C2ES President Eileen Claussen Announces Plans to Step Aside

C2ES President Eileen Claussen Announces Plans to Step Aside 
Nonprofit Group Launches Search for a Successor 
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 10/08/13 --  Eileen Claussen
announced today that she plans to step aside as President of the
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the nonprofit group
she founded and has led for 15 years. Claussen, who plans to devote
more time to family while pursuing new endeavors, will continue as
President of C2ES during the search for her successor. Under
Claussen's leadership, C2ES (formerly the Pew Center on Global
Climate Change) has become widely recognized in the United States and
internationally as a leading independent voice for practical policy
and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate
change. C2ES's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) is
the largest U.S.-based group of corporations supporting mandatory
policy to address climate change. 
"We accepted Eileen's resignation reluctantly, and we and all of
C2ES's supporters and partners are deeply indebted to Eileen for her
many years at the helm," said C2ES Board Chair Theodore Roosevelt IV,
a Managing Director at Barclays and Chairman of its Cleantech
Initiative. "During Eileen's tenure, C2ES has become a recognized
leader in promoting strong policy and action to address the twin
challenges of energy and climate change and has served as a vital
catalyst in bringing together business, environmental groups,
policymakers and others around practical solutions. We're grateful
that Eileen has agreed to stay on until her successor is on board to
ensure a smooth transition, and are confident that the strong
foundation she built will carry C2ES well into the future." 
Claussen, who held several senior posts during more than 20 years of
government service before launching the Center, plans to remain
actively involved with C2ES. 
"I've had a very rewarding career, both at senior levels of
government and leading our extraordinary team at C2ES," said
Claussen. "I'm especially grateful to my staff, my board and our many
partners in the private and nonprofit sectors. But after 15 years as
President, I feel it's time to step aside. I'll be pursuing new
endeavors, such as teaching and consulting. And, after working so
many years to ensure a healthy environment for our children and
grandchildren, I'm really looking forward to spending more time with
my own." 
The C2ES Board of Directors has formed a Search Committee, chaired by
Ann Klee, Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety at GE, with
the aim of naming a new President in the first quarter of 2014. The
Search Committee has retained Korn/Ferry International to manage the
search process. Interested candidates should contact Lorraine Lavet,
Korn/Ferry's sector leader, National Association Specialty Practice,
at 703-761-7020 for more information. 
C2ES's successes during Claussen's tenure include: 

--  Growing the Business Environmental Leadership Council to 34 leading
    companies, most in the Fortune 500, with 3.5 million employees and $2
    trillion in combined revenues.
--  Consistently being named among the top five environmental think tanks
    in the world by the University of Pennsylvania's Global Go-To Think
    Tank Index.
--  Convening multi-stakeholder initiatives to strengthen international
    climate efforts and to promote plug-in electric vehicles, carbon
    capture and storage, and expanded use of natural gas to reduce
    greenhouse gas emissions.
--  Advising the state of California, the Regional Greenhouse Gas
    Initiative and other state and regional climate change efforts.
--  Being honored by the Clinton Global Initiative for the success of its
    "Make an Impact" program in empowering individuals to save energy.

Claussen began her career with positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Boise
Cascade and the U.S. Department of Defense. From 1987 to 1993, she
was Director of the Office of Atmospheric Programs for the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she led efforts to
protect the ozone layer and managed EPA's energy efficiency programs,
including creation of the popular Energy Star program. Claussen was
instrumental in negotiating and implementing the Montreal Protocol, a
treaty curbing the production of ozone-depleting CFCs. 
From 1993 to 1996, Claussen served as a Special Assistant to the
President and Senior Director for Global Environmental Affairs at the
National Security Council. She went on to serve as Assistant
Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and
Scientific Affairs, where she led U.S. diplomacy on issues such as
global warming, biodiversity, forest management, oceans,
desertification and trade and the environment. 
Claussen has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors,
including the Fitzhugh Green Award for Outstanding Contributions to
International Environmental Protection and the Meritorious Executive
Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment. She is the recipient of
the Department of State's Career Achievement Award and the
Distinguished Executive Award for Sustained Extraordinary
Accomplishment. She also served as the Timothy Atkeson Scholar in
Residence at Yale University. 
About C2ES: The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an
independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting strong
policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and
climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to
the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Learn more at www.c2es.org. 
Media: Please direct interview and photograph requests to Susan E. Jacobsen 
Susan E. Jacobsen
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