After a 20-year tenure as founding executive director of the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF), Keister Evans has retired. Bob Johnston, past president and five-year board member, has been selected to serve as new executive director for the organization, effective immediately.
served on the board when he was director of corporate relations at Herman
Miller, Inc. Prior to his role as executive director, Johnston facilitated three of the
foundation’s long-term planning sessions and assisted with communications and
fundraising projects. Additionally, he led the legislative committees for the
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association and what is now
the International Wood Products Association.
enters his new leadership role, Johnston says he plans to focus on expanding
partnerships and increasing awareness of the critical work that the
organization is doing around the world. “The market demand for sustainability
and transparency has never been greater. The TFF brings the knowledge and
resources of industry, conservation advocates, and science together to teach sustainable
forestry practices in tropical regions. With the recent US Lacey Act revisions
and the European Parliament’s ban on illegal wood imports, the work TFF is
doing is more important than ever,” says Johnston.
“More partnerships with industry, governments, international agencies, and
certifiers are critical.”
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Herman Miller's Johnston chosen to lead TFF
September 23, 2010