Anthesis, the largest group of dedicated sustainability professionals globally and one of the UK’s fastest-growing private companies, has appointed Richa Jha to its newly created role of Chief Transformation Officer and member of its Global Leadership Team.
Following the significant minority investment by Palatine Private Equity in Q1 2021, Richa is part of a cohort of strategic hires to support Anthesis’ ambitious growth objectives focused on amplifying its impact in tackling the world’s climate emergency.
Reporting to Anthesis’ CEO Stuart McLachlan, Richa will be responsible for collaborating with the Global Leadership Team on critical drivers such as global connectivity and organisational design, digitalisation of services and unlocking human potential for change through education and impact led transformation programmes. In addition, with a continued focus on its successful buy-and-build strategy for growth (with 13 businesses joining Anthesis in eight years) Richa will be responsible for acquisition integration programmes.
Richa comes to Anthesis with a 15-year track record of shaping and driving transformations within Fortune 500 companies. She has focused on delivering high impact, digital technology led strategies and solutions to challenge mindsets and galvanise organisational change. Most recently, Richa held the position of Principle Director, Strategy & Consulting at Accenture where she executed an innovation-led transformation for a multi-billion-dollar global business, impacting 10,000+ people and delivering double digit revenue growth. She has worked with clients across Energy, Utilities, Pharmaceuticals, Public and not-for-profit sectors and delivered social impact initiatives for Accenture.
Anthesis CEO Stuart McLachlan commented, “We are at a pivotal point in history where businesses and governments have realised the importance of sustainable performance and are accelerating their climate change commitments. Transformational change in our client’s organisations is inevitable as they decarbonise and seek sustainable organisational models. But at Anthesis, we must also evolve and, as we scale, we must continue to be an organisation that deploys our expertise to deliver maximum impact. So, I am very excited to be bringing Richa’s experience in organisational design and transformation programmes to Anthesis at this time.”
On joining Anthesis, Richa said “I was on the lookout for organisations and leaders with a big vision and a transformative agenda. Anthesis and its Activator approach for delivering sustainable performance, and ambition to help clients eliminate 3Gt of CO2e on their transition to Net Zero, completely fits the bill. I am hugely excited about the impact we can create on one of the crucial challenges facing humanity.”
Richa also serves on the Alumni Council for her alma marter, Kenyon College and the Advisory Board for Singlify – bringing the best of Salesforce technology to social investors and microfinance organisations. Having lived, studied, and worked across three continents, Richa is currently settled in London.