Chapter Advisory Council and President of the Society’s Detroit Chapter.
Paul has served the legal profession in various professional organization capacities. Paul served the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel as Vice President for Programs and Sponsorships and Vice President for Special Programs. He previously served as President of the Michigan Chapter of organization. Paul has also served his profession as Chair of the In-house Counsel Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section and President of the Midland County (MI) Bar Association.
Paul is also a Director Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University and a Past President of the Case Western Reserve University Law School Alumni Association. In addition, he is a past Chair of the Allegheny College Center for Business & Economics Board of Visitors and has served on the Oglethorpe University President’s Advisory Council.
Paul earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, a M.B.A. from Central Michigan University and a B.S. from Allegheny College.