Kathrin Winkler is the former chief sustainability officer of IT storage giant EMC Corporation (now Dell EMC, a division of Dell Technologies).
Kathrin Winkler is the former chief sustainability officer of IT storage giant EMC Corporation (now Dell EMC, a division of Dell Technologies). In her tenure leading EMC’s Office of Sustainability, Kathrin and her team oversaw EMC’s sustainability strategy and its implementation including the setting of corporate goals; institution of corporate-wide hardware and software energy efficiency commitments; stakeholder and employee engagement; materiality assessments and reporting; creation of Leadership and Executive Sustainability Councils; and a variety of initiatives in areas as diverse as security transparency reporting and the use of big data to study phenological impacts of climate change. In her prior role as senior director of Product Management for EMC’s hardware portfolio, Kathrin led the Engineering Green Team, which explored innovative technologies for energy efficiency, and established the Design for Environment program which in the ensuing years redesigned products for end-of-life handing, created new energy efficient features and architectures, and developed substitutions for hazardous substances. Kathrin currently serves on the boards of directors for the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a non-profit advancing energy efficiency; Net Impact, an accelerator for change makers mobilizing new generations to use their careers to drive social and environmental change; and the Green Electronics Council (GEC), a non-profit founded to manage the EPEAT eco-label and drive toward more sustainable information technology. She is an editor-at-large for GreenBiz, writing about her career journey in the ever-changing world of corporate sustainability, and a trained Climate Reality Leader and mentor. Kathrin lives in Seattle with her husband Angus and is learning (slowly) to play the flute.