Moments of transition are often exciting and sad at the same time. I know I speak for everyone at the ClimateWorks Foundation when I say how delighted I am that our partner organization, the European Climate Foundation (ECF), has appointed Dr. Laurence Tubiana as its next CEO. The ECF is doing crucial work to help Europe transition to a prosperous low-carbon society and provide leadership internationally, and I am proud to serve on the ECF board. Laurence has an exceptional track record, in Europe and globally, in advancing climate change mitigation, most notably through her essential role in achieving the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, and she is a leading thinker in the field. I look forward to working with Laurence and her team and to a continued strong partnership between the ClimateWorks Foundation and the ECF.

At the same time, let me also express sadness that my friend and colleague, Johannes Meier, will be stepping down from his role as CEO of ECF for family reasons. For six years, Johannes has applied his deep experience and intellect to lead ECF, inspire climate partners around the world, and demonstrate time and time again what it means to lead. Johannes has built ECF into a world-class organization, marrying strategic thinking with effective execution and making ECF a model for the climate community. On a personal level, Johannes has been a friend, advisor, and trusted colleague, and for that I am enormously grateful.

All of us at ClimateWorks wish Johannes, Laurence, and ECF all the best as we head into a new year, and we look forward to continuing to work together toward a prosperous decarbonized future.