2024 Speakers

Virginie Helias

With over 30 years of experience at Procter & Gamble in Brand Management and Innovation, Virginie has a broad experience across multiple categories and global to local brand management expertise across several of P&G multi-billion dollar brands (Pantene, Ariel/Tide, Pampers) with international experience spanning North America and Europe.

Prior to her current position, she was the Western Europe Franchise Leader for Ariel, one of P&G’s largest brands, where she turned Ariel into the leader in Sustainability through the launch of the highly successful “Cool Clean/Turn to 30” campaign and the most sustainable laundry product (Excel Gel). Beyond her brand and innovation expertise, she is also recognized for her visioning, change management and leadership development skills.

In July 2011, she recommended the creation of a new position — Global Sustainability Brand Director, working across all P&G business units and regions. Her mission was to embed sustainability into the innovation, brand-building and everyday business practices at P&G. 

In July 2016, she was promoted to Vice President of Global Sustainability, in recognition of the work she has led to make sustainability a core business strategy, an innovation driver and a catalyst for a more resilient organization. She is the architect of the “Ambition 2030” goals, an industry-leading roadmap that is transforming how P&G integrating sustainability across its supply chain, innovation and brand building. Virginie has received the 2018 Women Leading Award from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and was selected as one of the 25 women shaking up the climate movement in 2020. In 2019, she became the first P&G Chief Sustainability Officer.

Virginie Helias

Chief Sustainability Officer

David Allen

David Allen is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for PepsiCo Foods North America (PFNA), which includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America (QFNA). In this role, he is responsible for helping PFNA execute its sustainability vision of building a more sustainable food system and reducing environmental impact. The company’s pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) sustainability commitments span three key pillars:  Positive Agriculture, Positive Value Chain, and Positive Choices.

David began his career with PepsiCo as an engineer in 1996.  He then spent the next 20 years in various field manufacturing and distribution roles in multiple locations, giving him significant breadth and depth of supply chain experience. Prior to his current role, David served as the Senior Director of Quality and Food Safety for PFNA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.

David Allen

VP, Chief Sustainability Officer

Jennifer Huffstetler

Jen Huffstetler is the Chief Product Sustainability Officer, VP & GM Future Platform Strategy & Sustainability at Intel. In this role she is responsible for driving the integration and execution of the corporate-wide Intel Platform technologies and business strategies to drive future growth and corporate level product strategy and action for Sustainability.

Huffstetler joined Intel in 1996 as a fab process engineer and has spent most of her career applying her extensive technical and business experience to lead strategy, product management, and product marketing efforts for a number of core Intel businesses. Most recently she led Data Center Platform Strategy, responsible for building and executing cross-corporate Cloud to Edge technical and business strategies, incubating new services, and driving Xeon Business Management and Operations. She previously held roles spanning product management for all data center processor products, GPUs and Intel Optane® DIMMs and drove product and segment P&Ls, and mobile products including launching Intel® Centrino Mobile Technology, desktop products, and Intel Server boards, management software, and systems.

Huffstetler holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School in Corporate Entrepreneurship. She is also a certified Executive Leadership Coach from Hudson Institute, Korn-Ferry Interpreter, and Birkman Certified and serves on Intel’s Disability & Accessibility Network leadership council. Jennifer is also a Board Member for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Jennifer Huffstetler

Chief Product Sustainability Officer, VP & GM Future Platform Strategy & Sustainability

Bob Holycross

As Ford’s Vice President, Chief Sustainability, Environment and Safety Officer, Bob Holycross leads a global team responsible for developing and implementing the company’s sustainability strategy and is responsible for its global policies and performance related to the environment, human rights and product safety. He is deeply committed to Ford’s overarching purpose – building a better world where
every person is free to move and pursue their dreams – and is proud to be playing a key role in helping the company reach its ambitious goal to lead the electric vehicle revolution and achieve carbon neutrality across its vehicles, facilities and supply chain by 2050.

Prior to his current role, Bob was Ford’s Director, Sustainability, Homologation and Compliance. In this position, he was responsible for sustainable business plans and policies, environmental regulatory affairs and compliance. This included reporting on the company’s environmental and social performance, and engaging with policymakers, non-government organizations and other stakeholders.

Before that, Bob was vice president of Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he was responsible for ensuring compliance with environmental and safety regulations, as well as the development and implementation of the company’s environment and safety strategy, policy and performance in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Bob began his career at Ford in 1993 as a Ford College Graduate. Since that time, he has also held several engineering and leadership positions related to shaping and reforming regulatory protocols and compliance in support of Ford’s business plans. He has chaired several government and industry committees, testified before federal and state government bodies on environmental and energy matters, and moderated several third-party technical panels through organizations such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the U.S. Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He has also served on the boards of multiple industry trade associations and organizations advocating for renewable energy and clean transportation.

Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan State.

Bob Holycross

VP, Chief Sustainability, Environment, & Safety Officer

Pilar Cruz

As Cargill’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Pilar Cruz is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to drive transformational change in delivering sustainable supply chains for customers around the globe, while making agriculture part of how we deliver on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This aim is core to Cargill’s purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.

Pilar also leads Cargill’s global Communications and Corporate Responsibility functions, which includes advancing partnerships focused on accelerating progress on climate, food security, human rights, and women’s economic empowerment.

Prior to her current role, Pilar served as president and group leader of Cargill’s global aqua nutrition business. Under her leadership, Cargill launched its SeaFurther Sustainability initiative, designed to help the company and the broader seafood industry reduce its carbon footprint.

With over two decades of business and operations experience, Pilar brings a global and diverse perspective to the Executive Team. Her career with Cargill – including leadership positions across the protein and animal nutrition businesses, as well as leading the global Corporate Strategy and Development function – has brought her from the plains of the south central United States, to Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, several European countries and the United Kingdom.

Outside of Cargill, Pilar serves on the Board of Donaldson Company Inc. – a Minneapolis-based public company, and a global leader in engine and industrial air, oil and liquid filtration solutions. Additionally, Pilar was appointed to the World Food Program USA’s Board of Directors, an organization Cargill has been working with for over 20 years. Together, Cargill and WFP USA will continue to work toward sustainable solutions that end hunger and malnutrition, so every family in need has access to safe, nutritious and affordable food.

Originally from Bogotá Colombia, Pilar is the first Latina promoted to Cargill’s executive team. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad de Los Andes and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Pilar Cruz

Chief Sustainability Officer

Brian Moran

Brian Moran is the chief sustainability officer of The Boeing Company and serves as a member of the Boeing Executive Council. Moran is responsible for advancing the company’s approach on aerospace sustainability priorities, stakeholder engagement and integrated reporting. His Executive Council responsibilities include driving shared awareness of sustainability trends, opportunities and risks to guide company decision-making and global impact. Moran reports to both the CEO and the Governance and Public Policy committee of the Board, and is based in Amsterdam. Prior to this role, Moran served as vice president, Global Sustainability Policy & Partnerships for Boeing where he led a global team responsible for informing the global policy landscape and deepening partnerships to advance Boeing’s sustainability objectives. In his more than two decades with Boeing, Moran has held leadership roles in Boeing’s commercial and defense businesses, in communications and in government affairs. Moran holds a dual degree in international business and French from Lindenwood University and a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University’s Olin School of Business. He completed executive programs at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a Brookings Institution legislative fellowship on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Moran speaks English, German and French and he is an alumnus of both the Atlantik-Brücke German-American Young Leaders program as well as the French-American Foundation Young Leaders program.

Brian Moran

Chief Sustainability Officer

Ann Tracy

As Colgate-Palmolive’s Chief Sustainability Officer Ann leads Colgate’s Global Sustainability strategy and key initiatives, integrating a strong technical foundation across people, performance and planet into commercial strategic purpose. Ann holds a BA degree in Applied Science, a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master’s of Engineering degree in Manufacturing Systems. Most recently Ann has completed a Certificate of Sustainability from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Currently she is on the Boards of the UNGC Network USA and FLOW Beverages.

Ann Tracy

Chief Sustainability Officer

Gavin Towler

Gavin Towler is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Scientist, Sustainable Technologies and CSO for Honeywell, with broad technical accountability across Honeywell for driving thought leadership in Sustainable Technologies.

Gavin has 30 years of experience of process and product design in the chemicals and fuels industries and has 77 US patents.  Prior to his current role he served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Honeywell UOP and of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. He is co-author of “Chemical Engineering Design”, a textbook on process design, and is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University and the National University of Singapore, where he helps teach the senior design classes.

Gavin has a B.A. and M.Eng. in chemical engineering from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Fellow of the AIChE and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering.

Gavin Towler

Corporate VP and Chief Scientist, Sustainable Technologies and CSO

Letitia Webster

Letitia is a managing director in the Sustainable Investment Group and chief sustainability officer for the Asset Management Private Markets Division. She serves on the Asset Management Division Sustainability Council. Letitia joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2020. Letitia started and leads the Sustainability platform for the Private Markets division which oversees over $450 billion in AUM. She leads the strategy and impact efforts, supports sourcing, portfolio engagement and sits on the Investment Committee for the Horizon Environment and Climate Fund, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in environmental and climate solutions to support the transition to a more sustainable economy and planet.

Prior to joining the firm, Letitia was chief sustainability officer and partner at Mission Driven Capital Partners (MDCP), a private equity firm that invests in sustainable products and solutions to accelerate corporate sustainability efforts. Prior to MDCP, she served as global vice president of sustainability and head of purpose for the VF Corporation, the Fortune 500 parent company of brands, including The North Face, Timberland and Vans. She created the VF Made for Change Sustainability Strategy and led the effort to create and integrate a first-ever, enterprise-wide purpose.

Earlier in her career, Letitia spent twelve years at The North Face as senior director of marketing, where she focused on strategic marketing, sustainability and outdoor participation. She began her career at Sheep Mountain Alliance, a grassroots citizen organization dedicated to preserving the natural environment in Southwest Colorado.

Letitia serves as a director on the boards of Recover LLC, Metiri, LLC, Impact Nano LLC, and Tres Mesas Wind Farm.

Letitia earned a BA from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Pinchot University.

Letitia Webster

Global Head of Sustainability, Private Markets

Andre Argenton

Andre Argenton is Dow’s chief sustainability officer and vice president of Environment, Health, and Safety (EH&S). He is responsible for corporate EH&S governance and sustainability. Throughout his career, he has worked across the spectrum of chemistries and technologies at Dow supporting a broad range of industries and also covering all facets of innovation from new product development to process research and customer-facing application development.

Andre Argenton

Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of EH&S

Julie Kitcher

Julie Kitcher is Chief Sustainability Officer and Communications at Airbus. In her position, she oversees the Company’s sustainability roadmap, driving Airbus’ contribution to current environmental, societal, regulatory and technological challenges. She also leads Communications company-wide, promoting the Airbus brand internally and externally in support of Airbus’ strategic objectives.

Julie is a member of the Airbus Executive Committee, reporting to the CEO, Guillaume Faury. Since taking on her responsibilities in 2019, Julie led the articulation of Airbus’ purpose: to pioneer sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world. In addition, Julie drove the performance management, internal controls and corporate audit functions as well as the Company’s transformation agenda. Under her leadership, Airbus received approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its near-term greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Julie was appointed Chair of the Airbus Foundation board in 2021. As such, she is actively involved in shaping the Foundation’s work in humanitarian support, environmental action and youth development. She has been appointed member of the board to the Toulouse School of Economics’ Fondation Jean-Jacques Laffont. Julie also sits on the boards of Airbus Helicopters UK and the International Chamber of Commerce France as well as the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council, fostering the development of aerospace technologies, facilities and regulatory framework in the UK.

In her previous position, Julie was the Executive Vice President Communications and Corporate Affairs, also serving as the CEO’s Chief of Staff, prior to which she was Head of Investor Relations and Financial Communication at Airbus. She is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and holds an MSc from ESC Skema (Lille).

Julie Kitcher

Chief Sustainability Officer and Communications

Mary Jane Melendez

Mary Jane Melendez is Chief Sustainability and Global Impact Officer for General Mills.  Mary Jane leads the company’s efforts to build resilience for people, our planet and the business.  She stewards the company’s global impact efforts, working closely with leaders across the organization to develop, coordinate and execute programs to achieve companywide environmental and social targets. Mary Jane is responsible for advancing collaboration and integration across the enterprise to drive change by promoting environmentally and socially responsible practices across the value chain, from farm to fork and beyond.  Mary Jane recently received the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership from the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for her leadership in employing ethical approaches to solve business, community, and planetary challenges. Mary Jane earned both her MBA and bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She currently serves on the board of the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation as well as the Executive Committee of the Conference Board’s Sustainability Council.

Mary Jane Melendez

Chief Sustainability and Global Impact Officer

Lauren Riley

As Chief Sustainability Officer and Managing Director, Global Environmental Affairs at United Airlines, Lauren is responsible for leading United’s environmental sustainability strategy, including progressing its climate commitments, scaling sustainable aviation fuel, evaluating decarbonization technologies, and achieving environmental compliance. This portfolio supports United’s commitment to achieve 100% green by zeroing out carbon emissions by 2050 without relying on traditional carbon offsets, and by 2035, reducing carbon intensity 50% compared to 2019.

Lauren is recognized as Business Insider’s 100 People Transforming Business and 2021 Environment+Energy Leader 100. Focusing on the relationship between innovation and environmental sustainability, Lauren has led a variety of initiatives addressing business and digital transformation, strategic planning, and change management that yield environmental and operational benefit.   Lauren earned her MBA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science from Bucknell University. She is a certified Change Management Advanced Practitioner through Georgetown University and PMP Certified.

Lauren Riley

Chief Sustainability Officer and Managing Director, Global Environmental Affairs

Kevin Butt

Mr. Kevin Butt is the Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability for Toyota’s North American Environmental Sustainability Programs.  He is responsible for the development of Environmental Sustainability Programs and related Regulatory/Legislative development for all of Toyota’s North American operations.

Prior to Mr. Butt’s current assignment, he was the General Manger/Chief Environmental and Safety Officer for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing for all of Toyota’s Manufacturing operations. Prior to that assignment Mr. Butt was the Assistant General Manager of Body Production Engineering for Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc., (TMMNA).  He is responsible for Body Engineering for all Toyota’s North American manufacturing operations.  Body Engineering consists of Welding, Stamping, and Painting Operations.

Mr. Butt serves on several boards including the National Wildlife Habitat Council (Past Chair), Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund National Council, North American Great Plains Advisory Board, Yellowstone Park’s Yellowstone Forever Board (Chairman), National Environmental Education Foundation (Chair) and the Pollinator Partnership Board, Supplier Partnership for the Environment (Chairman).

Mr. Butt has a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from Georgetown College.

Kevin Butt

Sr. Director of Environmental Sustainability

Sheryl Burke

Sheryl Burke is the Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy at CVS Health. Sheryl is responsible for guiding the CVS Health enterprise to success in reaching our ten-year CSR Strategy: Healthy 2030. She is responsible for accelerating CVS Health’s leadership in Sustainability and Social Responsibility practices. Sheryl also serves as President of CVS Health’s Foundation, where she aligns the Foundation’s philanthropic strategies to CVS Health’s strategy of bringing heart to every moment of your health.

Prior to this, Sheryl led Aetna’s Cross-Enterprise Strategic Innovation organization. She was responsible for accelerating CVS Health’s strategy to deliver unmatched access, engagement and connectivity to care through a best-in-class, consumer-centric experience. In this role, she led Aetna’s behavioral health and clinical strategy, products and operations organizations. Additionally, Sheryl led the Enterprise Product Council and Aetna’s work related to COVID-19 vaccine administration.

With more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, Sheryl has dedicated the bulk of her career to Aetna and CVS Health. Because of her results-driven leadership style and strong analytical skills, Sheryl has led multiple businesses within Aetna, as well as multiple acquisitions and divestitures.

Sheryl is passionate about giving back to the community outside her daily responsibilities. She serves on the Hartford Promise Board of Directors, whose mission is to expand the post-secondary educational opportunities for the children of Hartford and, in doing so, transform the lives of Hartford students and the city. Sheryl also served as a member of the Aetna Foundation Board of Directors for seven years and volunteers her time and talents with several Hartford, CT area non-profit organizations, including Arm2Arm and South Congregational Youth in Mission.

Sheryl holds a BA in Economics from Bard College.

Sheryl Burke

Chief Sustainability Officer & SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility

Donna Warton

Donna Warton is the CVP of Microsoft Devices Supply Chain & Sustainability, responsible for managing the end-to-end supply chain for hardware including Surface, Surface Hub, HoloLens, Xbox, Games and Accessories. With double-digit business growth, Donna is leading a digital supply chain transformation to scale operations, drive customer satisfaction and be a showcase for Microsoft. Over the last several years, the device business has become a core part of Microsoft’s strategy to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Donna was VP of Global Operations for Dell where she transformed Dell’s famous configure-to-order supply chain into a segmented supply chain model unleashing improved customer experience and business value.

Before joining Dell, Donna led the Global Supply Chain for Mettler-Toledo International, a precision balance and scale manufacturer for laboratory, retail & industrial markets. She was responsible for Global Procurement, Logistics, Supplier Quality, and Supply Chain Operations.

Prior to Mettler-Toledo, Donna was Corporate Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain for Motorola’s Mobile Device business. During her time at Motorola, she ran the supply chain that launched RAZR, which at the peak was shipping 100 million units a year.

Donna started her career in finance supporting various functions including sales & marketing, engineering, manufacturing, merges & acquisitions, and corporate finance.

Donna has a passion for business and building great teams. In 2019, Microsoft Devices Supply Chain won the talent diversity champion of the year award. 2013, Donna won the Inspiring Leader award at Dell’s company-wide annual leadership meeting. Donna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from Loyola University.

Donna Warton

Corporate VP, Supply Chain & Sustainability

Evan van Hook

D. Evan van Hook is Viridi’s Chief Sustainability Officer.  From 2004 to 2023 Evan was CSO of Honeywell International, leading that Company’s 93% decarbonization of its facilities and operations during that period.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School, and is both a former partner at the law firm Sidley & Austin and Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  He has taught International Environmental Law at Columbia Law School and lectured at the United Nations ITR, and was a credentialed observer at UN FCCC COP 23, COP 24 and COP 28.  He has authored numerous articles on environmental topics, and is the co-author of International Environmental Law: A Case Study Analysis (Routledge 2019).

Evan van Hook

Chief Sustainability Officer

Janelle Meyers

Janelle Meyers has 20+ years of experience enhancing economic, environmental and social performance of global value chains, products and services.

Today, Janelle Meyers is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Kellanova. Prior to joining Kellanova, Janelle was the Chief Sustainability Officer of The Kellogg Company. Prior to that role, Janelle held several roles in Global Procurement, including leading Kellogg’s Global Supplier Relationship Management, Supplier Diversity and Responsible Sourcing programs.

Before joining Kellogg, Janelle spent 11 years with Walmart in Merchandising and the Corporate Sustainability team. And five years in International Finance and Brand Management with General Motors.

Born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. She and her husband, Eric, reside in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and have two children.

 

Janelle Meyers

Chief Sustainability Officer

Page Motes

Page serves as Vice President, Sustainability & Impact for The Hertz Corporation.  Page and her team are responsible for the global environmental and social impact strategy, priorities and key programs. She also chairs the Sustainability Disclosure Committee which drives cross-functional executive oversight related to voluntary and mandatory reporting.

Page also leads the Hertz Electrifies program, a strategic public-private partnership between Hertz and cities across the country aimed at accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, cultivating the automotive technician workforce of the future and creating economic opportunity and environmental benefits across communities.

Prior to this role, Page spent 14 years with a global technology company in leadership roles spanning sustainability, compliance and ethics, preceded by an additional 15 years in sales and consulting.

Page Motes

VP, Sustainability & Impact

Heather Daniels

Heather Daniels is the vice president of Environment, Safety, Health and Sustainability for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She leads the organization responsible for setting policy and developing programs that support the corporation’s commitments to provide a safe and healthful working environment, to operate in a manner that conserves natural resources, and to provide for the long-term stewardship of our environmental, social and financial capital. The integrated organization includes Environment, Safety and Health (ESH), medical services, and sustainability. Heather provides leadership of the governance structures, common processes and tools used to execute sustainability and ESH programs, monitor relevant emerging regulatory and legislative issues, develop initiatives to improve corporate-wide sustainability and ESH performance, and communicate our commitments and performance to internal and external stakeholders.

Heather has over 25 years of experience in developing facility and enterprise risk management and compliance programs, certifications to voluntary international management systems standards, and implementing operating excellence performance improvements.

Heather currently serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for the International Aerospace Environmental Group and represents Lockheed Martin on a number of additional external organizations.

Heather holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in Physics and English.

Heather Daniels

VP Environment, Safety, Health and Sustainability

Jeannie Renne-Malone

Jeannie Renné-Malone leads global sustainability at VF Corporation, overseeing all aspects of VF’s sustainability strategy across its operations and supply chain, as well as sustainability and ESG reporting. Renné-Malone has extensive experience in the development and implementation of sustainability goals and strategies, stakeholder engagement, and tracking and reporting of sustainability/ESG results. At VF, she has led various strategic initiatives, including the development of VF’s Science-Based Targets roadmap and its Green Bond Framework, which resulted in the first green bond issuance in the apparel and footwear industry. Under her leadership, VF has integrated circular design, sustainable materials and innovation across its portfolio of brands from farm to cradle, reducing energy, waste, carbon emissions and water usage, encouraging regenerative farming practices and embedding renewable energy and sustainability priorities across its operations and supply chain. 

 Renné-Malone has an MA in International Finance and Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a BA in Spanish from the University of Washington, and holds several sustainability certifications. She sits on several committees and boards for environmental and industry organizations and is a Red Cross Board Member. She is fluent in Spanish.

Jeannie Renne-Malone

VP Global Sustainability

Ron Voglewede

Ron Voglewede is currently the Group Director of Sustainability at Walmart, Inc. With over 15 years in sustainability across consumer products, he has led the field by delivering world-class strategies that enhance business value. At Walmart, he leads the Sustainable Retail strategic initiatives team covering supplier sustainability including the retailer’s landmark Project Gigaton initiative, zero waste and climate strategies.  An innovator at heart, he is an inventor on 45 patents. Ron prides himself on demonstrating how sustainability can be the unlock for License to Grow and making sustainability attainable for everyone. Prior to Walmart, Ron led Global Sustainability at Whirlpool Corporation, transforming the company’s approach to sustainability. In 2021, Ron was appointed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the Council for Climate Solutions where he helped develop and deliver an economy wide carbon neutral growth plan. Ron holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Ron Voglewede

Group Director, Sustainability

Jayant Kairam

Jayant “Jay” Kairam is a seasoned corporate affairs and public policy leader who has successfully driven innovative, inclusive and high-impact ESG campaigns and programmatic initiatives for some of the largest companies, environmental NGOs and governments across the US.

Jay is Vice President, Society (ESG) for Diageo North America and leads the execution of the industry-leading Society 2030: Spirit of Progress agenda. He is responsible for delivery of corporate targets that promote responsibility, inclusion and diversity, and sustainability and advances trusts with local stakeholders, elected officials and national NGOs and associations. Under Jay’s stewardship, Diageo has accelerated programs in North America to reach millions of consumers with a message “drink better, not more” and to tackle the harms associated with impaired driving. He leads the team that is bringing a hospitality-focused job readiness program, Learning Skills for Life, to thousands of individuals in national markets and is making critical, multi-million-dollar investments in tackling educational equity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions and providing direct charitable giving to communities. Jay helps lead the team that is designing the operational and investment strategy to decarbonize the North American footprint and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. As an expert on ESG issues and politics, he provides counsel and strategic vision to North American and global leadership on how best to position Diageo publicly and mutually advance social and business objectives.

Prior to Diageo, Jay led environmental policy and strategy for Walmart. He oversaw cross-functional teams to design the company’s public policy positions on various environmental challenges like climate change, biodiversity, plastic pollution and designed multi-level engagement strategies with policymakers, trade associations and NGOs. He represented Walmart at the COP26 negotiations, and presented for Members of Congress, the Biden Administration, and numerous State-level lawmakers. During his tenure, Walmart’s status as a climate and environmental policy leader was noted by key investor groups like Climate Action 100, numerous advocacy organizations, and key reputation trackers like Influence Map.

Before moving to the private sector, Jay served in leadership roles in local government and for national environmental nonprofits. He was Director of Programs for the National Association of Counties and helped raise over $10M in major philanthropic support. Jay served as a Senior Advisor and Deputy Commissioner in the Bloomberg Administration, leading major reforms to the city’s privately-owned waste management operations and initiating policies to dramatically address air and noise pollution and accelerate composting. As lead for Environmental Defense Fund’s clean energy campaign in California, he oversaw strategic advocacy at the legislature and utility regulator to advance the state towards a clean energy future.

He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Harvard Kennedy School and is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Jay is an active community member and sits on the board of the Anacostia Watershed Society, a local conservation organization, and Fuse Corps, a national nonprofit working to improve capacity and performance in local government. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and daughter.

Jayant Kairam

VP, Society and ESG

Megan Maltenfort

Megan Maltenfort is the Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at Cardinal Health. In this role, Megan is responsible for building an enterprise ESG strategy for Cardinal Health and executing on that strategy in collaboration with colleagues across the business. Megan chairs Cardinal Health’s internal ESG Governance Committee where she helps to elevate ESG-related risks and opportunities to leadership. In addition, Megan advises the business on how to effectively manage the evolving ESG expectations and requirements of customers, regulators, investors, employees, and the healthcare industry at large.

Additionally, Megan provides subject matter expertise to Cardinal Health’s evolving reporting and disclosure strategy and supports the development of company-wide programs and goals that advance Cardinal Health’s priority ESG focus areas.

Prior to joining Cardinal Health in 2022, Megan served as Director of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Campbell Soup Company where she advised on goal setting, led external reporting, and managed stakeholder engagement and ESG-related governance. Megan also held a leadership position in sustainability at Avantor (formerly VWR), a global distributor of laboratory supplies, and is one of the founding members of Philadelphia’s Sustainability Leadership Forum.

Megan received a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology, and Society from Vassar College.

Megan Maltenfort

VP, ESG

Deanna Jones

Deanna Jones is Executive Vice President of People, Communications & Transformation at Baker Hughes. She joined the company in January 2020.

Before joining Baker Hughes, Jones served as Senior Vice President of HR, Communications, and Administration for Marathon Oil Corporation. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Commercial Officer for Newfield Exploration, and she also served as the head of Human Resources for Schlumberger’s Reservoir Production Group. Between 2006 and 2008, Jones was Vice President, North America for Schlumberger Information Solutions and, in that role, was responsible for leading software, information, and the company’s related infrastructure organization in the U.S. Prior to 2006, she worked in a variety of managerial assignments of increasing responsibility for Schlumberger in Canada and the U.S.

Jones previously served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU). She is currently on the Boards for Communities in Schools of Houston and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calgary, Canada. She has also completed executive business courses in human resources at the University of Michigan and in finance at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Deanna Jones

EVP People, Communications & Transformation, CHRO

Neil Russell

Neil Russell is Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at Sysco. He previously served as Interim Chief Financial Officer and as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Chief Communications Officer. As CAO, he is responsible for Sysco’s overall strategy and portfolio governance. He is also accountable for Sysco’s Communications, Sustainability, Government Relations and Investor Relations functions.

Neil began his Sysco career in 2007 as Vice President, Investor Relations. In 2014, he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at International Paper (Veritiv), where he led the company’s Investor Relations, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Government Relations functions. He rejoined Sysco in 2015 as Vice President, Investor Relations, and while in that role, took on the additional responsibility for Sysco’s Corporate Communications and CSR teams as well as the role of Treasurer. He was later promoted to Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer. He served as Interim CFO from December of 2022 through April of 2023.

Prior to Sysco, Neil held roles in Strategic Planning, Revenue Management and Financial Auditing at America West Airlines, and Investor Relations, Financial Planning & Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Planning at Delta Air Lines.

Neil is Secretary of the Board of Kids’ Meals in Houston, a non-profit that delivers free meals to fight hunger in pre-school aged children. He is also on the Strategic Advisory Board of the March of Dimes and has been a volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement for the past 12 years. He was appointed by the White House Administration to be on the Wilson Center Advisory Board, reporting to Congress, assisting with food security and supply chain complexities around the world.

Neil Russell

Chief Administrative Officer & SVP, Corporate Affairs

Andrey Shuvalov

Andrey Shuvalov was named VP, Energy Transition effective May 1, 2023.

Andrey brings over 17 years of experience at Shell with roles in Upstream & Integrated Gas, Projects & Technology, and Strategy & Portfolio. He has worked in Europe, Asia, and several locations across the US. Andrey brings a broad range of technical and commercial skills along with a passion for driving change, helping to increase decision quality and ensuring key projects advance towards value creation as Shell seeks to profitably decarbonize the energy system.

Andrey holds degrees in Geochemistry, Geoscience, and an MBA from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at The University of Houston.

He and his wife, Yulia, are the proud parents of two young children and the family are all excited to call the Houston area home.

Andrey Shuvalov

VP US Energy Transition

Elizabeth Grove

Elizabeth Grove is Chief Sustainability Officer and President of the Lubrizol Foundation. In this role, Beth is accountable for propelling the company’s broad focus on sustainability, including environmental, social and governance disciplines. This also includes overseeing government affairs and community engagement.

Since joining Lubrizol in 2007, Beth has served in various roles, including Global Director of Sustainability and Compliance for Lubrizol Life Science and as the company’s Chief Litigation Counsel. Beth joined Lubrizol from the Federal Trade Commission, where she was a trial attorney in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Prior to that, Beth was a litigation attorney with Jones Day.

She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Elizabeth Grove

Chief Sustainability Officer

John Dardis

Dr. John Dardis is Senior Vice President for Policy & Sustainability with Glanbia, a global nutrition company. Based in Illinois, John oversees Glanbia’s public policy and sustainability agenda providing strategic leadership across a diverse range of businesses that are part of Glanbia’s growing footprint in the United States. He represents Glanbia on a range of industry organizations including serving as a board member of the US Dairy Export Council.

John previously served as Ireland’s First Secretary for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the Irish Embassy in Washington DC where he managed Irish agri food trade interests including involvement in the TTIP negotiations. John holds an honors degree in agricultural science from University College Dublin, and a Ph.D. in wheat breeding from UCD. He worked at NC State University as a visiting scientist. John is a 4th generation farmer with a farm in County Kildare, Ireland.

John Dardis

SVP, Sustainability

Marie Merle Caekebeke

Marie Merle Caekebeke is Sustainability Executive – Strategic Engagement for Baker Hughes. In her current role, she leads internal and external stakeholder engagement and knowledge management efforts focused on accelerating sustainable progress across the energy industry. Marie is the executive lead of various enterprise-wide initiatives including Baker Hughes’ emission-reduction global program called Carbon Out.

Marie joined Baker Hughes after almost two decades of experience in the energy sector. Most recently, she was the Global Director of ESG performance and engagement at Schlumberger and recognized among 25 Influential Women in Energy in 2021 by Hart Energy. She held various leadership roles at Schlumberger across businesses and functions including in Mergers & Acquisitions, Service Quality, Corporate Communication, and Sustainability.

Marie is on the University of Houston’s Industrial Advisory Board for the Consortium for Energy Corporate Social Responsibility and is the current ESG committee chair of the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. She holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Trinity University, and a business sustainability management certification from the University of Cambridge. Originally French, Marie has an international background and is currently based in Houston. 

Marie Merle Caekebeke

Sustainability Executive - Strategic Engagement

Lindsey Yeung

Lindsey Yeung

Global Vice President of Sustainability

Jill Graftenreed

Jill Graftenreed is Vice President, Sustainability Programs, Risk & Reporting within Global Enterprise Sustainability based in St. Louis.  In this role, Graftenreed partners across the enterprise to drive sustainability strategies, initiatives, and goals to deliver on Boeing’s commitment to advance sustainable global operations. She and her team also lead enterprise sustainability reporting, risk management and disclosure, and engage internal and external stakeholders to understand the changing sustainability regulatory and governance landscape and benchmark best practices. 

Previously, Graftenreed served as Senior Director, Sustainable Operations & Reporting and was part of the creation of the Global Enterprise Sustainability team within Boeing, responsible for leading the program management office and producing Boeing’s first comprehensive sustainability report. Throughout her 20-year career with Boeing, Graftenreed has held positions of increasing responsibility across the Finance, Program Management, Sales and Marketing, Strategy and Sustainability functions. Graftenreed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Marketing from Truman State University and earned her Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jill Graftenreed

VP of Sustainability Programs, Risk & Reporting

Melanie Chow

Melanie is the Vice President of Mission and Sustainability at Danone North America. In her role, Melanie helps to advance Danone’s sustainability goals across Nature, Health, and Communities, as well as the company’s mission to bring health through food to as many people.

Melanie’s primary focus is to lead the company’s Nature roadmap across GHG reduction, regenerative agriculture, packaging circularity, waste reduction, and water in manufacturing/agriculture. This includes an ambitious 2030 1.5 SBTi-validated GHG reduction roadmap and net zero emissions goal by 2050. Melanie is also a board member for Danone Institute North America (DINA) – a non-profit 501c3 foundation center founded by and funded in part by Danone North America. For the past 26 years, DINA has supported initiatives that promote nutrition leadership and sustainable food systems reflecting the interconnectivity of community, health of people and health of planet.

Prior to Danone, Melanie held similar roles at the intersection of business and sustainability at firms such as BCG, Ernst & Young, and the Clinton Foundation.

Melanie Chow

VP of Mission and Sustainability

Henry Fovargue

Henry Fovargue is the VP of Sustainability at Sysco where he is responsible for the company’s global sustainability strategy and company-wide implementation targets/ambitions.

Prior to Sysco, Henry was a Partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the firm’s global leader for Retail Climate & Sustainability. During 9 years at the firm, he led the development of climate & sustainability topics for consumer companies and worked with over 20 of the world’s leading companies across the entire food value chain to further their impact, bringing deep expertise across 35 client projects and transformation programs.

Henry’s topic expertise includes ESG strategy development, sustainable assortment & own brand, decarbonization & Net Zero pathways, plastics & circular economy, regenerative agriculture, environmental justice, risk & resiliency and more.

Henry started his career at Procter & Gamble in the UK before joining BCG and holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge. Beyond Climate & Sustainability, Henry is an electronic music DJ and producer in his personal time.

Henry Fovargue

VP, Sustainability

Riley Nelson

As Head of Sustainability, Riley Nelson leads NASCAR’s environmental sustainability strategy. In April, Nelson was a leading voice when the company announced NASCAR IMPACT, a platform that houses all initiatives related to the community, STEM education, and sustainability. As part of the announcement, NASCAR committed to achieve net zero operating emissions by 2035 and introduced a series of five-year targets including sourcing 100% renewable energy at all owned facilities and tracks, recycling at all tracks and offices, and the introduction of a new sustainable race fuel. Originally from Boston, Nelson received her MBA in Sustainable Innovation from the University of Vermont and MA in sport management from the University of Michigan.

Riley Nelson

Head of Sustainability

Rishi Shah

Rishi Shah

Vice President, Global Sustainability & ESG

Nick Martin

Nick Martin is Vice President, Corporate Social Sustainability at Post Holdings, Inc., a consumer-packaged goods holding company operating in the center-of-the-store, refrigerated, foodservice, food ingredient and convenient, nutrition food categories. Post owns Post Consumer Brands, Michael Foods, Weetabix, Bob Evans Farms, and partnership investments in other businesses. Nick leads social and environmental sustainability efforts, including overseeing enterprise-wide strategy, goal setting, policies, disclosures, and implementation across businesses.

Prior to joining Post Holdings, he was the Sustainability Practice Group and ESG Strategic Advisory Services Leader at Antea Group, a global consulting firm. He brings diverse skills and solid credibility to his role with more than 25 years of ESG and sustainability experience spanning government (Overseas Private Investment Corporation), non-government (Global Environment & Technology Foundation) and consulting to a wide range of industry clients (Antea Group). He also served as Executive Director of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) for many years and as a technical advisor to various industry initiatives such as the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), Science-Based Target Network: Freshwater, and Water Resiliency Accounting Framework (WRAF). Nick lives near Denver, Colorado with his wife and two teenage sons.

Nick Martin

VP, Corporate Sustainability

Andrea Chu

Andrea Chu

Director of Impact and ESG

Artealia Gilliard

Artealia is a change-maker and systems-thinker with 20 years of experience moving the needle on problems like climate change and inequality. Her career has spanned a range of issues affecting transportation and mobility from well-to-wheels, including land-use planning, energy development and permitting, community engagement and environmental policy.

At Ford Motor Company, she helps bring Ford’s purpose to help build a better world to life, working at the intersection of Ford’s environmental and sustainability priorities to create new opportunities for impact through education, policy engagement and partnerships.

She most recently served as Director of Communications and Digital Media at Columbia’s University Center on Global Energy Policy and as part of the leadership team that launched Columbia University’s new Climate School.

Prior to joining the University, Artealia was Director of Communications at the Nathan Cummings Foundation and a senior executive in the Obama Administration where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation Policy at the Department of Transportation and led communications, public engagement, and legislative strategy for the Department’s energy and environment portfolio.

Artealia earned a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She lives in Brooklyn.

Artealia Gilliard

Environmental Leadership & Sustainability

Maury Wolfe

Maury Wolfe is the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Impact for Cox Enterprises, a private, family-held company with a longstanding commitment to communities and the environment.

Wolfe is responsible for leading ESG reporting and strategy along with community and employee-action programs that support Cox’s ambitious goals to empower 34 million people to lead more prosperous lives by 2034 and to support Cox Conserves, the company’s signature sustainability program. She also is responsible for corporate giving, public private partnerships, and community relations. In addition, Wolfe partners with Cox’s operating divisions to lead the company’s national corporate partnerships, focused on fostering diversity, protecting the environment, and empowering communities.

Previously, Wolfe worked for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) where she served as director, global corporate responsibility and drove sustainability across IHG’s 5,000+ hotels. Prior to joining IHG, Maury served as director, policy, and sustainability for Coca-Cola Refreshments and as manager, corporate responsibility, and sustainability for Coca-Cola Enterprises. She began her career with the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC as manager, LEED for retail national accounts.

Maury earned a bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University.  She has previously served the United Way of Greater Atlanta, chairing the Women’s Leadership Breakfast and the Atlanta Beltline through the AB67 committee. Wolfe now sits on Girls Inc. National Project Accelerate Leadership Council and the Captain Planet Foundation Board of Directors.

Maury Wolfe

VP, Corporate Responsibility and Social Impact

Aaron Schreiber-Stainthorp

Aaron Schreiber-Stainthorp is Director of Sustainability at Jackson Family Wines. Aaron focuses on implementing systems that drive transformational change with an emphasis on decarbonization, regenerative farming, renewable energy, water conservation, zero waste and employee engagement. Using a data driven approach to identifying opportunities and guide decision making, Aaron has worked to make sustainability synonymous with innovation and continuous improvement.

Aaron has spent 10 years working in the wine industry, and previously led sustainability efforts at Francis Ford Coppola winery resulting in their 2017 Sustainable Winemaking Leadership Award from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Aaron has an MS in Sustainability Management from the Kogod School of Business at American University, a BS from Northland College and is a former EDF Climate Corps Fellow.

Aaron Schreiber-Stainthorp

Director of Sustainability

Barjouth Aguilar

With more than a decade of experience, Barjouth Aguilar is the Head of the Global Sustainability Program and Foundation Officer at Flex, a diversified global manufacturing partner. Barjouth is responsible for advancing the company’s sustainability strategy with multidisciplinary, global subject matter experts, overseeing the sustainability program to drive reporting and disclosure activities. She also leads non-profit engagements through the Flex Foundation, the company’s non-profit arm.

Joining Flex in 2011, Barjouth heavily shaped Flex’s early reporting journey. Over the years, she collaborated across functions to lead the data collection, standardization, and reporting of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) KPIs, setting the foundation for a sustainability strategy and building a centralized Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility program. Barjouth has significantly contributed to Flex achieving several milestones, including aligning its strategy to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, publishing the company’s first sustainability report, gaining acceptance into the Science Based Targets initiative, and more.

Barjouth continues to facilitate the sustainability strategy, playing an instrumental role in transforming the sustainability function into an integrated, measurable program, spanning multiple facets of the business leading up to Flex launching its 2030 sustainability strategy and goals, the company’s most ambitious to date.

Barjouth Aguilar

Head of Global Sustainability

Laura Devoni

Laura has been with Algoma Steel Inc. for 19 years. She began her management career in Marketing then moving to Trade and Economics, then Government Affairs and Environment, which lead to her current position as Director of Strategy, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability. Laura is currently active with the Decarbonization Leaders Network, the Association of Women in the Metals Industries, the Metal Service Centre Institute, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and currently serves as the Chair of the Climate Committee of the Canadian Steel Producers Association.

Laura Devoni

Director of Corporate Affairs, Strategy and Sustainability

Ted Lague

Ted joined Merchants Fleet in 2021 and oversees environmental, social and governance (ESG) for the company, Merchants Fleet. Ted specializes in corporate strategy, sustainability, philanthropy, and culture. Prior to Merchants Fleet, Ted spent nearly a decade at the Liberty Mutual Group in organizational strategy, risk and special project roles. Ted also founded MONA Environmental, an organization that innovates business solutions to inspire the preservation, conservation, and renewal of Earth’s natural resources. Since joining Merchants Fleet, Ted has built the company’s ESG organization from the ground up, around a culture of “doing well by doing good”. Merchants Fleet is backed by Bain Capital and ADIA and is the fastest growing fleet management company in North America, with a $2.5 billion commitment to clean transportation and 40,000 electric vehicles on reservation.

Ted Lague

Director of ESG

Rebecca Best

Rebecca brings two decades of expertise in shaping corporate sustainability and marketing strategies across construction & design industries. With an extensive track record of leveraging tech innovation to drive climate awareness, she’s passionate about melding CSR, sustainability, and ROI objectives into strategic business decisions. As EVP Sustainability at Material Bank, Rebecca oversees corporate sustainability commitments. She also leads the growth and implementation of sustainability programs and platform features directly impacting workflow tools, enriching value for the design industry.

Rebecca Best

EVP Sustainability

Walter Fluharty

Dr. Walter C. Fluharty is currently Sr. Vice President – Environmental Health and Safety – for Simon Roofing and Sheet Metal Corp and is responsible for safety, health, environmental and sustainability systems at their manufacturing facilities and 68 service centers nationwide.

In a career that spans more than 35 years, Dr. Fluharty has built a reputation developing world class safety cultures in a wide variety of industries.  His experience includes developing the widely used training program, “It Can Happen Here”, which was funded by an OSHA New Directions Grant. He actively participated in the development of several OHSA standards including the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and Cadmium Standards.

Dr. Fluharty was first introduced to Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) while working as a Trainer in the field. While serving in a variety of EHS leadership roles, he went on to successfully integrate user friendly BBS principles into corporate safety systems within manufacturing, refining, pharmaceutical, biotech, distribution and construction industries.

Dr. Fluharty holds an M.S. in Safety Management from Marshall University, Huntington, WV and a Psy.D. from Southern California University for Professional Studies, Santa Ana, CA.  Over his career, he has published numerous HS&E related articles and authored the chapter providing an overview of BBS in the text, “Human Factors Methods for Improving Performance in the Process Industries.”  Dr. Fluharty is a frequent speaker at national and international HS&E professional symposiums.

Walter Fluharty

SVP – Environmental Health and Safety

Ghada Ahmed

Ghada Ahmed is the founder of Insurgent Business Analytics and is a senior fellow at Duke University. Her work focuses on transformative initiatives that uncover the intricate connections between businesses, policies, and communities, and their far-reaching impacts on economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Previously, she served as the lead socio-economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Bank focusing on sustainable economic development strategies. Additionally, as a senior researcher at Duke University, she pioneered frameworks on clean technology, food, and energy security. She is a recognized author with over 30 reports, book chapters, articles, and journal publications. Notably, she led the development of Google’s groundbreaking impact studies, which explore the wide-ranging effects of data centers on society, the economy, and the environment. Ms. Ahmed holds a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.

Ghada Ahmed

Research and Impact Thought Lead

Mandi McReynolds

Mandi McReynolds

VP ESG

Hans Royal

As a Senior Director of Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory (RECA), Hans leads Schneider Electric’s RECA Client Development team, specializing in strategic renewable energy advisory for Fortune 500 clients. His team works with large corporate and industrial companies focused on renewable energy strategy, offsite PPAs, supply chain/scope 3 renewables acceleration, and renewable energy investments.

Hans is a subject matter expert in utility-scale PPAs, project development and finance, risk management, supply chain renewables, and corporate energy strategy. He has helped lead Schneider Electric’s commercial efforts to become the dominant, market-leading advisor in the corporate PPA market, with hundreds individual PPA transactions resulting in over 15,000 MW of new wind and solar being installed globally. Hans and his team have been leading the charge to introduce long-term renewable opportunities to clients and to get them engaged to make an impact. Hans has designed and led multiple significant industry innovations, including Schneider Electric’s ground-breaking Supply Chain Renewables programs (highlighted by the Walmart PPA Program, the pharmaceutical industry-wide program Energize, PepsiCo+ REnew, among others), as well as supporting large corporations in becoming tax equity investors.

Hans brings more than 14 years experience in the renewable energy industry, holding various leadership positions focused on business development, renewable energy project finance, and corporate renewables strategy. He helped grow Renewable Choice’s PPA advisory group from its infancy through the acquisition by Schneider Electric and now to the world’s leading corporate PPA advisor. He frequently speaks at renewables industry events, including Smart Energy Decisions, Greenbiz, Verge, Clean Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), Infocast, AWEA and others.

Hans Royal

Senior Director of Renewable Energy and Carbon Advisory (RECA)

Amanda Petzinger

Amanda Petzinger is VP, Sustainability, Stewardship, Supply Chain, & ESG Solutions at Benchmark Gensuite leading the company’s ESG & Sustainability Practice. In this role, Amanda and her team ensure the continual evolution of Benchmark Gensuite’s Sustainability & ESG solutions in alignment with subscriber, market, and regulatory needs; provide best practice insights and thought leadership in the Sustainability and ESG space; and manage Benchmark Gensuite’s internal Sustainability and ESG programs and initiatives.

Amanda Petzinger

VP, Sustainability, Stewardship, Supply Chain & ESG Solutions

Philippine de T’Serclaes

Philippine de T’Serclaes is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of Dassault Systèmes, a software company that serves over 300,000 companies worldwide to create collaborative virtual worlds where they can imagine, test and perfect sustainable innovations. As CSO, Philippine leads the company’s strategy for sustainable operations, as well as strategic customer engagement for Sustainability. She also drives the company’s objective of achieving two-thirds of its new revenues from sustainable solutions by 2027. The company’s wide range of software categories, leveraged collectively on its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, enable its customers to create scientifically accurate virtual worlds capable of “harmonizing product, nature and life.” As such, she leads the development and deployment of the company’s portfolio for sustainable business solutions.

de T’Serclaes has more than 20 years of international business experience. She began her career in finance with Rothschild, J.P. Morgan and the OECD/International Energy Agency, where she was Senior Financial Advisor – Energy Efficiency and Environment Division. She spent close to a decade at Schneider Electric where she held various strategy and customer positions. Most recently, she was Senior Executive & Global Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. During this time, she initiated and ran solutions and platforms for strategic customers as well as digital, institutional, financial and academic partners at a global level.

de T’Serclaes has a PhD in Economics, a MSc in Law & Finance from the London School of Economics; and a BA from McGill University. She is a prolific author and speaker featured at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Al Gore’s Advisors Summit, the Asia Clean Energy Forum and Sustainable Energy Week.

Philippine de T’Serclaes

Chief Sustainability Officer

Abby O’Reilly

Abby believes in the imperative for business to drive sustainable and equitable outcomes. As a leader in Deloitte’s Sustainability Strategy and Transformation practice, she partners with executives to drive this change. For over a decade, she has supported clients through developing, implementing, and measuring strategies that enable greater environmental, social, and economic impact. Her work in technology and media, as well as across industries, allows her to blend industry experience with sustainable innovation broadly.

Abby frequently speaks on sustainability, bringing together organizations and individuals to catalyze progress, including the Deloitte Chief Sustainability Officer network. She’s an alum of the University of Virginia, UC Berkeley and the Center for Responsible Business, and the Aspen Institute.

Abby O’Reilly

Purpose and ESG Strategy

Florent Bouguin

Florent Bouguin is the Chief Technology Officer at OPTEL Group. Florent is a research and development executive with substantive experience in developing new technologies and business solutions that measure and reduce human impacts on our global environment. After graduating from Polytechnique (Orleans, France) and completing graduate studies at Laval University (Quebec, Canada), Florent worked as a System Engineer for ABB in the space industry. Holding several technical and management roles over the course of 15 years, he contributed to developing spaceborne analysers for greenhouse gas observation, weather forecast prediction and ozone measurement. He joined OPTEL group, a BCorp certified organization, in 2016 as Vice President of Engineering and Operations, where he has been participating in the expansion of the business in the life science industry. Currently the Chief Technology Officer, Florent drives the technology and go-to-market strategy of OPTEL group, whose corporate vision is a connected world providing full transparency and optimized performance, encouraging social and environmental responsibility and accountability while earning the trust of consumers. As a member of the Executive Committee, Florent collaborates with the president and Executive Committee to define the vision and set corporate strategy, goals and policies. Father of two kids and ultramarathoner, Florent’s motivation is promoting the balance between family life, active life and professional life.

Florent Bouguin

VP, Chief Technology Officer

Philip Smith

Philip Smith is the Global Head of Cognizant’s Sustainable Business Transformation Practice.  He has over 25 years of experience in international leadership roles in large blue-chip technology, consultancy, and boutique sustainability advisory firms.  He has extensive experience working in international markets in IT services and consulting, and he specializes in sustainability advisory services.

Philip Smith

Global Head, Sustainability Consulting

Rachael Nutter

Rachael has been at the forefront of the transition to a sustainable, net zero carbon economy for 15 years, in senior commercial and governance roles in international private and public sector organizations. At Climate Impact Partners, Rachael is responsible for originating, designing, and delivering high-integrity carbon projects across all technology types, from nature-based solutions to household and community energy efficiency and clean water. Prior to Climate Impact Partners, Rachael was part of Shell’s NBS team focused on project development partnerships. Earlier, she led a solar business development team at Shell and supported Shell’s New Energies strategy development. Rachael also spent several years at the Carbon Trust in low-carbon technology commercialization and venture capital.

Rachael Nutter

Global Director of Project Development

Alanna Fishman

Alanna Fishman is a Managing Director within FTI Consulting’s Global ESG & Sustainability Advisory Practice and is based in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Fishman advises clients on the evolution of their ESG strategies and tailoring solutions to the unique needs of their organizations. She also provides guidance and leadership around internal and external stakeholder engagement priorities and change management best practices. She has significant experience advising Boards of Directors and leadership teams on ESG strategy, implementation, engagement and communications. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Fishman was a Vice President at Cornerstone Government Affairs, where she led the firm’s ESG practice.

Alanna Fishman

Managing Director - Global ESG & Sustainability Advisory

Rick Fraumann

Rick Fraumann has 15+ years of experience leading innovative sustainability efforts for Fortune 100 companies, large school districts, college and professional stadiums, premier events and communities. Creating new approaches and processes, he drives innovation leading to lasting cultural change from the C suite to the street. Challenging clients to go deeper Rick develops creative programs ensuring sustainability efforts are truly sustainable by evaluating the effect on the triple bottom line; the people, the planet, and profitability.

Rick is the producer of Corporate Sustainability insights, a video series educating sustainability professionals about ways to advance their sustainability efforts.

Rick is a certified TRUE Advisor.

Rick has over 30 years of hands of experience in the environmental industry and approaches opportunities to help organizations from a hands on approach rather than an academic perspective.

Rick Fraumann

Sr. Consultant

Nicole Peerless

Nicole Peerless is Head of Business Engagement at Pulsora, managing all aspects of business engagement for prospective and existing clients, partnerships, and marketing.

Nicole joined Pulsora’s leadership team with over fifteen years experience in the investment industry, both in private equity and leading the Investors Industry at the World Economic Forum. While at WEF, she spearheaded the ESG in private markets activities and led a global team overseeing the Forum’s community of asset owners and fund managers.

Nicole holds an MBA from the International School of Management in Paris and a BA from Concordia University in Montreal.

Nicole Peerless

Head of Business Engagement

Lisa Grice

Lisa is globally known for engaging CEOs and senior teams to drive game-changing sustainability performance that delivers brand equity, operational efficiency, and stakeholder value. Lisa has over 30 years’ experience pioneering leading edge solutions that combine both sustainability and business value for global corporations. Her work in Circular Economy, nominated for a 2017 Responsible Business Innovation award, includes developing a pioneering strategy for Merck KGaA’s Life Sciences business to credibly and cost-effectively position for entry into the multi-billion-dollar green chemicals market.

Lisa Grice

Executive Director

Vadim Ovchinnikov

Vadim brings over 20 years of experience in renewable energy project development and financing of solar, wind and conventional power generation assets.  Prior to Actualize Solar, he was a managing director at Alfa Energy Advisors for 12 years, where he ran the project finance advisory practice assisting developers, public utilities, and capital providers in the development, financing, purchase and sale, and restructuring of over 20 GW of solar, wind, fuel cell, gas, hydro, and geothermal projects. Vadim possesses in-depth understanding of solar and wind energy sectors and has been quoted by leading industry publications.

Vadim Ovchinnikov

Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey Berger

Jeff Berger is a Senior Director based in NY who leads LRQA Sustainability’s Consulting team across the Americas.

Jeff has extensive experience advising Fortune 500 companies, investors, governments, and foundations on ESG & sustainability challenges. He has developed sustainability strategies for leading companies working in retail, financial services, tech, mining, among other sectors. He has also supported private equity firms on due diligences, including in the infrastructure and technology sectors.

Prior to joining LRQA, Jeff was an Associate Partner at Dalberg Advisors, a strategy consulting firm focused on social & environmental sustainability. Previously, Jeff was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.

Jeff holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. He also has a certificate in Corporate Sustainability from NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business.

Jeffrey Berger

Senior Director, Sustainability Consulting

Bob White

Bob is a results-driven executive with over 30 years of experience across multiple technologies in the power sector. Prior to Actualize Solar, Bob spent a significant part of his career at AES Corporation (Fortune 500 power company), while focusing on the development of renewable energy and battery storage projects totaling over 15 GW.  Bob has significant experience in all aspects of development, including land acquisition, permitting, resource assessment, interconnection, PPA negotiation, equipment procurement, EPC/BOP negotiation, construction management, and financing. Throughout his career, he managed numerous development teams and projects in PJM, ERCOT, NEISO, NYISO, SERC, SPP, CAISO and MISO.

Bob White

Chief Development Officer

Amanda Zalk

Amanda has driven sustainable behavior changes since her earliest days. With a background in carbon-emission mitigation policy and international relations, Amanda is passionate about harnessing the power of global business for positive change. Now at EcoVadis, Amanda partners with the world’s largest Financial and Legal Services organizations to leverage sustainability as a performance and value driver for procurement as well as other key business functions. Alongside her role, Amanda is an avid skier, loves lilac, and lives in NYC.

Amanda Zalk

Senior Strategic Account Executives

Jon England

Jon is passionate about solving environmental challenges while improving the living conditions of people around the world. With his work at EcoVadis, Jon focuses on helping high-tech and communications companies innovate their supply chains to achieve their sustainability objectives, meet their customer needs, and comply with global regulations.

Jon England

Principal Accounts

Stephen Gill

Stephen is the Co-Founder of Terra and a driving force behind our purpose, mission and vision. Stephen is passionate about influencing business so that economic growth occurs alongside environmental stewardship. Stephen has overseen all decarbonization-related investments at a leading private equity firm, Pala Investments.

Stephen Gill

Co-Founder

Erica Vertefeuille

Erica is the Co-Founder of Terra and passionate about finding innovative ways to bridge long-term, positive investment outcomes with sustainability goals. Erica has led multiple energy transition-related and niche commodity investments at a leading private equity firm, Pala Investments, and was instrumental in the origination, design and implementation of its carbon markets investment strategy.

Erica Vertefeuille

Co-Founder

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