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Mark Kenber to take over helm at The Climate Group

30 November 2010
Mark Kenber to take over helm at The Climate Group

LONDON, 30 November 2010: The Climate Group’s Board of Trustees has unanimously agreed that Mark Kenber will take over from Dr Steve Howard as the new CEO of international NGO The Climate Group, effective from 1 January 2011.

Before becoming Deputy CEO, Mark Kenber was The Climate Group’s International Policy Director and has played a pivotal role within the organization for six years. Advising former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mark recently led on the landmark joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock, which produced a series of high-level reports outlining a clear technology and economic roadmap for agreeing a global climate deal.

Mark has been instrumental in developing The Climate Group’s global network and operations in India and China, and directed ground-breaking projects with the international finance, energy, technology and aviation sectors. He is also a carbon markets expert and chaired development of the successful Voluntary Carbon Standard, now the most popular kitemark for the $400 million voluntary market.

Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer for WWF's International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. He has also been Director of Planning at Fundación Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government.

John Coomber, Chair of The Climate Group’s Board of Trustees said: “The Board wishes Steve every success in his new role at IKEA and would like to thank him for his tremendous contribution to The Climate Group as founder and CEO. We are delighted that Mark Kenber will take over as CEO in the New Year. Respected both as an economist and an international voice on climate change policy, Mark is well placed to take The Climate Group forward and grow its global coalition. With offices around the world, The Climate Group is a highly influential organization and a partner of choice for state and city governments and many multinational corporations wanting to lead a clean industrial revolution. As Deputy CEO and former Policy Director, I am confident Mark represents the best choice to take this vital work forward and will ensure a seamless transition.”

Mark Kenber, Deputy CEO of The Climate Group said: “I am thrilled to be taking over the helm from Steve next year. The Climate Group represents a unique public private partnership of some of the world’s biggest companies and most influential governments. Leveraging these relationships and putting the necessary policies and finance in place to transform global markets and accelerate the pace of large-scale industrial change in clean energy and clean technologies is, I believe, the most valuable contribution the voluntary sector can make to cutting global emissions. It will shape the future of our economy and environment for generations. I look forward to continuing to grow our international network, particularly in India and China, and making our clean industrial vision a clean industrial reality.”

Dr Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group said: “It has been an extraordinary privilege to lead The Climate Group these past seven years, and I look forward to my continued involvement through the UK board. I am delighted that Mark will take over as CEO and have every confidence that the organization will go from strength to strength under his leadership, given our great team and global network of partners.”

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