amfori President Profile



amfori is looking for a new President, with the support of the executive search agency Russell Reynolds Associates. Below is the condensed version of the position definition and requirements.

For the full position details, please contact Russell Reynolds Associates directly (coordinates at the bottom of the document).

Position : President

About amfori

For business today, doing good for people and planet is as important as revenues. Customers, stakeholders and NGOs are demanding that companies operate in a way which is ethical, transparent and sustainable. Based in Brussels, amfori is the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade. amfori empowers over 2,400 member companies to operate as successful, sustainable business by helping them monitor and improve the social and environmental performance of their chains. amfori employs 65 people with multiple nationalities.

About the role

As President at amfori you will be:

Reporting to amfori’s Board of Directors, the new President has the overall responsibility for amfori.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Leading the organisation and taking it to the next level of professionalism and purpose
  • Developing, managing and implementing the strategy and defined goals of the organisation
  • Providing and enabling thought leadership and practical guidance to members
  • Improving the association in every area by empowering, supporting the staff, leading the teams in an engaging and inclusive way
  • Stabilising the organisation and establishing a healthy organisation from an employee and membership point of view; s/he may want to revisit reporting lines, structure and processes
  • Good understanding of members’ challenges, priorities, issues and needs, driving consensus and alignment in representing small as well as big members; being the voice and face of the entire organisation and bringing all members on-board
  • Representing the organisation in membership events, committees and at external events
  • Building and maintaining relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders such as political institutions, industry initiatives and research institutions
  • Astute communicator; stays close to staff and members; makes him/herself available and communicates with passion, excitement but is also a good observer and listener
  • Planning and managing the budget

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate meets all of the following requirements.


  • An experienced CEO with substantial general management and transformation experience
  • 10+ years in private sector leadership positions, preferable in different countries/continents
  • Understanding of how to lead a member’s organisation and how to influence key stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge of Human Rights Due Diligence Frameworks, Responsible Supply Chain Management, Social and Environmental standards and related regulatory frameworks
  • Exposure/experience in the non-profit sector
  • Extensive experience working with diverse cultures; willingness to travel
  • Master’s degree from a top-tier university in a relevant field
  • A broad professional network


  • Setting Strategy. A strategic and visionary mind-set, comamforifortable in fast-paced environments and the ability to deliver results while considering the “bigger picture”
  • Executing for Results. The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organisation to improved performance; impeccable integrity, and focused on driving results
  • Leading Teams. Inclusive, self-reflective and engaging leadership style with a strong competence in coaching, counselling, motivating and conflict management
  • Relationships and Influence. An ability to inspire trust and followership in others through compelling influence, powerful charisma, passion in his/her beliefs, and active drive
  • Driving Sustainability. An authentic, purpose driven leader who considers amfori a great initiative to drive sustainability in global supply chains



Marionne Barge                                                                         

Russell Reynolds Associates                                                      

Square de Meeûs 1, 6th Floor                                                  

1000 Brussels                                                                           


Tel.: +32 2 743 12 39                                                                                            


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Russell Reynolds Associates

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Russell Reynolds Associates

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