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President and CEORead more
Ronald den Elzen is originally from the Netherlands and has been with HEINEKEN for over 20 years. He's held various positions in Finance, Sales and General Management in HEINEKEN's businesses in the Netherlands, the U.K. and Portugal. In his previous role as Managing Director of HEINEKEN Portugal, he mobilized and energized the organization around a powerful growth strategy during an economic depression. Ronald resides in Connecticut, and lives with his wife and three kids.
Vice ChairmanRead more
Mr. Kelley has been a partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm, since January 2017. From December 2012 to June 2016, he served as president and chief executive officer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a beverage company which was acquired by JAB Holding Company in March 2016. From 2007 to November 2012, Mr. Kelley was employed by The Coca-Cola Company, a consumer beverage company, serving as the president of still/non-carbonated beverages and supply chain from April 2007-August 2012; and president, Coca-Cola Refreshments from August 2012 to November 2012. Mr. Kelley’s prior experience includes serving as president and CEO of Sirva, Inc. a relocation services company from July 2002 to April 2007. As CEO, Brian led the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Kelley was involved at Ford Motor Company from April 1999 to July 2002 where he served in a number of executive roles including president, Lincoln Mercury Division. From April 1994 to April 1999, Mr. Kelley was a corporate officer at General Electric (GE) where he served in a number of roles ultimately becoming vice-president/general manager of sales, service and distribution of GE Appliances. Mr. Kelley began his career at Procter & Gamble from August 1983 to April 1984 where he served in a number of sales and brand management assignments. Mr. Kelley currently serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of Keurig Green Mountain where he has served as a member since December 2012. In addition, Mr. Kelley has served as member of the board of Blue Apron since May 2017. Mr. Kelley holds a B.A. degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
Abby Maxman joined Oxfam America as its president in 2017. She brings over twenty five years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development to her new post. Prior to joining Oxfam, she served as Deputy Secretary General of CARE International in Geneva providing leadership of the Secretariat and across the CARE confederation. She previously served as Vice President of International Programs & Operations for CARE overseeing regional management units and their country offices in East & Central, West and Southern Africa; Latin America & the Caribbean; Asia; and the Middle East/Europe and in regional and country leadership and management roles since 1995.
Prior to CARE, Maxman worked with the U.S. Peace Corps, German Agency for Technical Cooperation, UN World Food Programme, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Colorado College and a Master of International Administration from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Matthew has dedicated his career to leading mission-based organizations through the challenges of achieving growth, scale, and self-sufficiency. His work experience spans government, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors, and he has led teams in entering new markets, launching products and programs, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
As President, Matthew works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic objectives and then lead the staff in implementing them. He oversees the financing of the organization through fundraising and commercial activities, and is responsible for the operations that support these areas and the work of the SASB standards-setting board and its technical staff.
Matthew has broad experience in strategy, operations, and product development, developed through senior roles at Kaplan Test Prep, Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Junyo, Teachscape, and The Rotary Foundation. Years of experience with education programs, software and data products, and research studies give Matthew a good background for equipping the market with offerings that support education and use of the SASB standards.
Matthew holds a BA from Grinnell College and a MPA in management and public policy from Columbia University. He is member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, where he has served on the Finance and Development Committees. He currently chairs the Academic Affairs Committee.
Head of Responsible Investing, Global Fixed IncomeRead more
Ashley Schulten, is the Head of Responsible Investing for BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income platform. She is a portfolio manager on global green and socially responsible mandates and leads the coordination of the firm’s green bond effort. She partners with BlackRock's Global Fixed Income team, Investment Stewardship team and Sustainable Investing team to bring ESG and climate risk integration tools and strategies to the investment process. Prior to this role, she spent several years in the Global Rates Trading team. Previous to BlackRock, Ms. Schulten’s work included 20 years as a sell side interest rate and options trader.
Ms. Schulten earned a BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1992. She serves on the Executive Committee of Green Bond Principles and Cicero's Climate Finance Board. She has contributed to publications on green finance including "Investor Expectations of the Green Bond Market" through Ceres and "Categorizing Climate Risk for Investors" through the Cicero Center for International Climate Research. In her personal capacity, she sits on the Board of the Mianus River Gorge, the first Nature Conservancy land project.
Chief ExecutiveRead more
Vice President, Corporate Social ResponsibilityRead more
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. She was one of the key drivers of UOP’s leadership in aviation biofuels, and under her management, UOP technology became instrumental in producing nearly all of the initial fuels used by commercial airlines and the military for testing and certification of alternative aviation fuel. Today, under Dr. Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is working towards developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases.
Dr. Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications. In 2003, she was the first woman awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). In 2010, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) for her work in establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation biofuels. In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Sustainability magazine, Salt, named Dr. Holmgren as the world’s most compassionate business woman in 2015. In October 2015, Dr. Holmgren was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award in Corporate Social Innovation from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the most 100 influential leaders in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017.
She currently serves on the board of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee. Dr. Holmgren is also on the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India. The institute has been set up by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government) and IOC (Indian Oil Corporation).
Dr. Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & InclusionRead more
Chief Procurement Officer & Chief Sustainability OfficerRead more
Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Impact;
Chair and President, The Prudential Foundation
Lata N. Reddy is Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Impact at Prudential Financial and Chair and President of The Prudential Foundation.
In these roles, Reddy harnesses the power of capital markets to drive financial and social mobility. By combining diversity strategies, impact investments, philanthropy, corporate contributions and employee engagement with Prudential’s full business capabilities, she helps position the company to promote economic opportunity and sustainable growth.
Under Reddy’s leadership, Prudential is building an impact investment portfolio with the goal of $1 billion in assets under management by 2020. Additionally, she oversees a yearly grantmaking budget of $40 million through The Prudential Foundation, and a $22 million corporate contributions budget.
Reddy originally joined Prudential in 1997. She left in 2008 to launch a consulting practice and returned to the firm in her current role in 2012. Prior to joining Prudential, she was a civil rights attorney with the U.S. Department of Education. Her dedication to promoting equity has spanned her career in the nonprofit, public and private sectors.
She currently serves on the boards of several national and local organizations including Living Cities, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Newark Alliance. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board for the California Organized Investment Network and is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leaders Network.
Reddy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Emory University School of Law.
Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability OfficerRead more
James Gowen is vice president, Supply Chain Operations and chief sustainability officer for Verizon. Since taking on these complementary roles in 2009, his team has enlisted more than 22,000 Verizon employees in 34 countries around the globe in helping to reduce the company’s environmental footprint while increasing the efficiency of a growing enterprise.
Gowen has been deeply involved in the advancement of innovative and sustainable technologies and recently spearheaded the launch of Verizon’s flagship $137M green energy initiative which enabled Verizon to eliminate 20,000 metric tons of CO2. Gowen also oversees other green initiatives being implemented across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling, and management of end-of-life-cycle material recovery.
In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations including regional distribution centers and the global customer premises equipment program with responsibility for over $10 billion in annual through-put. Gowen also has responsibility for Verizon’s Global Manufacturing Operations, producing customer premises equipment deployed to Fios customers.
Most recently Gowen spearheaded the start-up of Verizon Services Ireland Limited in Dublin, Ireland. He was responsible for transitioning 15 billion dollars in annual spend for strategic sourcing of Verizon’s Network and IT operations. Over 70 industry professionals were hired and a state-of the art center of excellence was built under Gowen’s leadership in less than 7 months.
Having held several positions of increasing levels of responsibility at Verizon, Gowen was the lead architect of the company's supply chain strategy and led the strategic shift from a fixed to a variable inventory business model. While in corporate sourcing, he led the implementation of Verizon's eProcurement effort, and the standardization of Verizon's supply chain systems.
Gowen earned his master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College. He is a member of Penn State University’s Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board. Gowen is located at Verizon Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Vice President of Global Sustainability and Social InnovationRead more
VP & Exec Director of Corporate Social ResponsibilityRead more
Maria I. Arcaya is currently Vice-president and Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cisneros, a global enterprise founded in 1929, focused on media & entertainment, digital advertising and real estate. Maria brings twenty years of experience at Cisneros in the development of educational and social responsibility initiatives, including a distance learning program that reached more than 13,000 elementary and secondary school teachers in Latin America and a the first pan-regional educational channel, cl@se, offered throughout Latin America via DIRECTV to subscriber homes and schools.
In her current role, Maria has been responsible for aligning the Cisneros companies' philanthropy and sustainability vision with the corporate strategy by engaging internal and external stakeholders, establishing strategic partnerships and further integrating social responsibility efforts with the business agenda and objectives. Initiatives include gender equality awareness, job-readiness and entrepreneurship education programs, and sustainable tourism, among others.
Maria Ignacia Arcaya holds a BSc and MSc in Education and has completed CSR certificate courses at Venezuela’s Institute for Superior Education in Administration (IESA) and Harvard Business School.
VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability OfficerRead more
Managing DirectorRead more
Simon Messenger joined the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) as Managing Director in 2017, with over 10 years of academic and professional experience in sustainability and non-financial reporting.
He currently heads the team working with investors, companies and regulators to understand how to most effectively report environmental and natural capital information in mainstream reporting. He currently leads their work relating to the Taskforce on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations and works with companies to provide a framework for reporting environmental information with the same rigour as financial information.
Previously, Simon was Head of Consulting at the Energy Saving Trust and a Sustainability Manager at PwC and Deloitte. In his roles at PwC and Deloitte, he focused on a wide range of sustainability, risk management and non-financial reporting issues, working across multiple countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America in a range of sectors.
Vice President of Sustainability and Business CommunicationsRead more
Paige Goff is Vice-President of Sustainability at Domtar, the largest integrated marketer and manufacturer of business and office copy paper in North America. In this role, she is responsible for communicating Domtar’s pulp and paper initiatives, identifying and leveraging the latest sustainability trends and strategies for the business, as well as developing and managing partnerships with environmental non-governmental organizations (NGO) and customers.
Goff has 18 years of experience in the forest products industry and joined Domtar in 2004. In her previous Domtar roles, she was also the Senior Manager, Brand and Advertising Operations as well as a Product Packaging Manager. Prior to joining Domtar, Goff was a marketing analyst and planner at Resolute, a major North American paper industry supplier. She has a Master of Business Administration degree.
Senior Vice President and Head of SustainabilityRead more
Andrew is Senior Vice President and Head of Sustainability for KeyBank, a $135 billion financial institution that operates across 15 states in the U.S. Andrew uses his sustainability and organizational change expertise to lead the bank in the development and execution of a sustainability strategy that positions the bank for growth. In his role, he works with the corporate responsibility team and bank leadership to balance margin and mission to achieve dependable results.
Prior to his position at KeyBank, Andrew was senior consultant at BrownFlynn, a sustainability and corporate responsibility consulting firm located in Cleveland, OH. Previously, Andrew was the City of Cleveland’s first Chief of Sustainability and led the coordination of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, an action plan to create an economic engine to empower a green city on a blue lake.
Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and economics from Bates College and a master’s in Positive Organizational Development from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Vice President of Corporate SustainabilityRead more
Senior Vice President for Public Sector EngagementRead more
Corporate Social Responsibility DirectorRead more
As Adobe’s Director Sustainability + Social Impact and Executive Director of the Adobe Foundation, Michelle Crozier is responsible for global S+SI program strategy, management, and reporting. She manages a team focused on sustainability strategies, global giving programs, employee involvement, diversity initiatives, and CR-related product innovations. Much of Adobe’s focus in these areas is supporting the empowerment of young people technology tools and digital storytelling for the purpose of driving positive social change through creativity.
Prior to joining Adobe in 2012, Crozier served as vice president of corporate responsibility at Warner Bros. Entertainment, building and leading that program for ten years. An important element of this position was understanding the unique ways that media companies impact society, requiring broad internal or external CR stakeholder engagement. Crozier also managed Time Warner-wide initiatives such as ethical sourcing, CR shareholder relations, and the depiction of controversial content issues in films, television, and video games.
Prior to Time Warner, Crozier worked with Globalegacy, a social venture firm in London that brings government, the private sector and nonprofits together to comprehensively address urban poverty. She began her career at the U.S. Green Building Council during the formative years of the LEED™ green building rating system.
Crozier holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Tufts University and earned her MBA from London Business School. She also holds a Certificate in Corporate Responsibility from the Boston College Carroll School of Management and a Certificate in Creating Shared Value from the Harvard Business School. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including as founding Chairperson of the Burbank Arts for All Foundation, and was a member of the Global Reporting Initiative Media Sector Working Group. She is a current board member of the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and the US Green Building Council’s Northern California Chapter.
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Vice President of Safety Environment and SustainabilityRead more
David leads Amcor’s safety, environmental compliance, and sustainability programs including the EnviroAction program to improve the environmental and social profile of their operations and products. He is closely involved with integrating sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor’s product development and innovation processes, including issues related to the collection, processing, and use of recycled containers.
David is also chairman of the Plastic Recycling Corporation of California and serves on the External Advisory Board of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.
David holds a B.S., Physics, from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
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