International bank and financial services company Standard Chartered announced today that it has appointed Kerry Constabile to lead the company’s net zero and sustainability strategy teams. Constabile joins from Google, where she led the company’s sustainability strategy and company-wide climate plans.

In her new role, Constabile will drive Standard Chartered’s global sustainability strategy and will be responsible for managing key strategic initiatives for the Group, including overseeing net zero target setting, delivery of the bank’s commitments across scope 1, 2, and 3, and its ESG reporting and disclosures. She will report to Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer.

Drew, said:

“As a globally-respected sustainability industry professional with extraordinary expertise across the public and private sectors, Kerry is uniquely positioned to help us achieve our sustainability aspirations. Kerry’s hire reinforces Standard Chartered’s ability to attract best-in-class talent to our franchise and our commitment to sustainability.”

At Google, Kerry led climate-focused initiatives encompassing net zero, carbon market and removal strategies, and incubated the company’s 24/7 Carbon Free Energy Compact. Kerry represented Google parent Alphabet on its $200 million investment in early-stage carbon removal, and in the launch of Frontier, a new advanced market commitment initiative aimed at accelerating the development of carbon removal solutions and technologies.

Prior to joining Google, Kerry served at the UN, managing climate change and energy initiatives in the Secretary-General’s Office, leading the Paris Agreement cities and municipal finance strategies with Climate Special-Envoy Michael Bloomberg’s office, and developing country strategies for the Paris Agreement with UNFCCC and the French government. She advised on initiatives including the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Climate Action 100+, the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) and the Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance.

Currently, she serves on Energy Technical Advisory Committee for the Gold Standard, conducts research on economic incentives for net zero and renewable energy transitions with the Oxford Environmental Change Institute, and has contributed to three IPCC reports.

Constabile, said:

 “I’ve always admired Standard Chartered’s leadership in sustainable finance in emerging markets and its commitment to mobilise US$300 billion by 2030 for green and transition financing. The bank’s unique global footprint put Standard Chartered in a ground-breaking leadership position to accelerate the net zero transition at the speed and scale the world needs. I am thrilled to join this critical work.”

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