ERM Group today announces that Keryn James has stepped down after nearly five years as CEO and almost 30 years at the company. David McArthur will act as interim CEO pending the appointment of a successor, which will be announced soon. Keryn will support the leadership transition and serve as strategic adviser to the ERM Executive Committee to provide continuity in client and business development activities.

Keryn James, CEO of ERM Group, said: “It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to serve ERM. The purpose and people at this firm make it one of the most special places I have ever spent time in. I would like to thank all ERMers, past and present, for their passion, skill, commitment and friendship. I leave the business in a much stronger position, with great momentum, continued outperformance, and with solid financial and strategic backing from KKR.”

Tim Franks, Partner at KKR and Chair of the ERM Board, said “The Board is deeply grateful to Keryn for everything that she has done for ERM over the past 28 years, helping to build a world class company that strives to meet the ever increasing sustainability challenges of our world. ERM is on a remarkable journey of growth and has a critical role to play in shaping a sustainable future for the world’s leading organizations at a time when it is most urgently needed.”

About ERM

ERM is the business of sustainability.

As the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy, ERM partners with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunity for future generations.

ERM’s diverse team of over 5,500 world-class experts in over 150 offices in more than 40 countries supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability. Through ERM’s deep technical expertise clients are well positioned to address their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. ERM calls this capability its “boots to boardroom” approach for its comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level.