Washington, DC - World Wildlife Fund announced today that Carter S. Roberts has become president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He succeeds Kathryn S. Fuller, who stepped down after 16 years as WWF's president and CEO on June 30.
"Carter Roberts is a dedicated environmentalist with strong experience running field conservation programs. He brings an exemplary record of achieving meaningful results to preserve endangered places and species," said William K. Reilly, chairman of the WWF Board of Directors. "We look forward to Carter building on Kathryn Fuller's successful decade and a half of leadership at WWF."
"World Wildlife Fund works in over 100 locations worldwide and possesses a wide array of strengths in policy, science and field-based conservation which deliver unparalleled reach and effectiveness," said Roberts. "I am honored to become CEO and expand WWF's track record of delivering results in places like the Amazon, Himalayas and the Sulu Sulawesi Sea."
Roberts has been WWF's chief conservation officer since February 2004. Prior to joining WWF, Roberts spent 15 years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), much of the time focused on the overall strategy and advancing the organization's conservation programs in Latin America and in the United States. Roberts started and ran TNC's field programs in Central America, managing six country programs and several significant conservation partnerships. He joined TNC as the Massachusetts State Director, building collaborative efforts between state and local governments and environmental groups.
In addition to his deep experience in conservation, Roberts brings a strong background in business to his position. Earlier in his career, he led marketing and management teams at Gillette, Procter and Gamble and at Dun and Bradstreet, where he advised companies including RJR/Nabisco and Coca- Cola. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and graduated with honors from Princeton University.
Kathryn Fuller will serve as Chair of the Ford Foundation and will also assume a new position as public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She will remain active as a member of WWF's National Council. "Conservation owes an immense debt to Kathryn Fuller and we're very grateful that, even though she is stepping down, she will not move far from WWF," Reilly added.
The Washington-based World Wildlife Fund is the largest of the national programs of the WWF global conservation network with over 600 employees operating in the United States, Latin America and Asia, and with an annual budget of $150 million.