Jill Dumain, CEO of Bluesign Departs for New Role at SGS Group
Jill Dumain, CEO of sustainability service provider bluesign technologies ag, decided to step down from her role, effective on June 1, 2021.
Dumain became CEO in January of 2017, only the second CEO to hold this position at the company and has been a strong advocate and supporter of Bluesign since its inception in 2000. As a former Patagonia executive, Dumain was one of the early adopters of the bluesignⓇ SYSTEM and paved the way for Patagonia to be the first brand member. She was also the Chairwoman of Bluesign’s Advisory Board from 2011-2017.
“Splitting time between my home state of California and Switzerland over these past 4 ½ years has worked quite well despite the distance,” Dumain explains. “However, the recent travel difficulties that COVID has presented, my desire to work in a location closer to my family, and the obstacle of working across many time zones, led me to the realization that I must step down from my role as the CEO of Bluesign. This was an especially difficult decision due to the exciting projects at Bluesign and the amazing team of colleagues that I have had the honor to be a part of,” continued Dumain.
Dumain will be stepping into the role of Global Vice President of Sustainability Solutions for SGS as this role provides her the flexibility to work from California. Her position at SGS is an opportunity to shape the next steps for a leading company in the realm of sustainability and to stay connected to Bluesign.
“Jill’s vision for Bluesign, enhancing its position as a leader in the sustainability space, and building a strong team are just a few of her indelible contributions. We are grateful for her time leading Bluesign and look forward to her joining SGS Group in a larger capacity,” states Charles Ly Wa Hoi, Executive Vice President Connectivity & Products at SGS and Chairman of bluesign technologies ag.
Dumain’s successor, Daniel Rufenacht, has 25 years of experience in corporate sustainability, institutional marketing, and public relations, working both for the public and private sectors. He spent 10 years as Executive Director at the textile company, Switcher transforming it from a traditional clothing company into a widely recognized, sustainable brand. He joins bluesign technologies ag from SGS Group, of which Bluesign is a member; he previously served as Group Vice President, Corporate Communications and Sustainability where he oversaw the sustainability management system, the global sustainability programs, brand and communications, digital and online marketing as well as the annual reporting cycle.
Charles Ly Wa Hoi said: “Daniel’s extensive experience in sustainability will undoubtedly drive the company forward and lead the way in ensuring excellence in sustainable textile manufacturing. “Bluesign is about finding solutions to both today’s and tomorrow’s social and environmental challenges and we are confident that Daniel’s ambition and commitment to sustainability will continue to bring about the changes needed to reduce the environmental impact of textiles.”
About bluesign technologies ag
The bluesign® SYSTEM is the solution for sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the start of the manufacturing process, and it sets and controls standards for environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also gives consumers confidence in purchasing sustainable products.
bluesign technologies ag was founded in 2000. Since then, the bluesign® SYSTEM has been adopted by worldwide leading textile and accessory manufacturers. Various significant key players in the chemical and machine industry rely on the bluesign® SYSTEM, and well-known brands in the outdoor, sportswear and fashion industry trust the extensive knowledge and services of Bluesign.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.