Maritz Global Events has appointed Rachael Riggs, CMP, DES, SEPC, as its general manager, Environmental Strategy – a new position within Maritz Global Events created in response to the increasing importance of sustainability to its clients, the industry and the planet.
In this role, Riggs will lead global sustainability initiatives to manage and implement emissions reduction strategies across the organization. She will continue to work with clients to develop sustainability strategies, measure impact and develop well-being programs for their events.
A 25-year industry veteran, Riggs joined Maritz Global Events Design Studio in 2018, where she works with clients to elevate guest wellbeing as they design their events. She serves on the Net Zero Carbon Events Measurement Working Group, The Events Industry Council APEX Commission, and the Global Wellness Institute’s Workplace Wellbeing Working Group.
“I’m thrilled to bring my passion for sustainability and experience to this new role,” says Riggs. “At Maritz Global Events, we value people, and we want to see them succeed. We feel the same way about our planet. We’re committed to doing our part so future generations can thrive. Sustainability is not just something we do; it is shared responsibility, and one we don’t take lightly.”
David Peckinpaugh, president and CEO of Maritz Holdings and president, Maritz Global Events, said: “Our commitment to taking good care of our planet has been ingrained in our culture for many years. Rachael is a passionate environmentalist and understands the complex world of sustainability, especially as it relates to bringing the broader contenxt of sustainability into the events industry. Her deep connections and experience made her the right choice for this important role within Maritz Global Events and will ensure that we and our clients stay on course as we navigate these challenges, continue to prioritize sustainability and ultimately protect our planner for future generations.”