From Uber to Ford; Detroit and Honolulu see green

Names in the News

From Uber to Ford; Detroit and Honolulu see green

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Clockwise from top left: Sherif Marakby, Ford; Brandy Wilson, J.R. Simplot Company; Bea Perez, Coca-Cola; Joel Howrani Heeres, city of Detroit.

Despite the turbulent times in U.S. environmental policy, there has been no spring slowdown in the number of hires and promotions happening in the world of sustainable business — and, for that matter, sustainable cities.

This month's Names in the News roundup of job news in green business ranges from automotive giants to food titans to two high-profile U.S. cities.

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Who's news

Sherif Marakby, Ford Motor

Fresh off the news of a CEO shakeup at Ford, a boomerang employee who previously left the company for a role at Uber also has returned. Sherif Marakby will oversee Ford's Silicon Valley-based autonomous vehicle research initiative, filling the role left vacant by recently promoted CEO Jim Hackett.

Marakby rejoins Ford after previously putting in 25 years at the company. He quit a job overseeing Uber's global electrical and electronic systems engineering earlier this spring, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports.

Bea Perez, Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola Chief Sustainability Officer Bea Perez has been promoted to chief public affairs, communications and sustainability officer, expanding her scope of work at the Atlanta-based food and beverage giant.

The move comes amid a broader slate of leadership changes at the company, which also included the promotion of the current vice president of research and development, Robert Long, to chief innovation officer.

Joel Howrani Heeres, city of Detroit

The Motor City has found its first sustainability director in Michigan energy and open data veteran Joel Howrani Heeres. In his new role, Heeres will build out the city's new sustainability office and focus on the development of systems for bikesharing, the Michigan Chronicle reports.

Heeres previously served as the city's director of open data and analysis and worked at utility DTE Energy to improve operations with more emphasis on metrics.

On the move

— Food industry giant Mars has hired Lisa Manley, a veteran of Coca-Cola and public relations firms such as Cone Communications, to serve as senior director of sustainability engagement and partnerships.

Brandy Wilson, previously of infrastructure consulting giant CH2M Hill, has joined Idaho-based agribusiness the J.R. Simplot Company as corporate sustainability manager.

— Outdoor apparel company the North Face has hired long-time communications executive Eric Raymond to serve as senior manager of brand and CSR communications.

Joshua W. Stanbro has been named the city of Honolulu's first chief resilience officer.

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