Leslie W. TaitoChief Executive Officer, Hope Global

    Leslie was named the Chief Executive Officer of Hope Global in December of 2018 after serving five years as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations and Chief of Staff. Using her 27 years of management and manufacturing experience she is responsible for developing and leading the short and long-term growth strategy for the company and management of the global operations and resources.

    Prior to her employment at Hope, Leslie served as the Director of Regulatory Reform for the State of Rhode Island in the Office of Management and Budget. She has also held leadership positions as the Chief Executive Officer for the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Services, Inc., Executive Director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and Acting Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Rhode Island Regional Employment and Training Board.

    Leslie is currently a Director on the National Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board and the Polaris MEP Advisory Board. She also has served by appointment of the Governor on the Rhode Island Manufacturing Advisory Council and the Lean Government Initiative. Actively involved in her community Leslie has served in executive board leadership positions and ultimately as Chair for the Northern Rhode Island and North Kingstown Chambers of Commerce.