Sustainability changes at the top for Target, DuPont, Nestle

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Sustainability changes at the top for Target, DuPont, Nestle

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Clockwise from top left: Krysta Harden, DuPont; Jennifer Silberman, Target; Peter Gleick, The Pacific Institute; Nelson Switzer, Nestle; Joanna Benn, The Nature Conservancy; David Golden, Eastman.

Public sector to private sector; hospitality to retail; legal matters to environmental issues.

This month's Names in the News round up of sustainability career moves is full of interesting transitions.

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Jumping from USDA to DuPont

After six-plus years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Obama administration, Krysta Harden has jumped to a new sustainability role in the private sector.

She's not starting small, either. Harden, who most recently served as deputy secretary of the USDA, earlier this month joined chemical conglomerate DuPont as vice president of public policy and chief sustainability officer.

The move comes amid a planned $120 billion merger with Dow Chemical, which the companies have said ultimately will result in three separate businesses focused on "agriculture, material sciences and specialty products in nutrition and electronics," the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Also in the mix are a number of high-dollar lawsuits accusing DuPont of a range of social, environmental and public health infractions.

Harden brings a range of experience to the new job at DuPont, having previously worked with the American Soybean Association while on staff at lobbying firm Gordley Associates. She has also served on Capitol Hill as staff director for the House Subcommittee on Peanuts and Tobacco, as well as chief of staff for former Congressman Charles Hatcher.

Who's news

Jennifer Silberman, Target

Former Hilton corporate responsibility chief Jennifer Silberman is switching gears with a new leadership role in retail. As of earlier this year, Silberman is Target's new vice president of wellness and sustainability.

David Golden, Eastman

David Golden isn't new to the chemical industry. In fact, he's already Eastman's senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Now, however, he's adding sustainability to his plate with the new responsibility of overseeing executive leadership of the company's efforts around environmental stewardship, design and natural resources, corporate social responsibility and climate change.

Peter Gleick, the Pacific Institute

After founding and leading the water-focused Pacific Institute for nearly 30 years, president Peter Gleick this week announced that he will become the Oakland-based nonprofit's president emeritus and chief scientist as of July 1. The search is on for the organization's next president.

Nelson Switzer, Nestle

As drought and water scarcity climb to the top of global risk lists, Nelson Switzer is stepping into a new role as vice president and chief sustainability officer Nestlé Waters North America. Switzer will focus on everything from water and resource stewardship to enhancing the environmental performance of packaging.

On the move

— From working as a speechwriter for the United Nations Environment Programme to leading the oceans program for Virgin Unite, Joanna Benn has seen sustainability from multiple perspectives. Now, she's the London-based associate director of communications for the Nature Conservancy.

— Wind industry veteran Ditlev Engel has been named CEO of the energy group for Norwegian certification and risk management firm DNV GL.

— Journalist and former Natural Resources Defense Council Editorial Director Scott Dodd has taken over as executive editor of Grist.