We are excited to announce that Dr. Peter Thomas will be the new Executive Director for the Marine Mammal Commission starting on Jan 1, 2018! Peter is a cetacean biologist and animal behaviorist and brings almost two decades of experience in environmental diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State and Fish and Wildlife Service to his new role. Peter has been the International and Policy Program Director with the Commission for over 8 years and will be replacing our current Executive Director, Dr. Rebecca Lent, who is moving on to lead the International Whaling Commission as its Executive Secretary. Rebecca has been an outstanding leader, colleague and friend of the Commission. Although she will be missed, we are pleased that Rebecca is staying within the broader marine mammal community and look forward to supporting her and Peter in their new roles!