DBS and Fujitsu CEOs join expanded WBCSD exco

DBS CEO Piyush Gupta and Fujitsu head Takahito Tokita are among a new expanded executive committee that marks 25 years of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Piyush Gupta and Takahito Tokita
Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Bank, and Takahito Tokita, president and CEO, Fujitsu, are among the new exco members of the WBCSD, which is working to broaden the diversity of experience on its board. Image: DBS and Fujitsu

The head of Singapore’s DBS Bank, Piyush Gupta, and Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu, Takahito Tokita, have been appointed as executive committee members for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

They join new exco members that include the heads of Compass Group, Stora Enso, and DSM to make up a line-up of 23, the largest in WBCSD’s 25-year history. New exco members, announced on Wednesday (14 October) were added to increase the diversity of backgrounds and experience represented in WBCSD, a CEO-led organisation working to accelerate the sustainable development agenda.

Exco members are responsible for supervising the strategy and monitoring the effectiveness of operations, controls and governance. They have a two-year term, starting January 2021.

Peter Bakker, WBCSD’s president and CEO, said the new exco members’ experience would be valuable in helping WBCSD’s members “navigate the Covid-19 crisis and add renewed impetus to our key objective of accelerating the just transition to a sustainable world.”

Outgoing exco members include Tatsuya Tanaka, chairman, Fujitsu Marketing, Tony Townes-Whitley, president, US Regulated Industries, Microsoft, and Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, chairman, ENGIE.

WBCSD is chaired by Sunny Verghese, co-founder and CEO of Olam International, who remains chair until the end of his mandate on 31 December 2021.

Unilever CEO Alan Jope, Banco Santande executive chairman Ana Botín, Keryn James, CEO, ERM, and Ilham Kadri, CEO, Solvay have been appointed as vice chairs.

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