Sherry Madera has today started her role as the new Chief Executive Officer of CDP, the global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions.
Sherry’s leadership begins as environmental disclosure continues to rise to the top of the global sustainability agenda and at a critical point between two important global events: the UN General Assembly in September and COP28 in December. There is widespread agreement between corporates, regulators and scientists alike that environmental disclosure will be critical in our ability to measure and manage the worsening impacts of climate change and to course correct towards a net-zero, nature-positive future.
As a former investment banker and diplomat, Sherry brings with her a unique mix of experience from business, policy making, and diplomacy that will equip her to successfully lead CDP into an exciting new era of environmental leadership.
Speaking on her appointment, Sherry said: “I am honored to join such an established organization as CDP, especially at this moment when we acknowledge the pivotal role data plays in assessing and managing climate actions. I look forward to collaborating with our talented global team, CDP’s stakeholders worldwide and with our valued partners, to drive more ambitious and urgent climate action and to build on our unique position in the environmental data ecosystem."
Sherry is a prominent thought leader on sustainability, with a focus on sustainable finance, environmental data and public policy. As CEO, she will take over management of CDP’s global leadership team and staff across the UK, Europe, North America, Singapore, Japan, China and Latin America.
Prior to joining CDP, Sherry was Chair of the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance (FoSDA) a global organization focused on supporting data requirements to drive success in sustainable finance. As Senior Vice President, Public Policy, for Mastercard, Sherry led on identifying trends and issues that are a priority for governments, industry and regulators for strategic engagement.
A unique combination of former investment banker and diplomat, Sherry has held roles at the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), the City of London and the British Embassy in Beijing, as well as Non-Executive Director Roles at Sondrel Limited and the University of Nottingham. Sherry is also author of the upcoming book “Navigating Sustainability Data: How Organizations can use ESG Data to Secure Their Future”, due for release in January 2024.