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Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members, Strengthens Focus on Business Engagement


Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members, Strengthens
Focus on Business Engagement
(New York, 19 April 2012) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed 14 new
members to the Global Compact Board, the UN’s highest-level advisory body involving
business, civil society, labour and employers organizations.
The following individuals were newly appointed to serve a three-year term:
• Mr. Jorge Abrahao, President, Ethos Institute
• Mr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board, BASF SE (Chemical), Germany
Ms. Marilyn Carlson-Nelson, Chairperson, Carlson (Travel & Leisure), United States
of America
• Mr. Robert Collymore, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom Limited (Mobile Telecom),
• Mr. Samuel di Piazza, Vice Chair, Institutional Clients Group, Citi (Finance), United
States of America
• Mr. Andrei Galaev, Chief Executive Officer, Sakhalin Energy (Oil and Gas), Russia
• Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan (Kris), Chairman, Infosys (Information Technology), India
Mr. Elias Masilela, Chief Executive Officer, Public Investment Corporation (Financial
Services), South Africa
• Mr. Arif Masood Naqvi, Vice Chairman, Abraaj Capital Holdings Limited (Finance),
United Arab Emirates
• Mr. Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever (Food and Beverage), United
• Ms. Güler Sabanci, Chairperson, Sabanci Holding (General Industrials), Turkey
• Ms. Martha Tilaar, Chairperson, Martha Tilaar Group (Personal Goods), Indonesia
Mr. Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman and Managing Director, Oil and Natural Gas
Corporation (ONGC) Ltd. (Oil and Gas), India
• Mr. Brent Wilton, Acting Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers
At the same time, the Secretary-General has extended the appointment of the following
Board members.
Mr. Fernando Chico Pardo, President of Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR),
• Mr. Manfred Warda, General Secretary, International Federation of Chemical,
Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions
• Former Board member Mads Ovlisen will continue to serve as a special advisor to the
Global Compact on supply chain sustainability.
The new appointments bring the total number of Board members to 31, representing all
Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members, Strengthens Focus on... regions of the world and a wide range of industry sectors. The increase in the number
members reflects the Board’s expanded mandate to advise the Secretary-General on the
rapidly evolving UN-business partnership agenda. As the UN’s central interface to the
private sector, the Global Compact is currently leading a system-wide effort to build a
portfolio of professional partnership services that willinclude matching, monitoring and
evaluation, as well as acceleration of effective partnerships to reach further scale.
Recommendations for new appointments are made by the Board’s Nominations
Committee, taking into account suggestions from the Global Compact’s local networks and
other stakeholders. Board members serve in their personal capacity.
The first meeting of the reconstituted Global Compact Board will take place on 21 June in
Rio de Janeiro, in connection with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
(Rio+20) and following the Global Compact’s Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum,
which will be held on 15-18 June at the Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
• The Global Compact Board
• Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum
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