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Teneo appoints Asia-Pacific ESG advisory lead
Mark Watson has 25 years' sustainability experience, strategic counselling specialization
The Asset 15 Aug 2022
Mark Watson
Mark Watson

Global CEO advisory firm Teneo has appointed Mark Watson as head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) advisory for the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to joining Teneo, Watson was the global head of sustainability at John Swire & Sons (HK), the holding company for the Swire Group, where he led ESG strategy. He has also held roles as head of environmental affairs at Cathay Pacific; head of corporate environmental affairs at SBAC; and policy adviser at the Energy Retail Association.

Watson joins Teneo following the appointment of Gaby Sulzberger as the chair of global ESG advisory in 2021. Working closely with Sulzberger, Watson will be a critical member of a core global team advising CEOs, boards and leadership teams on the development and execution of their ESG ambitions and creating strategies to engage critical stakeholders.

With over 25 years of experience in sustainability, Watson specializes in providing strategic counsel to boards and senior leadership teams, guiding ESG strategy, performance, disclosure and communications. He has advised a range of companies on sustainability issues covering material environmental risks, such as climate change, water, energy and waste; social challenges; external ESG investor ratings and performance; and green finance initiatives.

“Watson’s appointment represents a significant development in our ESG advisory capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region,” Sulzberger says. “Watson has extensive experience guiding one of Asia's largest conglomerates on developing and executing against their ESG ambitions and stakeholder expectations, which will be invaluable to our client base in the region and globally. He will guide our clients through evolving customer, investor, employee, government and regulator expectations across the region, collaborating across our integrated advisory services.”

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