As Corporate Vice President of Sustainability, Elisabeth Brinton leads the team charged with accelerating progress globally toward a more sustainable future. This means not only reducing Microsoft’s environmental footprint but also helping customers attain their own sustainability and business objectives through practical technology solutions that deliver measurable results.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Elisabeth was the Executive Vice President at Shell where she built and ran the Global Renewables & Energy Solutions Group, which included a portfolio of businesses focused on offshore wind, onshore wind and solar, green hydrogen, retail electricity, and electric vehicle charging. While at Shell, Elisabeth also served on the Global Hydrogen Council CEO Committee and chaired work for the Sustainable Markets Initiative leading up to COP26, the 2021 United Nations Glasgow Climate Change Conference.
Elisabeth established herself in the global electricity industry as the Corporate Strategy Officer for PG&E Corporation – a U.S. utility company specializing in renewables, customer solar, energy efficiency, and electric mobility. As the Executive Vice President, New Energy at AGL Energy, Australia’s largest integrated energy company, Elisabeth set up Australia’s largest renewable energy fund and also built the world’s first residential virtual power plant to grow and sell a profitable smart metering business.
From 2008 to 2013, Elisabeth was Chief Customer Officer of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in California where she helped introduce landmark climate policies. Under her leadership, J.D. Power ranked SMUD as the #1 Utility in North America.
Elisabeth’s early career was as a successful entrepreneur. CEO and Founder of BPR, an early Sustainable Ag-Tech company and later running global marketing as a member of the founding executive team of Loud Cloud.
2021, Elisabeth joined the board of Anglo American as the designated Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) non-executive director and member of the board’s sustainability committee, contributing to the development of clean energy strategies aligned with climate change reduction.
Elisabeth holds a triple major in English, Chemistry, and the History of Science & Sustainability from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois and is a graduate of Singularity University’s Global Senior Executive Technology Leadership Program.