This week, BrownFlynn announced the addition of Mike Wallace, former director of theGlobal Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) North American operations, to its leadership team. In his new role, Mike serves as Managing Director of BrownFlynn with responsibility for expanding the Firm’s market presence and brand in North America, developing strategic partnerships, providing innovative corporate responsibility and sustainability solutions to clients, and helping shape the strategic direction of the Firm. Mike will be based in Los Angeles, CA, expanding BrownFlynn’s geographic reach and opening up new business opportunities for the Firm.
“We’re delighted to have Mike on board and are excited to capitalize on the market growth potential afforded by his joining our leadership team,” said Barb Brown, principal and co-founder of BrownFlynn. “The demand on corporations and other organizations to better measure, manage and disclose sustainability information and initiatives is rapidly expanding across North America—and globally. We believe BrownFlynn is well positioned to respond to this demand through our highly skilled and experienced team and diverse corporate responsibility and sustainability services,” she added.
Mike is an internationally recognized expert and leader in the sustainability field with 20 years’ experience advising corporations, non-profits and government agencies on the development, implementation and continuous improvement of sustainability strategies and initiatives. For the past four years, he led the successful re-entry and funding of GRI into the North American market after spending one year at GRI’s headquarters in Amsterdam. BrownFlynn has known and collaborated with Mike during his tenure at GRI through the Firm’s role as GRI’s first U.S.-certified training organization and organizational stakeholder.
In commenting on his new career decision, Mike said, “I am honored to join BrownFlynn and am looking forward to significant growth—both personally and as a Firm–in the coming years. After exploring many options, I chose BrownFlynn as the ideal company and the one most closely aligned with my values and professional goals. The Firm’s reputable and consistent market engagement made them a fantastic choice for me in all corners of the sustainability field.”
Looking to the future, BrownFlynn believes sustainability will become further institutionalized and accelerated as non-financial disclosure becomes increasingly written into national laws, stock exchange rules and procurement policies. “Such changes will open new doors for BrownFlynn, enabling us to develop new business and continue our growth trajectory. We are eager to seize the opportunities ahead,” said Margie Flynn, the Firm’s principal and co-founder.
About Mike Wallace
As Managing Director, Mike Wallace is responsible for expanding BrownFlynn’s market penetration across North America, developing new and existing strategic partnerships, providing innovative corporate responsibility and sustainability solutions to clients, and helping shape the strategic direction of the Firm. Having helped establish and then direct GRI’s North American operations from 2010 to 2014, Mike was instrumental in driving sustainability reporting across the North American economy.
Mike’s 20 years of international experience in the sustainability field provides BrownFlynn clients and business partners with a global view of the sustainability field. Having given expert testimony to the European Commission, US SEC, EPA and GSA, and having presented on the topic of sustainability and reporting at hundreds of events, Mike’s expertise in the field is highly regarded and valued by a range of colleagues and organizations in the field.
Mike enjoys traveling, cycling, skiing and relaxing at home with his wife Clair. He has traveled as far south as Tasmania, Australia; as far North as the Isles of Lewis and Harris, Scotland; as remote as the Galapagos Islands; as low as Death Valley; and as high as the Himalayas. He looks forward to continuing his exploration of the world, moving into more academic and research related work, and eventually hopes to write a book or two.