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David brings a wealth of experience from working in both the private and public sectors. Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight to end the devastating impact of corruption around the world.

He also holds non-executive directorships with the Shared Interest Society, the world's leading fair trade finance organisation that aims to reduce poverty in the world, and Low Carbon Accelerator, a private equity fund investing in technology-based companies that contribute to a low-carbon economy. From 1991 to 2006, David was a non-executive director and, later, Chair of Traidcraft.

David is 48 and married with four children.

He decided to join WWF as he recognised the need to address the growing environmental challenges facing the world.

"What I have learned about WWF has already greatly impressed me" he says. "I look forward to building on the remarkable contribution Robert Napier has made over the past eight years and to the invigorating challenge of leading an environmental organisation with outstanding staff and a formidable reputation. The WWF network around the world is well placed to engage with globalisation and the growing significance of all kinds of international interactions. WWF-UK has an influential role to play in its relationships with government, companies and our fellow citizens."

The new appointment comes with the departure of Robert Napier who has held the position of CEO for the last eight years. During this time he has contributed greatly to the continuing growth and success of WWF including nearly doubling the organisation's income. His most recent achievements include his tireless work on the recommendations of the WWF Energy Task Force and the implications for the UK.

Another highlight of Robert's career was the extraordinary successes born out of the Investing in Nature freshwater programme with HSBC in China, Brazil, Mexico and the UK.

Of his successor, Robert Napier said, "I wish David all the success in this challenging, stimulating and rewarding job".