Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans corporate, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership.
Prior to joining RMI in 2013, Jules was CEO of Topell Energy BV, a company that developed a cutting-edge process for the production of solid biofuel. Earlier, he served as the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Jules led a major effort at ECF to develop the roadmap for decarbonized power generation.
Before launching ECF, Jules served as a member of the Dutch parliament, and was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management solutions. Earlier in his career, he worked for eight years for Royal Dutch Shell, including as managing director of Shell Bulgaria. He began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. in Amsterdam.
Jules holds a master’s degree in monetary economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
Ginna Newton has more than 15 years of leadership experience organizing and streamlining companies. Her significant quality systems training, ISO and TQM training and HAACP training offer additional layers to her understanding of the complexities of the corporate entity. Her achievements have been featured in Smart Money magazine, as well as other industry and business media.
Her strategic approach to growing a business was demonstrated in her previous work as President of Old Dominion Enterprises, Inc. and as Quality Systems Manager of the Louis Dreyfus Corporation, where her systems development and process improvements delivered impressive bottom-line results. Her turnaround capabilities are highlighted by her accomplishments as CFO of Old Dominion Enterprises, Inc., where she led a company to record profitability through a complete corporate restructuring that included major shifts in financial strategy, financial planning, operations, marketing communications, and training. She also successfully completed the merger and acquisition of Old Dominion Enterprises, Inc. with a large public entity at the end of 2006.
Ginna earlier served as a telecommunications manager for ESI, a division of Southwestern Bell Telephone and Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems (Currently SBC) where she focused on brand building and increased market share in both the B2B and B2C arenas.
Ginna received her BA from Saint Louis University.
Jeff Erikson provides oversight and strategic direction to all of the Carbon War Room's active Operations, ensuring that they achieve their goal of reducing carbon emissions and advancing the low-carbon economy. Jeff is also responsible for working across the organization to shape and activate new Operations.
Before joining the Carbon War Room, Jeff served as Senior Vice President at SustainAbility, a global think tank and strategic advisory firm. Jeff headed the Washington, DC office, and was the global lead for business development. Prior to joining SustainAbility, Jeff spent 14 years at Mobil Oil and ExxonMobil Corporation, where he was responsible for projects and programs in multiple engineering specialties and across a broad range of environmental, health, and safety issues. He also spent five years in commercial real estate development.
Jeff is a sustainability leader with expertise and experience working with numerous industries, including healthcare, electric utilities, oil and gas, automotive, chemicals, information and communications technology, retail, and food. He has been a key advisor to numerous senior corporate leaders and has broad knowledge of the wide range of sustainability issues and business challenges facing major industries. Jeff has deep expertise in developing sustainable business strategy, articulating the business implications of global climate change and water scarcity, facilitating senior executive discussions and decision-making, and designing and facilitating engagements with external stakeholders.
Jeff has a BS in civil engineering from Bucknell University, and is a professional engineer licensed in Virginia.
Mark Grundy joined the Carbon War Room in September 2012, bringing 15 years of communications and media expertise from both sides of the Atlantic. As Communications Officer at the EC’s European Environment Agency in the 2000s, Mark helped communicate to the public and European policy makers the environmental milestones achieved by the European Union, such as annual performance towards Kyoto, the Emissions Trading Scheme, and the 5-year, pan-European ‘State of the Environment’ report. In 2007, Mark moved to the U.S. to work for international public relations firm Edelman. Within Edelman’s New York Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, Mark provided counsel and led global and nation media campaigns on climate, carbon, and clean-tech for Fortune 500 firms, governments, IGOs and NGOs, including campaigns on UAE’s MASDAR, REDD+ and climate science findings.
Mark earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and MBA degrees in Manchester, UK.
Hilary McMahon joined the CWR after working at the United Nations in New York as an adviser on climate change and technology issues. Previously, Hilary spent four years working as a Senior Associate on the Energy and Climate team at the World Resources Institute (WRI), leading their work in support of Low Carbon Development Plans in many developing countries and managing a large research team. Hilary also led the WRI's work in support of the UNFCCC's climate negotiations. Hilary has published extensively on issues relating to climate mitigation in developing countries, mitigation technologies, and energy access. Hilary recently acted as a reviewer for the World Energy Outlook, and has traveled extensively with her work.
Prior to the WRI, Hilary managed a climate change related program at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland. Before moving to Switzerland Hilary had worked on environmental issues in Brussels for an industry association, UNIFE, spent a semester teaching at a University in Spain, set up the climate group for the Institute of European Affairs, and researched policy approaches for the Institute for International Integration Studies.
Hilary received her bachelor’s degree in politics and French from the University College Dublin, Ireland and her master’s in politics from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium. Hilary also studied Chinese politics for a year in Lausanne, Switzerland.