CGG, a global geoscience technology major, has appointed David Viner as head of environmental science and tasked him with leading the company and advising on the best strategies.
As an internationally recognized specialist in climate change, ESG and transition, Viner will lead, develop and grow CGG’s environmental science business. He has over 30 years of experience working internationally in the areas of global climate change and sustainability in the academic, public and private sectors.
He started his career at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, where he is now a Visiting Professor. From 2007, Viner was Senior Climate Change Specialist at Natural England, where he developed the research and approach to adaptation at the landscape scale. From 2008 he was director of climate change at the British Council, where he developed a global engagement program to help support the UK and beyond for climate action.
In 2012, Viner joined Mott MacDonald, where he provided the evidence base for the creation of the Climate Resilience Initiative which helped transform and position the group as a global leader in developing climate resilience solutions. His most recent role was as Associate Director at Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, where he led the team responsible for ensuring all of its investments were aligned with the global green transition.
Most notably, Viner has been involved with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992 and was a co-ordinating lead author of the Working Group 2 Sixth Assessment Report released on February 28. He is also a Scientific Committee Member of the UK Natural Environmental Research Council, a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Science and an Honorary Life Member of Friends of the Countryside for his work on climate change and land management. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and reports to date.
“We are delighted to welcome David to CGG. His appointment underscores the strength of our commitment to developing our portfolio of new technologies, data and solutions that address environmental and energy transition challenges. His exceptional expertise in delivering transformational change will help us accelerate our efforts and become a leader in environmental science. We look forward to his active involvement in our ESG strategy, providing CGG with the best possible insights to fulfill our ESG and net zero commitments,” said Peter Whiting, EVP Geoscience, CGG.
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