4/10/2013 12:36:31 PM

Krista Wright Appointed Executive Director at Polar Bears International

April 10, 2013 (Bozeman, MT) - Polar Bears International (PBI) today announced the appointment of Krista Wright as its executive director following the retirement of Robert Buchanan. She brings 20 years of experience with nonprofits to her new position, including four years as PBI's chief of operations and executive vice president.

"All of us at PBI are pleased that this dedicated and talented individual will become our executive director," said Dani Reiss, PBI chairman. "Krista's proven leadership and management skills in her five years with PBI give us full confidence that she'll be able to sustain and expand PBI's role as the world's leading polar bear conservation group, dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat.

Reiss noted that the arctic sea ice extent reached the lowest level in recorded history in 2012, underscoring the urgency of taking action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop global warming.

"Krista's passionate commitment to this cause extends beyond polar bears to include the entire arctic eco-system," he said. "Her energy and vision will help provide a better future for polar bears and the planet."

Wright's 20 years of working with nonprofit organizations have focused on building environmental literacy and a conservation ethic. Her expertise includes strategic planning, environmental education, and nonprofit management and development, Her experience also includes forging strong partnerships with entities including government agencies, other nonprofits, educational groups, universities, and the business sector.

Wright previously held positions with Montana Outdoor Science School, Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort, and Colorado Outdoor Education Center. She attended Kansas University and received a B.S. in outdoor education and later studied elementary education at Montana State University. She began volunteering with PBI in 2008 and joined the staff as COO and executive vice president in 2009. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.

About Polar Bears International

Polar Bears International is dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its sea ice habitat through research, education, and action. Discover fascinating facts, world-leading research, and ways to help polar bears at www.polarbearsinternational.org. To learn more about our directors and staff, visit http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/about-us.

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