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10 New Chief Sustainability Officers to Know: August 2023 Recap

September 1, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Multiple companies hired or promoted executives into the chief sustainability officer (CSO) role during August 2023. The CSO appointments happened worldwide at companies across multiple vertical markets -- including aviation, biotechnology, data centers, financial services, real estate & more.

Here are the CSO names technology partners need to know:

1. Jeffrey Ball: CSL, a global biotechnology company, promoted Jeffrey Ball to chief sustainability officer (CSO). Ball is the first executive to hold the CSO position at CSL.

2. Glenn S. Banaguas: Philippine Airlines (PAL) hired climate scientist Glenn S. Banaguas as chief resiliency and sustainability officer.

3. Faisal Falaknaz: Aldar Properties PJSC named Faisal Falaknaz as group chief financial and sustainability officer (GCFSO). Falaknaz had been interim GCFSO since January 2023.

4. Nollaig Forrest: Sustainable building and construction company Holcim promoted Nollaig Forrest to chief sustainability officer (CSO), effective September 1, 2023, according to Holim's LinkedIn page.

5. Jo-Ann Garbutt: Digital Realty Trust Inc., a global data center provider and IT services firm, named Jo-Ann Garbutt as director of sustainability and government engagement.

6. Pranjal Jyoti Goswami: Apparel exporter Gokaldas Exports of India hired Pranjal Jyoti Goswami as chief sustainability officer.

7. Samia Robbins: Montea, a European logistics real estate firm with sustainable warehouse expertise, hired Arup veteran Samia Robbins as chief sustainability officer (CSO).

8. Jenn-Hui Tan: Fidelity International has promoted Jenn-Hui Tan to chief sustainability officer. This is a newly created position at the company.

9. Casper Vroemen: IFF promoted VP Casper Vroemen to succeed Gregory Yep as chief R&D and sustainability officer, effective September 1, 2023. Yep resigned to pursue a new opportunity at another organization.

10. Kevin Welsh: Airlines for America (A4A) has hired Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) veteran Kevin Welsh as VP of environment and chief sustainability officer (CSO).

New Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs): Why Technology Partners Should Care

By 2027, 25% of Global 2000 companies will have assigned a chief sustainability officer (CSO) responsible for meeting their organization’s ESG goals and making ESG-related IT purchasing decisions, according to IDC.

Technology partners need to extend their sales, marketing, engagement and support strategies to successfully fulfill those CSO needs, Sustainable Tech Partner believes.

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