June 25, 2008 05:00 ET

WWF-Canada Appoints New CEO

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - WWF-Canada announced today that Gerald Butts will become President and Chief Executive Officer effective September 2nd. He will succeed Mike Russill, who announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down on September 30th. Gerald has been the Principal Secretary to Premier Dalton McGuinty and will be leaving that role on June 30th. As Principal Secretary, he worked directly with the Premier, the Ontario Cabinet and the Ontario Public Service to develop, implement and communicate the Ontario Government's agenda.

"We are delighted that Gerald will be joining us" said Patricia Koval, Chairman of the Board of Directors of WWF-Canada. "In addition to his strong passion for conservation and the environment, Gerald brings a wealth of valuable experience and expertise through his work on the Ontario Government's climate change plan, energy plan and greenbelt protection plan, among other environment-related projects. He has a proven track record for managing complex policy issues, projects and relationships, which are exactly what we deal with today in our challenging domestic and global environment."

Gerald, who is married with two children, is an avid lover of the outdoors. Born in Nova Scotia, he developed an early interest in marine conservation, and has since spent considerable leisure time with his family in many of North America's national parks and protected areas. "It's an honour to join WWF", said Gerald. "This is a critical time for our environment. WWF is an organization of richly talented people who are deeply committed to meeting our most significant national and global challenges. I'm looking forward to working with them and WWF's many supporters to meet those challenges."

Mike Russill, who Gerald will succeed, has contributed greatly to the continuing growth and success of WWF-Canada over the past four years, and has played important roles with WWF International. Mike will continue to support WWF and expects to focus his future work with business on climate change issues and corporate sustainability. Of his successor, Mike said "I am delighted with the selection of Gerald for this challenging, stimulating and rewarding position. I believe Gerald has the passion, experience and leadership necessary to take WWF-Canada to the next level of success."

As Chief Executive Officer and President, Gerald will be located at WWF-Canada's national head office in Toronto, Ontario. He will be responsible for overseeing WWF-Canada's over 100 staff members located in eight offices across Canada and its office in Havana, Cuba, and will work to foster strong relations with its over 150,000 supporters and volunteers.

About WWF-Canada

WWF-Canada is part of WWF, the global conservation organization. WWF advocates and promotes lasting solutions to the challenge of balancing growing human need and environmental sustainability.

In collaboration with business, government, communities and individuals WWF takes a science-based approach to the protection, management and restoration of environmentally sensitive parts of our planet.

WWF-Canada's work includes visionary projects focused on climate change, freshwater and the health of habitat and species across Canada and around the world.

This news release and associated material can be found on wwf.ca.

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