BirdLife head to leave for WWF

The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) today announced the appointment of current Birdlife Chief Executive Dr Marco Lambertini as its Director General.

Dr Lambertini will leave his present role and begin his new role at the global conservation organization WWF International on 1 May 2014.

Yolanda Kakabadse, President of the WWF International Board of Trustees, said: “Dr Lambertini was the outstanding candidate in a broad field of exceptional applicants. On behalf of my colleagues on the WWF International Board of Trustees, it gives me great pleasure to welcome him to WWF.”

With 25-year career in global conservation leadership, Dr Lambertini began his association with WWF as a youth volunteer growing up in his native Italy. His presence for over a decade at BirdLife International has seen him broaden BirdLife’s global reach, relevance and impact as he ascended the career ladder.

Dr Lambertini said: “I am delighted and incredibly excited to serve an organisation like WWF and to help fully realise its immense potential as a catalyst and agent for change for people and nature. WWF’s authority and global reach can deliver what the planet and its people need: real change towards sustainable living across cultures and continents, a truly global vision for a planet where people and nature can thrive in harmony.”

The outgoing Director General, Jim Leape, announced his decision to leave the organisation last year. Starting in July, Jim will be a consulting professor at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment. He said: “It gives me great pride and pleasure to hand over the baton to a conservation leader of such stature and experience. I congratulate Marco on his appointment and I am confident that WWF will reach even greater heights under his leadership.”