KAB appoints new president

Jennifer Jehn will take over position in January 2014.

December 18, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), Stamford, Conn., has appointed Jennifer Jehn president and CEO, starting January 2014. KAB says Jehn has significant marketing and management experience, having most recently held leadership positions within Dow Jones & Co., including serving as head of consumer sales and circulation marketing. She succeeds Matthew McKenna, who left KAB to become an investment advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Jennifer’s marketing acumen, matched by her passion for sustainable social impact, makes her uniquely qualified to lead Keep America Beautiful and accelerate our important work in communities across the country,” says Tim Gardner, chairman of KAB’s board of directors and executive vice president of Illinois Tool Works. “Jennifer is a decisive consensus-builder and intensely results-oriented. We are confident in her ability to drive new levels of success across the organization.”

Jehn says, “I have great respect for Keep America Beautiful, its mission and its powerful affiliate network embedded in thousands of communities across the country. This organization plays a pivotal role in keeping communities beautiful while reducing waste and increasing recycling. I look forward to working closely with its board, its affiliate network and all the volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to this well-established organization.”

Most recently, KAB forged partnerships with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Ad Council to launch education and behavior-change campaigns in the recycling arena. In addition, through just two of its programs, the Great American Cleanup and America Recycles Day, the nonprofit recruits more than 4 million active volunteers each year and sponsors events in more than 20,000 communities.