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Jochen Zeitz

Director of the board, Kering
Former Chairman & CEO, Puma

Co-Founder & Co-Chair, The B Team

Commercial background

Jochen Zeitz is Director of Kering and Chairman of the board's sustainable development committee and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of The B Team after having been the CEO of the Sport & Lifestyle division and Chief Sustainability Officer of Kering since 2010. Prior to this, Zeitz served 18 years as Chairman and CEO at PUMA.

Upon becoming PUMA's CEO in 1993, Zeitz turned it from an undesired brand nearing bankruptcy into one of the top 3 brands in the sporting good industry. He pioneered a ground-breaking environmental profit and loss audit (E P&L) at PUMA that puts a monetary value on the impacts across a businesses supply chain and believes in contributing to a new paradigm of corporate social and environmental sustainability.

Zeitz has been a member of the Board of Directors of Harley-Davidson since 2007 and has also served as the Chair of Harley-Davidson's sustainability committee since its inception in 2011. He is also a member of the TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) Advisory Board and a Board member of Wilderness Safaris and Chair of its Sustainability Committee.

Social and philanthropic background

In 2008, he founded the Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety to support sustainable solutions that balance conservation, community development, culture, and commerce. In October 2012, Zeitz co-founded The B Team with Sir Richard Branson to help transform the future of business.

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), in partnership with the V&A Waterfront, is a major new cultural institution that will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and Diaspora. It will be located in the historic Grain Silo in Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront area and scheduled to open late 2016.

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Jochen has yet to hold his three Expert Impact sessions. They will be scheduled soon.

  • Will help with
  • Business development
  • Governance
  • Strategy & planning
  • Philanthropic Interests
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Poverty

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