South Pole Appoints Sustainability Leader Dr Daniel Klier As New CEO

South Pole Appoints Sustainability Leader Dr Daniel Klier As New CEO - Carbon Herald
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Leading carbon project expert South Pole has just announced the appointment of sustainability industry leader, Dr Daniel Klier, as its new CEO.

Bringing extensive experience in sustainability leadership, Klier steps in from ESG Book, a prominent platform for sustainability data and technology. At the helm as CEO, he steered the company towards remarkable growth and solidified its position as a global leader in the industry.

After being unveiled as incoming CEO Dr Klier said: “South Pole has done a huge amount since 2006 to mobilise global climate action. It pioneered the global carbon market, helped governments to develop flagship environmental and social projects, and enabled businesses to positively address their climate impact. I am honoured to be appointed CEO at an important moment for the group and our planet.

“South Pole must now prepare for the next stage of global climate action. That means enhancing our strategy, ensuring we innovate, and that we meaningfully advance our risk and compliance processes. Trust and transparency will be at the heart of our next chapter, and I look forward to working with the group’s many committed and dedicated employees to achieve that.”

Prior to this Dr Klier held the position of Global Head of Sustainable Finance and Group Head of Strategy at HSBC. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in establishing the bank’s net zero target and its ambitious $1 trillion commitment to supporting the energy transition.

His career began at McKinsey & Company, where he served as a Partner, guiding companies towards improved organizational effectiveness and international expansion.

Now, South Pole’s new CEO  will spearhead the company’s continued development and implementation of its commitment to surpassing industry standards in risk management, integrity, and compliance.

In doing so, he will lead the organization towards its next phase of growth. This strategic move is further bolstered by the recent appointment of Antoine Prédour as Chief Risk Officer.

Relevant: South Pole Announced New Validated Emissions Reduction Targets

Pal Erik Sjatil, Managing Partner and CEO at Lightrock, an investor in South Pole, commented on the new appointment: “Daniel Klier has joined South Pole’s leadership team at a pivotal moment, coinciding with the evolution of the wider sector.”

“As a business advisor, sustainability advocate, and highly-capable strategic leader, Daniel is ideally positioned to drive the company forward and advance its commendable mission to deliver climate impact at scale by transforming climate action into long-term business opportunities for companies, governments, and organizations globally,” Sjatil said.

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