World Environment Center Europe Elects New Supervisory Board Officers

New WEC board appointments continue accelerating global sustainability solutions

The World Environment Center’s (WEC) Europe Supervisory Board of Directors has elected new Officers to its board. The Board expressed great appreciation to the outgoing Supervisory Board members, Lorraine Francourt and Rupert Thomas, for their tremendous support and leadership over the years. The Board has selected Graham Lane, Managing Partner, Central Europe & Eurasia (ERM) to serve as Board Chair. Additionally, WEC is pleased to welcome Zoe Hasemann, Vice President, Global Sustainability at Jacobs, to the Supervisory Board.

  • Zoe Haseman, Vice President, Global Sustainability, Jacobs (UK)

Zoe is Vice President, Global Sustainability with Jacobs and is based in the UK.  Zoe has 20 years’ international experience as a sustainability executive, working across both public, private and start-up sectors, with experience in brand strategy and communications.

Under Zoe’s leadership, Jacobs has had year on year improvements across all its ESG ratings and rankings, including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and CDP.

  • Graham Lane, Managing Partner, Central Europe & Eurasia, ERM (Germany)

Graham Lane is a Managing Partner of ERM Central Europe & Eurasia based in Frankfurt. Graham has strategic and operational responsibilities for Germany, Eurasia, Switzerland, Poland and Romania.

Graham was formerly the Managing Director of ERM Japan and ERM Middle East, during which time he provided sustainability consulting support predominantly to international oil and gas companies, power providers, multinational investors, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers and government agencies, throughout the Western and Central Europe, Asian Pacific region and the Middle East and North Africa.

Graham has more than 25 years of experience in a number of consulting fields including sustainability, EHS, risk management, corporate strategies and capital projects.

  • Lars Murawski, Vice President, EHS & Sustainability, Boehringer Ingelheim (Germany)

Lars is the Corporate Vice-President EHS & Sustainability for Boehringer Ingelheim. He is a process engineer by education, with specialization in wastewater treatment. Lars has held positions of increasing responsibility. Some of which have included: 2014: Corporate Vice-President EHS & Sustainability, 2013: Head of EHS, Projects, and General Services in Vienna, Austria, 2010: Senior Manager for Corporate EHS.

Glenn Prickett, WEC’s President & CEO shared, “WEC is truly delighted to have access to such a well-respected group of leaders to help support our efforts as we work to advance sustainable development.”

About the World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to accelerate sustainability solutions through innovation, thought leadership and public-private collaboration. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive-level learning and competency in applying sustainable development across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.

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Former WEC Board Chair Francisco Suárez Hernández Recognized as one of the 100 Latinos Most Committed to Climate Action

Strengthening the voice of Latinos in the environmental movement

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that Francisco Suárez Hernández, Director Emeritus of WEC, has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Latinos.

Los 100 Latinos’ list, highlights individuals for their commitment in areas such as climate activism, communications, environmental rights, sustainable policies, and corporate impact.

Throughout his career, Francisco has been committed to addressing the challenges of sustainable development, leading the way towards effective solutions.

He was the first Latino to be Chair of WEC’s Board of Directors (2015-2018) and has been part of organizations like Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Consumer Industries for the World Economic Forum (WEF).

As global board chair of WEC, Francisco personally led outreach to leading Mexican businesses and engaged them as new members of the organization, helping to advance climate action and sustainable development through business practices.

“I’ve known Francisco for over a decade, he is one of the most dedicated and energetic executives that I’ve worked with in the global business community on climate, water, and sustainability.” “Congratulations Francisco, on this well-deserved recognition.” Glenn Prickett, President & CEO of the World Environment Center.

WEC Elects New Emeritus Directors

New WEC board appointments continue accelerating global sustainability solutions

As part of an ongoing commitment to expand its thought leadership, diversity and effectiveness as a global sustainability organization, the World Environment Center’s Board of Directors has elected the following individuals as Emeritus Directors:

  • Francisco Suárez Hernández, General Director of AdeS for Latin America

Francisco served as the WEC Board Chair till 2015 – 2018. Francisco Suárez began working at Coca-Cola FEMSA in 2014 as Corporate Affairs Officer. In August 2016 Mr. Suarez was appointed Director of the New Business Projects Office for Coca-Cola FEMSA. Francisco Suárez Hernández joined FEMSA in 1996. Before becoming Sustainability Director of FEMSA in 2011, Mr. Suárez served as the Chief of Staff of the Chairman of the Board and CEO FEMSA. He also held positions in FEMSA’s Packaging Division in the commercial area based in Mexico City and manufacturing plants in Baja California and in other states in Mexico.

He is currently a member of the Board of PLEI (International Student Leadership Program) of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; Global Institute for Sustainability in Arizona State and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature; CIAM (California Institute of Advanced Management) in USA; CESPEDES (Business Council for Sustainable Development-México), Member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Consumer Industries, of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

  • Martin Hostalek, formerly with Merck Group

Martin Hostalek was a member of the WEC Board between 2008 and 2014 he was a member of the Board of WEC. In 2013, he served as Chair of the WEC Europe’s Supervisory Board. Martin retired from Merck Group as the Senior Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety, Security & Quality. Martin received his Master of Science in chemistry (RWTH Aachen) in 1984. After his PhD in chemistry (Organometallic Chemistry) he joint Merck in 1987 as Head of R&D Laboratory for CVD chemicals.

In 1990 he became Group Leader for R&D Electronic Chemicals. In 1992 he was promoted Head of R&D Department for Electronic Chemicals. From 1995 until 1997 he was Head of the Department for Business Development for Electronic Chemicals (R&D and Product Management). In 1998 he became the Head of Laboratory & Reagents production (Vice President). From 2001 until September 2004 he was Managing Director of all companies of the Merck Group in Singapore and Malaysia.

From September 2004 until end of 2005 he was supporting the advocacy activities regarding REACH in the VCI (Association of the Chemical Industry) office in Brussels. Since 2006 he has been designated to the Head of Environment, Health, Safety, Security, Quality of the Merck Group. In addition, he is active in VCI, Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council), Efpia (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations), and BDI (Federation of German Industry).

  • Kelly Semrau, formerly with SC Johnson

Kelly served on the WEC Board from 2016 to 2020. Kelly assumed the role of WEC Board Chair 2019 with over 25 years of experience in sustainability, public and governmental policy, public affairs, and overall corporate social responsibility.  Kelly was Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communications & Sustainability at SC Johnson.  She also served on the Board of Trustees as the Vice Chairman and President of SC Johnson Giving, Inc., on the board of Directors of American Cleaning Institute, and on the Board of Household & Commercial Products Association.  Kelly earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Bradley University.

WEC thanks them for their service and outstanding contributions to WEC. WEC is truly delighted to have access to such a well-respected group of leaders to help support our efforts as we work to advance sustainable development.

About the World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to accelerate sustainability solutions through innovation, thought leadership and public-private collaboration. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive-level learning and competency in applying sustainable development across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.

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WEC Elects New Board Members

New WEC board appointments continue accelerating global sustainability solutions

As part of an ongoing commitment to expand its thought leadership, diversity and effectiveness as a global sustainability organization, the World Environment Center’s Board of Directors has elected three individuals for Board membership. They are:

  • Lauren Hopkins

Managing Principal (San Francisco Office), Beveridge & Diamond (USA)

Lauren’s practice focuses primarily on global product stewardship, responsible sourcing, and corporate sustainability. She advises clients across a range of industry sectors on environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures, responsible sourcing of raw materials including “conflict minerals” and forest products, as well as human rights and labor issues in corporate operations and supply chains.

While attending law school at Vermont Law School, Lauren interned with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. At Yale University, Lauren wrote her master’s project on Kyoto Protocol implementation in Russia and participated in clinical projects with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Protection Agency, Defenders of Wildlife, and Connecticut Farmland Trust.

 

  • Kris Morico

Vice President and Global Client Account Executive | Global Environmental Solutions, Jacobs (USA)

Kris has 35 years of corporate, academic and professional society leadership experience in environmental, health and safety (EHS), enterprise risk mitigation, sustainability and engineering. She has led global EH&S operations for Fortune 100 companies, including GE, Tyco International, United Technologies Corporation – Pratt & Whitney and Asea Brown Boveri – Combustion Engineering, Inc.

Presently, Kris is a member of the Jacobs Global Environmental Solutions executive leadership team focusing on relationship development and management with several new and current Jacobs clients, while also leading initiatives to enhance the company’s focus on industrial water and wastewater services, strategic consulting, enterprise risk assessment/mitigation and corporate sustainability.

Kris earned a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University, and an Executive MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in nine states; a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists; a Certified Safety Professional, Diplomate ; Water Resources Engineer; an ENVISIONTM Sustainability Professional and Certified Class IV Water Treatment Operator in the State of Connecticut. For several years, Kris was a visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and previously served on its alumni board.

  • Donna Venable

Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Deputy General Manager, Shared Services, Ricoh Americas (USA)

Deputy General Manager, Human Resources Division, Ricoh Company, Ltd (JAPAN)

Donna Venable was appointed Deputy General Manager, Human Resources (HR) Division for Ricoh Company, Ltd. on April 1, 2018, becoming integral to the design and implementation of Ricoh’s global HR policies, procedures, and platforms. As Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Ricoh in the Americas, a position she’s held since 2015, Venable leads all HR functions and activities in the U.S. and Canada while also overseeing Ricoh’s Order Management, Process Improvement, and Supply Chain operations as Deputy General Manager of Shared Services, a role she took on in 2017. She is an accomplished professional who has been key to Ricoh’s transformation to a services-led organization and aligning Ricoh’s worldwide HR efforts. She had more than 14 years of HR experience with IKON, and has 26 total years managing HR functions.

Venable is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is engaged in the HR community serving as a board member of the HR Executive Alliance and co-chair of the HR Executive Summit, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Chapters. She has presented at industry speaking engagements focused on leadership and employee development, and has been featured in Chief Learning Officer magazine.

About the World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to accelerate sustainability solutions through innovation, thought leadership and public-private collaboration. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive-level learning and competency in applying sustainable development across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.

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December 5, 2019 3:30 pm 5:00 pm

WEC invites sustainability executives to learn and discuss the results of the new Better World Leadership (BWL) study of company practices for nonprofit board training and matching. The forum on Nonprofit Board Programs to Develop Business Leaders for a Sustainable Future is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 in NYC.

This forum is presented in conjunction with Bloomberg and other leaders in sustainable finance as a member of Sustainable Finance Week, the largest ever convening of events and influencers in this space.

In an interactive format with the audience, panelists will address ways in which companies can advance board service to achieve company goals for leadership development, diversity and inclusion, recruitment and retention, the SDGs, and sustainability. Panelists include Gabriela Burian, Global Director, Sustainable Food Systems, Bayer; Jennifer Cheng, Partner, Global Vice Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions, Reed Smith LLP; Grady Crosby, VP, Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson Controls, and President, Johnson Controls Foundation; Alice Korngold, CEO, Korngold Consulting; Glenn Prickett, Interim CEO, WEC; Perri Richman, VP, Communications, Ingersoll Rand, and President, Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Deirdre White, CEO, PYXERA Global; and Ayo Sanderson Wilson, COO & EVP, Cornerstone Family Programs.

BWL studies have been conducted by Alice Korngold, Korngold Consulting LLC, with the support and participation of American Express, Comcast NBCU, Dow Chemical, HP, Johnson Controls, PIMCO, PwC, Symantec, Target, in addition to IMPACT2030 and PYXERA Global.

Full Press Release here.

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