Bluesign Technologies has appointed former Patagonia exec Jill Dumain as its next CEO. Dumain, who most recently served as Patagonia’s director of environmental strategy, will succeed Bluesign CEO Peter Waeber, who plans to retire at the end of the year but remain a Bluesign advisory board member. Waeber helped found the organization in 2000.
Dumain spent 27 years at Patagonia, holding various senior positions in textile research and development. Her projects have included the transition to organic cotton, The Common Threads Recycling Program, The Footprint Chronicles, and the introduction of Bluesign tools and systems at Patagonia. She also held leadership and board positions at the Organic Exchange, Textile Exchange and the Sustainability Working Group at the Outdoor Industry Association, says the company. Already connected to Bluesign, Dumain has served as chairman of the organization’s advisory board since 2011.
“Jill’s qualifications, extensive industry experience and her proven success in coaching and motivating teams to achieve company objectives make her the ideal person to lead the further development and expansion of Bluesign,” said Richard Shentu, Bluesign chairman and SGS executive vice president, consumer and retail services.
“I’m honored and grateful to the Bluesign board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of innovative, dedicated and talented professionals,” Dumain said. “I am also thankful and indebted to Patagonia for providing me the incredible years there and the foundation allowing me to take this next step.”