Mace co-founder Ian Wylie dies
Ian Wylie, the deputy chairman of Mace and one of the company’s co-founders has died aged 78.
Wylie passed away on 4 July and was an instrumental figure at Mace over the last thirty years.
He was the last of the five founding directors of the business who still worked for the company.
Wylie, alongside other colleagues from Bovis, was part of the team that founded Mace in 1990 off the back of the successful delivery of the Broadgate estate in the City of London.
He later took a key role across many of Mace’s high-profile projects including the construction of the Gatwick South Domestic Terminal. He also served as project director for Merrill Lynch’s European HQ building on King Edward’s Street in the City of London.
In 2001, Wylie took a non-executive role and stepped back from the day-to-day running of Mace, but still took responsibility for a huge portion of Mace’s overseas growth in the 2000s. He held key roles on the construction of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore and the Venetian Cotai in Macau - at the time one of the largest buildings in the world.
Over the last ten years, he took a role of strategic counsel for Mace’s leadership team, providing mentorship and strategic advice to executive chairman Stephen Pycroft and chief executive Mark Reynolds and other senior figures from across the company.
In a statement, the company said: “His humility, integrity and ability to connect with everyone who met him will never be forgotten at Mace. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him – his wisdom, experience and ability to motivate everyone was something to behold. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
Mark Reynolds, Mace’s chief executive, said: “Ian was the reason I joined Mace and was my boss in the early years of my career. Over the years he has been an incredibly important mentor for me and a true friend. He made an impact wherever he went – which is evident in the outpouring of emotion and gratitude that we have seen over the last week. I am proud to have worked for him and with him. He was a true legend of the industry and we’ll all miss him.”