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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation today announced Andrew Morlet as its new Chief Executive Officer. After five years of working with Ellen MacArthur and the Board of Trustees to create, launch and develop the charity, Jamie Butterworth will be stepping down as the CEO in order to set up a new venture that is complementary to the Foundation’s work in accelerating the transition to a circular economy. Jamie said:
Andrew is the ideal person to be leading the Foundation in the next stage of its growth, having been instrumental in driving our business programmes to date and given his excellent track record in the world of business innovation.
Dame Ellen MacArthur, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: "I have worked closely with Andrew since he joined the Foundation as our Business Lead eighteen months ago. During this time he has created and driven a really strong framework of activities and relationships that are now pushing the circular economy to the forefront of business agendas worldwide, and I am delighted that he has agreed to become our new CEO.
At the same time, I cannot overstate Jamie’s role in shaping the Foundation and in successfully delivering on its mission and vision until now. He has done an amazing job and I am grateful that his new venture will be strongly linked to the circular economy."
Before joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Andrew Morlet was a Managing Director of Accenture and was also previously a partner of McKinsey & Co. As such, he brings 25 years global experience in consulting as well as large-scale programme and project design and delivery. Andrew said:
I am honoured to have been appointed CEO by the Board of Trustees and I am looking forward to maintaining the speed and quality of achievement that has been evident under Jamie’s leadership over the past four years. Jamie leaves a great team and a clear framework for driving the circular economy forward.
Jamie Butterworth will remain with the Foundation until November 2014 to ensure a smooth transition and to lead the delivery of a number of key strategic projects. Further information about his new venture will be available later in the year.