Anthesis Group, the sustainability activator and the largest dedicated team of sustainability professionals globally, has appointed Betsy Hickman as Director of Growth and Strategic Initiatives for North America.
Reporting to Anthesis’ North America and Asia Pacific CEO Chantelle Ludski, Betsy will be responsible for identifying new growth opportunities and building out service offerings in areas including social impact, regenerative agriculture, and nature-based solutions. Recognizing the critical role that education plays in catalyzing impact, she will also serve on Anthesis’ Global Education Council and oversee the development of education solutions and capabilities in North America. Betsy’s leadership in these areas will accelerate the power of Anthesis’ Activator approach to better equip companies in delivering sustainable performance and unlocking human potential to drive positive change through education, digital and impact led transformation programs.
“Collective action is desperately needed from business, governments, non-profits, and citizens around the world to come together and address the dueling threats that climate change and nature loss pose to society and our economy. I am honored to join Anthesis to equip companies in driving transformational change in the way we approach our relationship with nature and the way we redesign systems to usher in a future that is regenerative and distributive by design.”
Director of Growth and Strategic Initiatives, North America
Prior to joining Anthesis, Betsy held the role of Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Implementation at Field to Market, the largest multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to advancing sustainable agriculture. In this role, Betsy united diverse competitors such as PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Target, and Walmart behind a shared vision and standardized, pre-competitive approach to building a future in which farmers, business, and nature thrive. Prior to that, Betsy spent nearly six years with the World Wildlife Fund, directing stakeholder engagement for global sustainability partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, and Sodexo
With nearly twenty years of leadership in sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, and strategic communications, Betsy has honed her expertize across a diverse range of sustainability disciplines, from climate and energy, water stewardship and sustainable seafood, to responsible forestry and regenerative agriculture. Dedicating the past decade of her career to advising executives and investors on meaningful sustainability strategies to harness purchasing power and investment capital into a force for good, Betsy has partnered with leading companies across the agriculture, apparel, beverage, finance, food, forest products, restaurant, and retail sectors.
Chantelle Ludski, North America and Asia Pacific CEO, comments: “Betsy’s years of partnership-building among leading global brands and her experience of serving as a trusted advisor to executives positions her to provide powerful leadership in her new role at Anthesis. Her subject matter expertise and experience across sectors will allow us to strengthen and expand key service areas. I am proud that Betsy has joined Anthesis, and I look forward to working with her on progressing key strategic initiatives in North America.”
Anthesis has recently been named Consultancy of the Year at Edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022, the world’s largest sustainable business awards scheme championing bold and brilliant climate leadership.