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GRI appoints chief executive

By Steffen Müller

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has appointed Michael Meehan as the organisation's chief executive, effective immediately.

With almost twenty years' experience in the sustainability field, Meehan led sustainability reporting projects for governments and multinational companies around the world, most recently the iVeridis Corporation from 2010 to 2013.

GRI said in a statement that Meehan's appointment came at a crucial point as the sustainability reporting landscape is evolving drastically. To that effect Meehan's main responsibility will be to lead GRI in working with new methodologies such as those on natural capital and around integrated reporting, and to drive GRI's collaboration with global reporting frameworks.

"Michael has a longstanding commitment to the sustainability field with a strong presence in technology and business reporting. It is clear to the GRI board that Michael is the ideal person to lead us forward," GRI chairman Christianna Wood said.

Meehan will succeed outgoing chief executive Ernst Ligteringen who was leading GRI since its establishment as an independent organisation in 2002.

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