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Resilience First has announced that it has a new Global Executive Director in place. Martyn Link will help ensure the delivery of Resilience First’s vision and ambitious goals.

Martyn was most recently Chief Strategy Officer at Wood, one of the world’s largest engineering consultancy companies, where he led the focus on clean energy transformation, sustainability, and resilience.

Founded in April 2018, Resilience First is a not-for-profit membership organization, led and funded by businesses to strengthen collective business resilience.

Under the leadership of Mike Rooney since its formation, Resilience First has developed a global network of over 600 businesses, operating in 150 countries and employing some 10 million people.  That network advances resilience by building a community to share and create best practice. In February 2021, Mike oversaw the creation of a strategic partnership with The Resilience Shift. That in turn led to the joint creation of the Resilience Rising Consortium which was launched in January 2022.

Under Martyn’s leadership, and within the global Resilience Rising Consortium, Resilience First will continue to convene and engage with business and community leaders to develop and share the innovative tools and best practice necessary in an increasingly complex and uncertain world.

Martyn Link said: “I am incredibly excited about joining the Resilience First team and the broader Resilience Rising Consortium. It is more important than ever to prepare for the future by embedding resilience into the building blocks of our society. I look forward to accelerating the discussion about the transformation of our global and local businesses, building large-scale commitment among members and stakeholders to adapt and incorporate sustainability and resilience into our organisations and accelerate collaborative solutions.”

Mike Rooney, Resilience First Founder and outgoing CEO, said: I am delighted that Martyn is taking the baton from me to lead Resilience First in the next phase of development through his extensive resilience knowledge, senior corporate management experience and networks. Thanks to my Chair, team and members for all their support.”

Seth Schultz, CEO of Resilience Rising, said: “At a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty across the fragile systems that underpin our society, and a time of increasing funding for new solutions, the Resilience Rising Consortium is re-imagining radical collaboration to bring about a global step change. We are thrilled to have Martyn bring his broad set of experience and expertise to the rapidly growing business network at Resilience First to usher in a new era of corporate collaboration and leadership to enhance the resilience of companies, employees and customers around the world.”

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