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People and Appointments: Brown Advisory hires Janus alumni to lead sustainable fixed-income strategy

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Investment manager Brown Advisory has hired three new portfolio managers to establish and lead a global sustainable fixed-income strategy team. Chris Diaz, former Co-Head of Global Bonds at Janus Henderson; Ryan Myerberg, most recently Head of Absolute Return Fixed Income at Amundi; and Colby Stilson who was a managing partner at the TIFIN Group will lead the team. All three have previously worked together at Janus Capital.

Doug Holmes, Head of Sustainability Research at Regnan, is to retire after 25 years in the sustainability industry. Holmes began his sustainability career in 1985 as a Project Manager for the UN Energy Programme in Tonga and was Director of Monash Sustainability Enterprises for 14 years.

Granville Martin is joining the non-profit Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as Director of US Policy and Outreach. He will lead SASB’s engagement on ESG disclosure with US policymakers. Most recently Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Society for Corporate Governance, Martin was also a Managing Director of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase for 11 years.

Rogier Snijdewind has been promoted to Senior Director of Active Ownership at PGGM Investments, following 13 years as a Senior Advisor at the Dutch pension manager.

Harald Walkate, Head of CSR and ESG at Natixis Investment Management, has joined the Faculty Board at the AIF Institute’s Centre for ESG and Sustainable Investing. 

The Japanese government has established a new 10-strong expert committee to promote climate change countermeasures, chaired by Professor Motoshige Ito of Gakushuin University. Four committee members – Yukari Takamura and Naoko Ishii, both of the University of Tokyo, Mari Yoshitaka, from Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting, and Miho Kurosaki from Bloomberg New Energy Finance – are also members of the Green Finance Network Japan. The Climate Change Countermeasures Promotion Office will serve as the secretariat, and the Prime Minister and other relevant ministers will also take part. Its creation comes just weeks after Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat Office set up a Climate Change Office co-led by the Green Finance Network’s Secretary General, Hideki Takada. 

Myeong Cho has left his role as a Director at the International Corporate Governance Network, according to a filing with Companies House. Cho is a Professor at the Korea University Business School, and has also served as a board member at Samsung, SK, Lotte and the Korea Investment Corporation. 

The University of Oxford’s sustainable finance programme is recruiting for a Head of Capacity Building and Partnerships, a Head of Transition Finance Research, and a Senior Research Associate.

Angela ‘Angie’ Wood has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at North Sky Capital, an impact investing private equity fund based in Minneapolis. She replaces Denise Galvin, who will be taking on a part-time role as Strategic Advisor with the firm.

Eric Cooperström, formerly a Senior Director at the Nature Conservancy’s impact investment arm, has joined Hancock Natural Resource Group as Managing Director. He will be responsible for sustainable and responsible product development in forestry and agriculture, as part of parent company Manulife Investment Management’s new focus on impact investments.