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Verizon Chief Sustainability Officer Jim Gowen Joins IMPACT! Podcast Guestlist

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A lineup of experts and impactful thought leaders, including Verizon Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer Jim Gowen, has been announced for the current season of the IMPACT! Podcast with John Shegerian. The show is hosted by Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI, the nation’s leading fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company.

Since taking on his roles at Verizon in 2009, his team has enlisted more than 45,000 Verizon employees in 50 countries around the globe in helping to reduce the company’s environmental footprint while increasing the efficiency of a growing enterprise. Gowen has been deeply involved in the advancement of innovative and sustainable technologies and, among many initiatives, spearheaded the launch of Verizon’s first ever green bond in the first quarter of 2019. This $1 billion bond highlights Verizon’s commitments to renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation and reforestation.

As a guest on the IMPACT! Podcast, Gowen discussed Verizon’s green bond launches and a multitude of other impactful sustainability initiatives Verizon has undertaken to improve the planet. The episode of the Impact! Podcast posted live today.

Conversations on IMPACT! explore current topics, advice, information and solutions straight from the greatest innovators, leaders, disruptors and experts. Every week, guests are invited as thought leaders to share with listeners first-hand accounts of how they got their start and how they are able to make the world a better place on a daily basis.

Other recent influencers appearing as Impact! guests have included representatives from Best Buy, Keep America Beautiful, Sage Vegan Bistro, Nikola Motor Company, the Archdiocese of Atlanta, JetBlue, Comerica Bank, Houlihan Lokey, Homeboy Industries, No Meat Athlete, iFixit, NAID, E2 and a number of fascinating thought leaders and game-changers, including softball legend and ESPN baseball anchor Jessica Mendoza; Radical Body Transformations producer and real estate mogul Anthony Lolli; legendary actor Ed Asner; Super Bowl champion Ryan Harris; Petri ‘Byrd the Bailiff’ Hawkins-Byrd from “Judge Judy;” author and music industry legend Mathew Knowles; “Better Things” star Rebecca Metz; fashion maven Kaila Methven; celebrity chef Ara Zada; and one of the world’s youngest and most successful social entrepreneurs, Ryan Hickman, the 10-year-old founder of Ryan’s Recycling.

The IMPACT! Podcast with John Shegerian is available for listening on, Apple’s iTunes, Amazon Music, libsyn, and as part of iHeartRadio’s digital broadcast, reaching over 120 million users.

“Whether we’re talking to a major international corporation, an athlete, a celebrity, an emerging new company or a nonprofit with a passionate cause, our listeners are sure to be inspired by impactful stories shared by our guests about the issues that matter more than ever,” said Shegerian.

To book a guest on the show, contact producer Linda Ramos at

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