Tiffany & Co. chairman and CEO Michael J. Kowalski plans to become an environmental activist when he retires next year, according to a New York Times report.
The longtime exec “will seek to push the green agenda to the forefront of the luxury industry discussion,” the article said.
Under Kowalski, the retailer has been surprisingly public in its opposition to the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Kowalski considers the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to block the mine one of his “most satisfying moments” of the past year, according to the Times.
Kowalski will retire on March 1, 2015, and be replaced by current president Frederic Cumenal.