OCEAN CONSERVANCY

Ocean Conservancy Names Andreas Merkl as President and CEO

Merkl brings conservation and investment expertise to national nonprofit advocacy organization

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David Willett, Director, Strategic Communications and Marketing
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October 10, 2012

Washington, DC – Long-time environmental strategist Andreas Merkl will become President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy effective February 4, 2013.

Curtis Bohlen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ocean Conservancy, said, “The Board of Directors made a unanimous decision to appoint Andreas Merkl to this important role in conservation. Andreas is a world-class strategic thinker with a lifelong commitment to environmental causes and is recognized as an astute business leader and fundraiser. He is a dynamic and charismatic leader who has built loyal and highly motivated teams throughout his career. Because of his deep expertise in ocean issues and trusted relationships with many of Ocean Conservancy’s partners, Andreas will be able to hit the ground running and will lead this great organization into its fifth and, I’m sure, most successful decade yet.”

Merkl is currently a Principal at California Environmental Associates, a San Francisco-based think tank and consultancy that works on the management of the natural resource commons, ranging from fisheries to freshwater, forests, air and biodiversity, with a particular interest in the intersection of conservation and finance. Merkl leads the firm’s philanthropic services and sustainable investment practice areas where he has worked on high-profile efforts like ClimateWorks and Sea Change Investment Fund. His particular interest has been the deeply connected challenges of ocean ecosystem decline and climate change. He has worked with major foundations, multi-laterals and corporations on developing market-based incentive systems for responsible resource stewardship.

“I am absolutely delighted to join Ocean Conservancy – an organization that has played such a pivotal role in the protection of the ocean in the United States and abroad,” said Merkl. “In the months and years to come, I look forward to working with our talented staff and generous donors to further extend the reach of our programs, and to continue building Ocean Conservancy’s leadership position as the most effective advocate for the ocean.”

Janis Searles Jones, who is currently serving as Interim CEO and Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs, said, “We look forward to Andreas Merkl’s leadership after several close collaborations with him. Andreas has an impressive track record of building durable, creative and high-impact solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing our planet. Andreas shares Ocean Conservancy’s drive to shape the agenda where decisions are made by addressing threats with sound, practical approaches that protect the ocean and improve lives.” Jones will continue to serve as Interim CEO through February 3, 2013.

Earlier in his career, Merkl was a founding member of McKinsey & Company’s Environmental Practice and served as Vice President and co-founder of the CH2M HILL Strategy Group, a leading provider of environmental management consulting services worldwide. He holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard University, a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from University of California at Santa Cruz.  

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

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