PEFC announces departure of CEO Ben Gunneberg

Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC, will be leaving PEFC (Photo: PEFC)

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) will begin their 2022 with the departure of Ben Gunneberg, the secretary general and CEO of PEFC.

“The PEFC global alliance is grateful for Mr Gunneberg’s outstanding service and commitment to PEFC, as well as his significant accomplishments over his distinguished tenure,” said Eduardo Rojas Briales, chair of PEFC International. “Under his leadership, PEFC has made a real and measurable difference in forests around the world and in the lives of people who depend on these forests.”

Gunneberg has been a leading advocate for the PEFC and for their common objective of promoting sustainable forest management during his 22 years of service.

The entire PEFC alliance expressed their gratitude towards him for his enthusiasm, commitment, and persistence in taking the vision of the PEFC founders, and creating, building, and shaping PEFC into an international organisation that enjoys respect globally.

PEFC is now in the process of recruiting a successor. A vacancy announcement will soon be published, and the Board looks forward to finding the best candidate for PEFC. For the transition period, Michael Berger, PEFC’s deputy secretary general and head of Technical Unit, has taken over the role of acting secretary general from the beginning of January 2022.