Today, C40 made several announcements that mark important milestones in the organization’s growth, leaving it in a strong position to carry on the important work of enhancing and accelerating the positive global impact of cities’ climate actions. 

  First, we are proud to welcome former London Mayoral Adviser and Director of ARUP Mark Watts to the position of C40 Executive Director.

“I am delighted to be joining C40 as Executive Director,” said Mark Watts, new Executive Director. “City mayors are now rightly acknowledged as being at the forefront of tackling climate change. Through Mayor Bloomberg’s vision and leadership, the organization I was lucky enough to help create in 2005 has been transformed in scale, professionalism and ambition. I am greatly looking forward to working with the fantastic team to help the world’s greatest cities demonstrate that it is possible to both cut emissions and create successful economies that are great places to live.”

As announced a few weeks ago, Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro is beginning his tenure as the new C40 Chair. Former C40 Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will be continuing on in the capacity of President of the new Board of Directors, which will include outgoing Executive Director Jay Carson.

C40 also announced today that it has secured $8.9 million in funding from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), $9 million from Realdania and $10 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which will enable C40 to continue to pursue its core global activities over the next three years. 

To read the full release, click here.