The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce that Jack Ma, lead founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group, will join its global board of directors, effective on April 16, 2010. Ma became a trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s China program in 2009 and will be the first Chinese citizen to serve on the Conservancy’s global board of directors.
“Environmental sustainability is a pressing global issue and it is crucial for us to take constructive action against the threats faced by our natural world,” said Ma. “I am honored for the opportunity to support The Nature Conservancy in achieving its conservation goals in China and around the world.”
In 1999, Ma founded Alibaba Group, a portfolio of Internet-based businesses that facilitate e-commerce and global trade for small businesses and individuals. The company offers online platforms for business-to-business international trade, Chinese online retail, online payment, instant messaging, classified listings and cloud computing services. Its flagship business unit, Alibaba.com, serves more than 47 million users worldwide.
Ma was named by Forbes Asia as one of Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in March of this year. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME and one of “China’s Most Powerful People" by BusinessWeek. Other honors bestowed upon Ma include the “Young Global Leader” title from World Economic Forum in 2001, Fortune’s 2005 “25 Most Powerful Businesspeople in Asia,” BusinessWeek’s 2007 “Businessperson of the Year” and Barron’s 2008 “30 World's Best CEOs.”
More than just a successful businessman, Ma is also a committed advocate, both personally and professionally, for corporate social responsibility and personal environmental action, from boycotting food products made of shark fin to restoration and preservation of freshwater sources in China.
“It’s an honor to have an individual of Jack’s stature serve on the Conservancy’s board,” said Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer of The Nature Conservancy. “His international perspective and commitment to conservation will surely prove invaluable as we continue to work on a global scale for climate action and ecosystem protection for nature and people.”
For more information about the Conservancy’s leadership and governance, please visit http://www.nature.org/aboutus/leadership/.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.