The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) CEO Terri Wills, who is currently on maternity leave, will step down from her role in July 2019 to focus on her young family.
Terri started as CEO in 2015 and implemented a new strategy including the launch of the Advancing Net Zero project. Her enthusiasm, energy and persistence made WorldGBC a key member of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction at the inaugural Buildings Day at COP 21 in Paris in 2015.
In the last few years, WorldGBC and its member GBCs have grown in size, stature and clout – all based on the strong foundation laid by committed volunteers, staff, Board members, and member institutions and individuals around the world since the movement began over 25 years ago.
In a personal message to all of the green building movement, Terri Wills, outgoing CEO, World Green Building Council said: “It is especially hard to leave at this time, knowing that our mission has become ever more urgent as we now face climate emergency. I still believe so strongly that the global-local model of WorldGBC and its member GBCs is the right and only way to achieve common goals while implementing practically on the ground. Yet while these are the reasons, I believe so much in WorldGBC, they also play a part in my decision to step down.”
Therefore, the Board of Directors has appointed current interim CEO Cristina Gamboa as CEO of WorldGBC. Cristina will continue to lead the delivery of the current strategic plan as well as define and implement the future strategy.
Lisa Bate, Chair of the Board of Directors, World Green Building Council said: “Please join us in thanking Cristina for accepting our offer so we can continue benefitting from her immense talent and capacity for promoting teamwork and collaboration across our staff, members, partners, sponsors and Board located across the world, encouraging using the best skills of everyone to achieve common goals more effectively.”
Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council said: “I am very much looking forward, together with our member Green Building Councils, partners and funders, to advancing the agenda of sustainability and health in the built environment to a global community demanding significant and measurable results.”
To ensure a smooth transition, Terri will stay involved in the coming months to support Cristina and the team in an advisory capacity.