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February 9, 2024

Circle Economy Foundation announces leadership transition with Ivonne Bojoh as new CEO

Circle Economy Foundation announced a leadership change today. Ivonne Bojoh, the current Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director of Digital, will assume the role of CEO, succeeding Martijn Lopes Cardozo. Martijn, who has served as CEO for four years, will continue as a Senior Advisor while exploring new opportunities outside the organisation. We are truly grateful for Martijn’s efforts in the last four years as CEO and before that as Supervisory Board Member and are pleased he will stay on as a Senior Advisor to ensure a smooth transition.

Ivonne Bojoh has a distinguished career, spanning professional services as Partner and Managing Director of The Valley, a leading customer experience agency in Amsterdam and co-founder of a FinTech company in Singapore, scaling and transforming organisations. Ivonne joined Circle Economy in 2020 as Director of Digital and was promoted to COO in 2022, demonstrating her commitment to the organisation's mission and ability to drive impactful change.

The outgoing CEO, Martijn Lopes Cardozo, expressed his confidence in Ivonne's ability to lead the organisation: ‘I congratulate Ivonne on her new role. I have witnessed Ivonne operate in the last three years, and with her deep sense of purpose combined with a can-do mentality and bias to action, she is the right person to head up the organisation going forward. Leading Circle Economy Foundation during the last four years has been a great honour. It has been amazing to work alongside such an incredible group of “circlers”, funders and partners and together drive the transition to a circular economy with practical and scalable solutions.’

Founder and Chairman Robert-Jan van Ogtrop conveyed his positive outlook about the leadership transition: ‘We are very pleased Ivonne will step up as CEO. She is the right person to lead Circle Economy Foundation to deliver impact at scale. I thank Martijn for his leadership, initially as a Supervisory Board member and subsequently as CEO during the last four years. Under his guidance, the organisation has grown, further professionalised and solidified several new key strategic partnerships.’

Ivonne Bojoh shared her excitement about the next phase: ‘When Circle Economy was founded in 2011, the circular economy was still a relatively new concept. Today, we see wide adoption of circularity principles, and with that comes a shift for us to provide the “how” in addition to the “why”. Circle Economy Foundation is uniquely positioned to do just that. I look forward to leading the organisation and accelerating our impact to achieve our goal of doubling global circularity by 2032.’

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