Ken is a climate change researcher and CEO of Advanced Climate Resources, a consultancy dedicated to helping C-Suite executives understand their role in addressing climate change. He is also co-founder of The Climate Board, a member-based advisory company that equips senior executives with insight and actionable best practices to accelerate climate change solutions. Previously, Ken led Bloomberg’s development of global growth strategies for new products in the energy, water, and environmental sectors. He was the principal designer for Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance Insight Services, which frames the financial, economic, and policy implications of all forms of renewable energy. Before Bloomberg, Ken led research teams for the Finance Practice of the Corporate Executive Board. He was Senior Vice President for Kaiser Associates, where he led strategy engagements with Fortune 500, including Shell, ExxonMobil, BASF, P&G, Pfizer, and McDonald’s. He also served as a staff officer for the Chief of Naval Operations and a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy. Ken received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and economics with distinction from Colby College. He graduated from the US Naval War College with high honors and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by those who break traditional business methods and find new solutions to generate value beyond standard financial metrics. At the moment, I am enamored by companies such as Patagonia, Bosch, and Maersk. These companies have led the way to create a new business model called a “purpose trust” that defines its mission to include earth and environmental stewardship.
What relationship has been most influential in your life?
My grandparents. They saw the beauty in the simple things in life and gave me the courage to question things that were not right.
What’s on your bookshelf?
Purpose and Profit: How Business Can Lift Up the World, George Serafeim
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, Bill Gates
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Paul Hawken