From Starbucks to Microsoft, trading Yahoo for Amazon

Names in the News

From Starbucks to Microsoft, trading Yahoo for Amazon

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Clockwise from top left: Christina Page, Amazon; Segolene Royal, United Nations; Dave Bartlett, GE Current; Sharon Basel, General Motors; Jim Hanna, Microsoft.

Several familiar faces in sustainable business are starting the new year with new gigs.

This edition of Names in the News, a monthly roundup of career moves related to all things sustainability, spans the gamut from high tech to energy, automotive and climate policy.

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Who's news

Jim Hanna, Microsoft

Former Starbucks Director of Environmental Impact Jim Hanna is taking on a new role with another well-known Seattle area company, Microsoft, as director of data center sustainability.

Chris Page, Amazon

It's a jump from one tech giant to another for Chris Page, former Yahoo global director of energy and sustainability strategy, who has joined Amazon's growing sustainability team as director of energy and environment. 

Segolene Royal

The Paris climate talks are over, but a familiar French figure has taken the helm of U.N. climate negotiations in the run up to COP 22 in Morocco later this year. French Environment Minister Segolene Royal will be tasked with overseeing ratification of the Paris Climate agreement following the resignation of Laurent Fabius.

Dave Bartlett, GE Current

An alumn of General Electric's aviation division and IBM, Dave Bartlett is taking on a new role as chief technology officer of GE energy spinoff Current.

Sharon Basel, GM

Sharon Basel, formerly of General Motors communications division, has moved to the automaker's public policy group as senior manager of sustainability.

On the move

- Former Rainforest Alliance President Tensie Whelan will serve as the head of the newly-created Center for Sustainable Business at New York University's Stern School of Business.

- Nancy Gillis, a former executive at Ernst & Young and the U.S. General Services Administration, has been named CEO of the nonprofit industry sustainability group the Green Electronics Council.

Outgoing U.S. Green Business Council CEO Rick Fedrizzi has joined the board of directors of Global Green USA — the American affiliate of Green Cross International, which was the brainchild of former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.

- Real estate services firm Time Equities Inc. has hired Maya Camou as director of sustainability.