The new CEO is about to shake up the industry

JOBS NEWS: Make way for new CEOs, on their way to several big companies and organizations, after major resignations and a few retirements. What’s on the rise though is the pivot to sustainability-focused roles. Hope smart people retrain and educate themselves to be ready for the green revolution.

Managing Director of the Urban Policy Think Tank Committee for Sydney, Gabriel Metcalf, was the big news this week in resignations. He will leave his post at the end of this year to return to the United States. His deputy and director of strategy Ehssan Veiszadeh goes act in the role from next year until a successor is found.

President of the council Michael Rose said that since Mr. Metcalf’s arrival in January 2019, the committee’s research, advocacy and convening program has expanded significantly, increasing its operating budget from $1.6 million to $3.5 million of dollars.

Under Metcalf’s leadership, the think tank developed its first strategic plan, grew its team and expanded its events to 80 a year, including the Sydney Awards and Sydney Summit.

Metcalf is resigning for personal reasons to return to the United States where he served as president and CEO of urban planning organization SPUR for 14 years.

“It’s a bittersweet decision and it’s a decision entirely for personal reasons: it’s time for us to be closer to our family in America,” he told stakeholders on Friday.

“I leave the committee in good hands. We have a truly amazing staff and board.

“When we developed our strategic plan in 2019, we decided to aim for a goal that would express the ambition and potential of the city: to make Sydney the best city in the world. I think we are making progress.

“Sydney is a beautiful miracle. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.

This week the organization joined some of Australia’s largest organizations to place a two-page advertisement in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian to call on the government to invest in electric vehicles.

Arcadis’ Peter Oosterveer will retire next year after more than a decade at the consultancy. Picture: Arcadis

Pierre Oosterveer global engineering consultant Arcadis will retire for personal convenience after six years as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board, in May 2023. He joined in 2011 through the acquisition of EC Harris.

Alan Brookecurrent global chief operating officer, has been appointed in his place.

Oosterveer said, “Alan and I have worked closely together over the past five years, and he has been instrumental in implementing many operational and strategic initiatives that have improved Arcadis’ impact on its customers. , as well as in the creation of a solid financial structure. and extra-financial results.

The rise of the susty-driven role

In September, Arcadis announced three sustainability hires across the world, including Jane Boyle in the UK and Ireland, Michael Bashir in North America, and Kealy Herman in the USA.

They are all highly capable strategic recruits: Boyle joined JLLBashir moved from Deloitte and Herman of Google.

The three new Arcadis recruits in terms of sustainable development. Picture: Arcadis

During the same month, the company also acquired all of the shares of Giftge Consult GmbHEuropean leader in consulting and engineering of energy transition solutions.

The acquisition will allow the company to expand its service offerings and develop its energy transition solutions for its customers worldwide.

Every week, we hear that sustainability jobs are growing in all facets of the business world, with job listings seeking sustainability professionals for newly created positions across all sectors.

From companies doing a good job to being accused of greenwashing, there are now sustainability roles at:

H&M, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Henkeland JLL…the list goes on.

Tech giants are getting on the train with Facebook relative Meta is currently seeking a Sustainability, Climate Resilience and Biodiversity Program Manager in the United States.

Sustainability-focused roles are on the rise among CEOs for the first time ever, placing “environmental sustainability in their top 10 business priorities,” according to the 2022 Gartner Survey of CEOs and senior business executives.

According to the evaluations of EcoVadis Arcadis now ranks in the top 1% of more than 90,000 companies worldwide in terms of overall sustainability performance.

Rowan Griffinsustainability and environment, a social governance (ESG) professional started a new role as executive director of ESG at a financial services company CIQ.

He leaves the position of head of sustainable development in a financial services company Capital HMC after a long-term role at Lendlease.

Unsustainable Jobs News

Greater Sydney Parks (GSP) has a new CEO in French Joshua – who rose from director of strategy, design and delivery to top job in government service NSW.

Managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife ServiceGSP oversees over 6,000 hectares of parkland across Sydney and welcomes over 40 million visits each year.

Mr. French has the experience for the position. He has been to Western Sydney Parks, Transport for New South Wales, Lend-Leaseand Blue Mountains City Council.

Greater Sydney Parklands (GSP) has a new Chief Executive in Joshua French. Image: LinkedIn

The service has also strengthened its board of directors with Kaylie Salvadori – landscape architect, Indigenous design strategist and co-founder of an Indigenous-owned landscape architecture studio COLA Studio; and Sharon Veale – CEO, partner and director of a wealth consulting firm GML heritage.

Rob Stokes made the announcement, stating that the board: “brings together a diverse range of expertise for our parks, including a stronger voice for First Nations people, and experience in community consultation, environmental management and conservation, estate or heritage management, landscape or park management, governance and risk, and financial and property management.

They join the board members Michael Rose of the Committee for Sydney, Doctor Robert Lang of Capacity Options, Siobhan Toohill of Westpac, Ceinwen Kirk-Lennox of Charter Hall Long WALE REIT and Julie Bindonpreviously Acting Commissioner of the Lands and Environment Tribunal of NSW.

Sue Holidaypresident of Hume Community Housing and former professor of urban planning practice at University of New South Wales has been appointed to a new post of non-executive director at Melbourne urban public policy consultants SGS Economics and Planning.

It’s a move that will support the certified B Corp’s future growth as the team expands with several new positions available at its Melbourne practice.

Aureconwhich was recently named one of Australia’s most innovative companies by The Australian Financial Review, for the sixth consecutive year, is investing in its social strategy with Allison Heller starting as Director of Social Value, within the Engagement and Change Consulting team.

She falls on the council in urban planning Urban Ethos where she was director of social strategy.

Simon Benson is the new Head of Real Estate Finance at Dexuspassing Lend-Lease to the real estate group. Architecture and urban planning firm Urbis hired a new Director of Stakeholder Engagement in Calli Brownnext to Diane Knott. Brown previously worked at WSP in Australiaand Western Sydney Parks Trust.

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