DSS adds George Serafeim and John Richard to board of directors

30 November 2021 Consulting.us 2 min. read
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DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) has added two new US-based members to its board of directors.

George Serafeim and John Richard bring decades of experience in leadership to the 8-strong board, joining Davide Vassallo (CEO), Guy Semmens (Chairman), Vladimir Kral (CFO), Robert Watson, Cedric Perlet, and Srinivasan Ramabhadran in the top executive group.

“I am very pleased to welcome George and John as new members of the Board of Directors,” said Semmens. “Their experience and counsel will play an important role in guiding the strategic direction of DuPont Sustainable Solutions as we continue to diversify offerings and grow across various regions.”

George Serafeim and John Richard - DSS

Established in 2019 following a spin-off from chemical giant DuPont, DuPont Sustainable Solutions has over 1,000 consultants and staff working from 20+ offices worldwide. The firm specializes in three lines of business: operations consulting, health & safety, and environment-focused solutions.

George Serafeim joined DuPont Sustainable Solutions in July 2021 following the firm’s acquisition of KKS Advisors, a global ESG consulting firm. He is regarded one of the world’s foremost thought leaders in ESG, and is the Charles Williams Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

“George’s participation on the Board of Directors will provide us important strategic direction as we develop and deliver integrated transformation solutions to clients seeking to successfully make investment decisions for the long term, taking ESG factors into account,” explained Semmens.

John Richard has been with DuPont for close to three decades. He currently is the general manager of DuPont’s $3 billion safety business, where he oversees four DuPont product lines: Kevlar, Nomex, Tyvek, and Typar.

“John’s position on our Board of Directors will ensure that we continue to be forward thinking in our core client solutions relating to safety and risk management,” said Semmens.

Vassallo added, “The addition of George and John, along with our recent acquisitions of KKS Advisors and Sofies Group, will enable DuPont Sustainable Solutions to bring our unique capabilities to more clients around the globe that are facing new and expanded risks in the areas of safety, operations and the environment.”

Meanwhile, fellow new board member Ramabhadran has been tasked with “guiding the company’s strategic growth in the Asia Pacific region,” said Vassallo.