Board Leadership

Cate Prescott

Board Chair


Cate Prescott, Chief People Officer of NI, partners with the executive leadership team to create a high-performance organization where team members embrace the NI values –driven culture that empowers each one to better themselves while they better the world. She has engineered a Global HR team that is outcome-based and focused on solving challenges, working as people experts to be proactive, agile, and trusted advisors to the business while advocating for our people.

Cate also leads Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) reinforcing NI’s commitment to cultivating a diverse team of bright, open-minded people and a culture of respect for all. Together with the company, she is on a mission to create an authentic, inclusive, and kind community where everyone can be themselves and do their best work. Prior to her role as CPO, Cate served in HR leadership roles in EMEIA, APAC, and the Americas. Before joining NI, Cate was head of HR for BAE Systems—Military Air and Information Sector (2005–2013) and head of HR for MVC, a subsidiary of Woolworths Group (2002−2005).

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in strategic HR and an advanced diploma in coaching from Oxford. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, and former UK regional government ambassador for Engage for Success. Cate also serves as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club Austin Area, Chairing the Operations & Safety Committee.

Outside of work, Cate enjoys spending time with her family, hitting the hiking trails, and discovering all the fun and “weird” things to do in Austin.