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Maiju Helin and Laurel Harmon finish their terms at helm of RSB Board


11 July 2023 | Geneva, Switzerland. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has announced a leadership transition within the RSB Board of Directors. Maiju Helin, Chair of the Board, and Laurel Harmon, Vice-Chair of the Board, have stepped down from their positions, having served their full terms, while Adam Klauber and Valentina Vecchio take over the roles, respectively.

Under the stewardship of Maiju Helin and Laurel Harmon, the RSB Board has overseen significant accomplishments and milestones – fostering valuable collaborations, advancing the development of rigorous sustainability standards, and driving the adoption of responsible practices throughout the biocircular economy.

The RSB Board of Directors plays a crucial role in guiding the strategic direction and decision-making processes of the organisation. Comprised of distinguished professionals and experts from various sectors, the Board is committed to RSB’s vision of advancing the just and sustainable transition to a biocircular economy.

The entire RSB secretariat would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Maiju and Laurel for their exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to RSB. They leave a lasting legacy that will continue to inspire progress in the years to come. Thanks to them, we are stronger and more united than ever before,” said Elena Schmidt, RSB Executive Director.

Their leadership in overseeing the incredible growth of RSB’s membership and secretariat, navigating the organisation through international policy complexities, uncertainties and the COVID-19 pandemic, and guiding an ambitious strategy for growing the impact of RSB should be applauded. Their dedication and vision have propelled RSB’s increasing recognition as a global leader in the development of the biocircular economy.

It has been a true pleasure to work with the whole team, especially Elena and her leadership team. They have done exceptional work to professionalise the organisation and bring about change in society. I am grateful too that we’ve had an amazingly committed Board of Directors to support the development and growth of RSB. I want to especially thank our Vice-Chair, Laurel, for the wisdom and experience she has shared. At the same time, the RSB Secretariat has repeatedly surprised the whole Board with extraordinary work,” said Maiju Helin.

It has been a true honour and delight to work with Maiju and our fellow Board members over these last several years on strengthening the RSB’s ability to fulfil its mission. While I will miss the entire RSB team, it will be a pleasure to see its continued growth and development under the leadership of Adam and Valentina,” said Laurel Harmon.

Read here: Adam Klauber and Valentina Vecchio step into leadership of the RSB Board.


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