Ellis Griffith, ERM CPO


She is tasked with establishing the firm as the leading destination for sustainability consulting talent and creating new opportunities for the 7,500+ workforce.

Sustainability consultancy ERM has made a series of new leadership appointments APAC as well as globally, while also establishing Asia and Australia & New Zealand as the twin strategic growth regions for APAC.

Among the appointments is Ellis Griffith as the new Chief People Officer, tasked with establishing the firm as the leading destination for sustainability consulting talent and creating new opportunities for the company's 7,500+ people. She is also expected to play a leading role in ensuring that ERM's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is embedded across the business.

Most recently, Griffith was at McKinsey & Company as Regional CHRO - EEMA People Lead, and has also tenured with American Cancer Society, The Coca-Cola Company, and the former A.T. Kearney (now known as Kearney).

She continues to be based in the Netherlands.

The announcement comes as ERM is reorganising its regional business in Asia Pacific into Asia and Australia & New Zealand (ANZ). 

With the new structural change, the Asia operations will be helmed by Nat Vanitchyangkul, as Regional CEO for Asia. Liew Wei Chee takes on the role of Business Unit Managing Partner for South and Southeast Asia and reports to Vanitchyangkul. Additionally, Mark Errington, the incumbent Asia Pacific Regional CEO moves to his new role as Chairman and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lead for Asia Pacific.

There are currently over 1,100 employees across 13 offices in its Asia Pacific network. This includes operations in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Vanitchyangkul, Regional CEO for Asia, ERM, said: "Collectively, the Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing regions for ERM, expanding between 20-25% annually. With this new team structure, we are well poised for growth to meet the intensifying need from organisations and governments to engage in sustainability across people, operations, and supply chains to track financial and ESG-related metrics."

ERM has also made a slew of other appointments, including at its global headquarters in London.

On the development, Tom Reichert, ERM Group CEO, said: "Our depth of technical knowledge combined with strategic transformation capabilities sets ERM apart. These new appointments will help us to maximise these strengths, drive innovation and ultimately increase our impact through the services we offer and the opportunities we provide to our people."

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