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11 New Chief Sustainability Officers to Know: September 2023 Recap

October 2, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Multiple companies hired or promoted executives into the chief sustainability officer (CSO) role during September 2023. The CSO appointments happened worldwide at companies across multiple vertical markets -- including aerospace, consumer goods, higher education, investment management, machine industry tools, manufacturing, media, retail, software, specialty chemicals, toys, & more.

Here are the CSO names technology partners need to know:

1. John Abubaker: Villanova University named Father John Abubakar as chief sustainability officer. Of the metrics to note: Villanova's sustainability plan -- which stretches from 2020 to to 2030 -- includes roughly 18 goals, according to The Villanovan, a student-run newspaper. 

2. Chantal Bergeron: Lygos, a developer of sustainable specialty chemicals, named Chantal Bergeron as CSO. She reports to Co-founder and CEO Eric Steen.

3. Maria Blomqvist: Seco Tools, which develops machine industry tools named Head of Sustainability Maria Blomqvist to VP of sustainability and EHS. Blomqvist is now a member of the Seco Management Group. She continues to report to President Stefan Steenstrup.

4. Damien Marchi: Vivendi, the global content, media and communications company, promoted Damien Marchi to executive VP of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

5. Sophia Leonora Mendelsohn: Enterprise software company SAP hired JetBlue and Cognizant veteran Sophia Leonora Mendelsohn as chief sustainability and commercial officer, and co-general manager of SAP Sustainability.

6. Isabel Puig: IKEA Korea has named Isabel Puig as CEO and CSO, effective September 1, 2023.

7. Komi Rajdev: Business conglomerate Kuok Group of Singapore hired Moody's and HSBC veteran Komi Rajdev as general manager, group sustainability.

8. Annette Stube: The Lego Group named Stora Enso veteran Annette Stube as executive vice president and chief sustainability officer (CSO) -- reporting to CEO Niels B Christiansen. Stube will join Lego on January 1, 2024.

9. Nathalie Stubler: Aerospace equipment manufacturer Safran hired Air-France-KLM veteran Nathalie Stubler as chief sustainability officer (CSO) and a member of the group's executive committee. This is a newly created position at company.

10. Dennis van der Putten: Cardano Group named Martine Snoek as group head of sustainability and Dennis van der Putten as chief sustainability officer. Cardano is a privately-owned investment management and advisory business with a focus on risk and sustainability.

11. Miguel Veiga-Pestana: Energy and power generation company Drax has hired Miguel Veiga-Pestana as chief sustainability officer, reporting into Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner.

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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