The Rainforest Alliance has formally launched its search for a president to succeed Tensie Whelan, who will leave the position after a fruitful 25-year association with the sustainable development non-profit organization, including 15 as its executive director and president. Whelan is leaving to establish a new Center for Sustainable Business at New York University Stern School of Business in January, leaving time for an orderly transition.
The launch of the search was announced by Rainforest Alliance founder and board chair Daniel R. Katz, whom Whelan succeeded in 2000.
“We are confident that we will find a president who will advance the Rainforest Alliance mission to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods as successfully and energetically as has Tensie Whelan,” said Katz. He noted that the organization is about to embark on a new five-year strategic plan, so the timing for new leadership is fortuitous.
“These past 15 years Tensie fostered a period of tremendous growth for the Rainforest Alliance, allowing us to have measurable positive impacts on ecosystems and livelihoods on six continents,” Katz noted. “We are grateful to all she has done for this organization and delighted to know she will continue to promote a global sustainability agenda.”
An executive search committee is being formed. Whelan will remain with the Rainforest Alliance for the next few months to enable a smooth and strategic transition, with input from staff, the board of directors and stakeholders.