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Carter Roberts to Join World Wildlife Fund

Washington, DC - Carter Roberts will join World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on March 8 as Chief Conservation Officer and COO. In this newly created position, Roberts will work closely with Kathryn Fuller, WWF's President and Chief Executive Officer in providing leadership for all aspects of the organization. Roberts is currently Vice President, Director Strategic Planning and Global Priorities at The Nature Conservancy.

"Carter Roberts has a truly exceptional mix of talents and experience," said Ms. Fuller. "He has broad experience in designing and implementing nature conservation programs, in both the domestic and international arenas. In addition, he comes to this position with extensive business, management, communications, fundraising, and strategic planning skills. In this new role, I am confident that Carter will help bring WWF's ambitious global conservation goals to fruition."

During his tenure at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Roberts held a number of positions that helped shape the vision and set priorities for the organization. In 1997, on special assignment to TNC President John Sawhill, Roberts served as Director of Strategic Planning to the Arlington, Virginia-based conservation organization. The following year, as TNC's Division Vice-President, Central America, he co-authored the current version of Conservation by Design, which articulates the organization's conservation approach. In this position Roberts also managed six country programs and several conservation partnerships spanning Central America. In his early years with TNC, Roberts served as Massachusetts State Director for the organization, building collaborations among state and local governments and environmental groups.

In addition to conservation program and operations management experience, Roberts brings substantial business acumen to WWF. Early in his career, Roberts led marketing and management teams at Gillette, and served as an account executive with Dun & Bradstreet providing strategic recommendations for client companies including RJR/Nabisco, Coca Cola and Procter and Gamble. He holds an M.B.A from Harvard University and an A.B. from Princeton University.

The leading privately supported international conservation organization in the world, World Wildlife Fund has sponsored more than 2,000 projects in 116 countries and has more than 1 million members in the United States. Known by its panda logo, World Wildlife Fund leads international efforts to protect the diversity of life on earth.