Flagstar Bank in Troy has named Kirby Brendsel as its director of environmental, social, governance (ESH), and sustainability.
In this newly created role, Brendsel will lead a team to oversee the growth and development of Flagstar’s ESG and sustainability efforts focused on people, planet, and performance.
“I have always wanted to make a difference in my work. Working with a like-minded brand like Flagstar that also wants to make a difference in our communities felt like the right next step for me,” Brendsel says.
“The bank is highly committed to corporate responsibility, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with local community-giving through the Flagstar Foundation. They already have a solid foundation in place that I’m excited to build on while working to grow and advance ESG and sustainability.”
Brendsel brings nearly two decades of ESG experience, including a background in foundation leadership, sustainability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Most recently he was with Welltower Inc., and earlier in his career, with Nuveen and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
“Kirby brings a high level of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for ESG and sustainability, and he has already added tremendous value and insight to our company,” says Beth Correa, director of corporate responsibility for Flagstar.
“We’re committed to making a difference through our environmental, social, and governance initiatives, and I’m looking forward to Kirby’s leadership in engaging our key stakeholders in strengthening Flagstar’s impact on our people, planet, and performance.”
In his short time at the bank, Brendsel has already launched initiatives such as the Green Team employee resource group, leading Flagstar’s efforts to become an Energy Star Partner and attaining green building certifications. Flagstar will release its next ESG annual report in the spring of 2023.