Sustainable Harvest names Liam Brody as company’s new President

Sustainable Harvest, one of the world’s leading specialty coffee importers and a pioneering B Corporation, has named Liam Brody as its new President, effective January 1, 2017. As President, Brody will oversee the company's strategy, partnerships, and business development. He will join David Griswold, Sustainable Harvest’s Founder, to lead the company at a time when the coffee industry, and particularly coffee farmers, face unprecedented challenges. “Liam is a proven leader with decades of experience tackling some of the coffee world’s most daunting problems,” said Griswold in a statement. “His experience building one of the most successful impact investing firms will strengthen our position as a social enterprise, and the value we can generate for our customers and suppliers. I am confident that his grit, kindness, and business savvy will help our company and all of our supply chain partners achieve a brighter, more prosperous future.” Brody leaves his position as Senior Vice President for Root Capital, a trailblazer in impact investing. Since its founding in 1999, Root Capital has disbursed over US$1 billion in credit, unlocking more than $6 billion in revenue for over 600 rural businesses—80 per cent of which has been paid directly to 1.2 million marginalised farm families across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He draws on 20 years of experience growing peace, prosperity, and a more just world through social enterprise, impact investing, and market-based solutions to poverty. Prior to Root Capital, Brody was director of sustainable coffee for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig). He also worked as a program manager, campaign director, and private sector adviser for the humanitarian organisation Oxfam. “Sustainable Harvest has played a catalytic role in transforming the way business is done in the coffee industry,” said Brody. “I’m deeply honoured to take the reins of one of the true pioneers in sustainable business. Collaborating with farmers, roasters, and other allies, we will find ways to more efficiently and effectively grow value and our collective impact.”

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