Karen Pflug

Chief Sustainability Officer at the Ingka Group, Innovation Director at Nike, & Member on the Board of Trustees at The Christchurch Foundation New Zealand Ltd

  • Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA
  • Apparel Director, Reebok
  • Innovation Director, Nike
  • Member on the Board of Trustees at The Christchurch Foundation New Zealand Ltd

  • 2022 – Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA
  • 2019 – Chief Executive Officer , Ikano Insight
  • 2014 – Global Head of Quality, IKEA
  • 2013 – Global Head of Innovation, Triumph International
  • 2010 – Global Apparel Director, Skins SITAG
  • 2008 – Apparel Director, Reebok
  • 2007 – Innovation Director, Nike
  • 2005 – Senior Merchandiser Manager, Nike
  • 2003 – Apparel Merchandise Manager, Nike
  • 1999- Menswear Product Manager, Country Road Group
  • 1996 – Apparel Brand Manager, Wools of New Zealand
  • 1990 – Textile Research Scientist, Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand

Karen Pflug is admired for the remarkable career she has created. As the current Chief Sustainability Officer at the Ingka Group, she has devoted her career to reducing the impact that the retail industry is having on the environment. With her expertise ranging from textiles, sportswear, and home furnishing, Karen is knowledgeable in many areas and is now to share her knowledge on sustainability and business topics with audiences as a versatile speaker.

Having graduated from the University of Manchester with a First Class Bsc in Textile Design & Design Management, Karen began her professional career as a Textile Research Scientist in New Zealand. Well-travelled, she has been able to secure various senior management positions worldwide at profound multinational companies such as Reebok, Nike, and Skins. Recognised for her commendable career achievements, Karen is also a Member of the Board of Trustees at The Christchurch Foundation New Zealand Ltd. Part of an incredible charity, she aims to develop the church and restore its beauty over time using the generous donations they receive.

A highly motivated individual, Karen has gained vast amounts of industry experience in innovation, design, and quality whilst working for various global brands throughout her career. A specialist in her field, she has showcased her abilities as a strategic manager having led several major business transformations. Having fulfilled many high-profile job roles that allow her to work towards a reduced business impact on the environment, and has gained a respectable reputation as a result of this.

With over 25 years of experience in leading innovation, design, and quality for global brands, Karen Pflug has now become a highly sought-after speaker for events ranging from corporate events to after-dinner speeches. A veteran of innovation and sustainability, Karen has all the knowledge needed to deliver speeches to a range of audiences. When looking for an industry expert who is ready to share their expertise and career journey, look no further than Karen.

To enquire about Karen Pflug for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@sustainability-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.