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Rainforest Action Network appoints new leader

The Rainforest Action Network named Rebecca Tarbotton as its executive director. Tarbotton, 37, succeeds Michael Brune, now head of the Sierra Club.

Under Tarbotton's leadership as global finance campaign director, RAN secured a sector-wide policy to limit bank financing of coal-fired power plants. Prior to RAN, she worked as an international food and human rights activist, both in California and abroad, giving her a deep understanding of current global environmental challenges from international agribusiness to climate change.

"I'm thrilled that someone with Rebecca's passion and skill is stepping up to lead RAN," says Randy Hayes, RAN's founder and first executive director. "The world may have changed in many ways since 1985, but the basic need to prevent corporations from destroying the world's last rain forests remains as critical as ever."

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