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World Environment Center Appoints New President and Chief Executive Officer

New York, October 31, 2000 – The World Environment Center (WEC) has appointed John F. Mizroch as President and Chief Executive Officer of WEC as of October 16, 2000. He is replacing James G. Veras, who will continue as a Senior Advisor to the Center and assist in the transition of leadership.

Mr. Mizroch has had a very successful career in the private, public and NGO sectors, and brings extensive international experience and a network of contacts that will serve the Center and its supporters extremely well in the years to come. Mr. Mizroch served with the US Diplomatic Corps, was a senior official in the Reagan Administration and served on Capitol Hill as senior staff. He has worked in the private sector and has extensive overseas experience in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Most recently, Mr. Mizroch was Director of International Programs at Concurrent Technologies Corporation and was was the Executive Director of the Environmental Export Council, both located in Washington DC.

Mr. Mizroch was formally introduced to the International Environment Forum (IEF) of the WEC on October 23 and 24 in Montréal, at the organization’s Forum on "Trade and the Environment, the Precautionary Principle and the Kyoto Protocol", held in collaboration with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. He holds a Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.

"We all have a great deal to look forward to under the direction of John Mizroch, and he has the enthusiastic support of the Board of Directors and the WEC staff" said Dr. Thomas Hellman, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Chairman of the WEC Board of Directors.

Founded in 1974 with a grant from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Environment Center is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development and social responsibility, encourages environmental leadership, and helps improve environmental, health and safety practices worldwide. It accomplishes this by providing (1) a platform for collaboration, partnership and the exchange of information between industry, government, non-governmental organizations and other sectors; (2) international recognition for outstanding accomplishments through its WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Environmental Achievement, which was established in 1985; and (3) technical cooperation programs.

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