MSC welcomes new governance body members
Sep 12, 2012
Rupert Howes, MSC chief executive, today welcomed four new non-executive appointments to the MSC.
Leiv Grønnevet, appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2012, began his career as a fisherman and has held a wide range of prominent posts within the fishing industry, policy and marine research, including three years as Undersecretary of State at the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries. He currently serves on the boards of major Norwegian seafood companies, and chairs a strategic forum to promote co-operation and understanding between the seafood and petroleum industries, both key sectors within the Norwegian economy.
Dr Luis Bourillón, appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2012, has already made a significant contribution to the work of the MSC as a member of the Stakeholder Council for over a decade. He is director of the Mesoamerican Reef Programme at Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), one of Mexico’s leading marine conservation NGOs, where he oversees implementation of community-based sustainable fishing projects.
Meghan Jeans, of the New England Aquarium, joins the public interest category of the Stakeholder Council. A global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation, the Aquarium uses innovative exhibits and education programs to encourage audiences worldwide to Live Blue for a better planet.
Dr Victor Restrepo joins the Technical Advisory Board. Dr Restrepo is Chair of the scientific advisory committee for, and board member of, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). He is expert in tuna, large pelagic species and regional fisheries management organisations, all key strategic elements within the global seafood industry.
Rupert Howes said, “As the MSC embarks on the next phase of its evolution with our second integrated strategic plan, we are fortunate to have the continuing support, advice and leadership of such diverse and expert governance bodies. I would like to thank our new appointments for contributing their insights and expertise and ensuring the continuing relevance and rigor of the programme, and I very much look forward to working with them.”
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