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CDP names ex-SocGen analyst Carole Ferguson to head investor research

Sell-side mining analyst to provide reports to investors

Investor-backed environmental data body the CDP has appointed former Société Générale Asset Management analyst Carole Ferguson to lead its investor research arm.

Ferguson – most recently a sell-side mining analyst for London-based boutique SP Angel – will be responsible for expanding CDP’s research capability across sectors and markets.

She is taking the role previously held by Rick Stathers, who is now Head of Investor Initiatives having taken over from James Hulse who left last year.

Stathers, the former Head of Responsible Investment at Schroders, originally joined the CDP in June last year to take the investor research role previously held by James Magness, who left to join Verrazzano Capital.

The CDP’s sector research has already covered automobiles, chemicals, utilities, oil and gas, steel and cement. The next topic of the series will be mining, due next month.

CDP’s investor research team recently came runners up at the Responsible Investor Awards for Innovation and Leadership, and have won awards such as Investment Week’s Best SRI Research House and were voted Best Climate Change research in the Extel IRRI poll for two years running.

Stathers, noting the role investors are playing in the low-carbon transition via initiatives like the Taskforce for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), said Ferguson’s “extensive research background and knowledge of sustainability will be important in driving our team towards further success.”Ferguson, who holds an MBA from London Business School, is just completing an MSc in Economics and Policy on Energy and the Environment at University College London (UCL).

In a busy week for job movers, Man Group, the listed alternatives firm that traces its roots back to 1783, has named Steven Desmyter as Head of Responsible Investment and chair of its Responsible Investment Committee. Desmyter, who is a member of Man Group’s Executive Committee and Head of Sales across EMEA, will also continue in his current role.

Man has also appointed Jason Mitchell as Sustainability Strategist, in addition to his current role on Man GLG’s European and international equity teams. He joined the firm in 2004 and has chaired the Principles for Responsible Investment’s Hedge Fund Advisory Committee since 2014, is a member of the Plastic Disclosure Project Steering Committee and part of the Tobacco Free Portfolios Working Group.

And in a further move, Comgest has named Eric Voravong as an ESG Analyst. He’s the third dedicated ESG Analyst to join Comgest’s 42-strong investment team and will cover Asian companies – working alongside Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel and Yann Gerain. Voravong, a 27-year industry veteran, joins Comgest from his own consulting firm.

Thévoux-Chabuel recently wrote in the FT about how the rise of populism has forced asset managers to gauge the threat to their portfolios “from a new angle”.