LTSE today announced the appointment of Jean Rogers as chief resilience officer, a newly created role.
Rogers brings to LTSE more than 25 years of work to move financial markets in the direction of producing sustainable outcomes. Her focus will include supporting companies that are governed with a view of all their stakeholders, with a goal of optimizing long-term performance on critical sustainability matters.
In 2010, Rogers founded the Sustainability Account Standards Board (SASB), which establishes industry-specific disclosure standards across environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics that facilitate communication between companies and investors.
The SASB advanced the market's understanding of sustainability issues and how they are relevant to companies and their investors. One in every four dollars in the capital markets is now invested with a view toward sustainability factors.
"Jean's career is the story of helping companies and investors link the concerns of stakeholders to the creation of value over time," said Eric Ries, LTSE's founder and CEO. "Her commitment to companies governing with a broader view of their responsibilities will further our work to create a public market option for companies who believe, as we do, that vision and value should be measured over the long term."
Rogers served for eight years as SASB's chief executive and chair of its Standards Board. In 2018, she was named an INSEAD Society of Progress Medal Laureate and one of the Top 20 Influencers of Sustainable Investing by Barron's.
"Modern companies at the vanguard of stakeholder capitalism require modern governance frameworks that embed a broader and longer term view of performance," said Rogers, who discusses her decision to join LTSE in a blog post that accompanies her appointment. "I am excited to help bring about the vision of LTSE, which is another key step in modernizing capital market infrastructure to support the high-achieving companies of today and tomorrow."
In addition to her role at LTSE, Rogers is an advisor to the INSEAD Hoffman Global Institute for Business and Society, and a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Social Innovation and Change Initiative, where she works with social entrepreneurs to build mission-focused companies.
Rogers, a former Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, holds undergraduate and master's degrees in engineering from Manhattan College, and a doctorate in engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of California.