World Environment Center Elects New Board Leadership for 2016

Strengthens Its Role as Premier Global Sustainability Organization
Dec 16, 2015 10:00 AM ET
New WEC Board chairman Francisco Suárez Hernández of Coca-Cola FEMSA

December 16, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The World Environment Center’s (WEC) Board of Directors today announced a new slate of officers and members to lead and strengthen this global non-profit organization for 2016 and beyond. Appointed as the new Chairman is Francisco Suárez Hernández, Corporate Affairs Officer of Coca-Cola FEMSA, based in Mexico City. Mr. Suárez is WEC’s first Chairman from Latin America. He will lead the Board’s efforts to assess and implement a new strategic plan and expand membership development and related initiatives in this and other regions.

“It is an honor and a great responsibility to lead the strategic growth and development of WEC around the globe. Working with current and future members from different fields, countries, and companies is fundamental for our commitment to propose solutions to present and future challenges in the private sector, while simultaneously generating economic, social, and environmental value for our stakeholders,” said Mr. Suárez.

Other appointments made today are:

  • Vice Chair: Linda J. Fisher, Vice President, Safety, Health & Environment and Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont
  • Secretary: C. Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute.

New members appointed for three-year terms are:

  • Sergio Kato, Corporate Vice President, Sustainable Management, Ricoh
  • Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability, SC Johnson
  • Scott Tew, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand.

Members re-appointed for a second three-year term are: 

  • Liz Maw, Chief Executive Officer, Net Impact and Linda J. Fisher.

WEC also wishes to acknowledge the tremendous contributions made by three individuals who have completed their maximum two terms of service:

  • Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer
  • Neil C. Hawkins, Corporate Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Environment, Health & Safety, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

“It’s been an honour to serve as Chair of WEC, an organization committed to helping business integrate sustainability into all that it does,” said outgoing Chair Mike Barry. “The recent COP21 deal will accelerate the shift towards a low carbon economy, and WEC is well positioned to be at the cutting edge of helping companies build the skills, infrastructure and business models to respond to this opportunity.”

Concluded WEC’s President & CEO Terry F. Yosie, “The continuing need to renew strategy and implement focused, value-creating initiatives is increasingly imperative. The direct participation of global company executives and other thought leaders on our Board of Directors and across the membership is a unique asset in maintaining our status as a leadership organization.”

About WEC:  The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and operations in emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of global companies. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics with a specific focus on the preparation of business leaders to implement sustainability; and honors industry excellence through its annual Gold Medal Award. An independent non-profit organization, WEC conducts no advocacy activities.  For more information, please visit