People & Appointments: Changes for Geraldine Leegwater, Anne Simpson and Doug Morrow

The latest ESG movers and shakers

PGGM has appointed Geraldine Leegwater as Chief Investment Management, starting in November. Leegwater is currently chairs the investment committee at fellow Dutch pension fund ABP and is a member of the investment committee of De Nederlandsche Bank; but will quit both positions to move to PGGM. She succeeds Eloy Lindeijer, who has occupied this role since 2011.

Anne Simpson, CalPERS' Executive Office as Director of Board Governance and Strategy, is stepping down from the US Securities & Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee, according to a statement from the financial regulator. She has been on the committee since 2016. 

The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) elected four new members to its Board of Governors: Henry Jones, President at CalPERS, Michael Herskovich, Global Head of Corporate Governance at BNP Paribas Asset Management, France and Chair of the French Asset Management Association’s Corporate Governance Committee; Rob Lewenson, Head of ESG Engagement at Old Mutual Investment Group, South Africa; and Susanne Stormer, Chief Sustainability Advisor at Novo Nordisk, Denmark.

Rhonda Brauer has joined the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) as Climate & Environmental Justice Associate Programme Director. Brauer founded ESG consultancy firm RLB Governance in 2018. 

Axel Hesse has joined consultancy Zeb as a Senior Manager of Sustainable Finance. Hesse has been working for more than 25 years in sustainable finance, founding data specialists SD-M in 2012. He worked as Director of ESG integration at Metzler Asset Management between 2016 and 2019. Hesse will continue to be a shareholder in SD-M. 

Doug Morrow has left Sustainalytics to join BMO Capital Markets as Director of ESG Strategy. Morrow was Director of Portfolio Research at Sustainalytics, and had worked for the firm for six years. In his new role, he will lead BMO's strategy of integrating ESG into its equity research products.

The Boeing Company has named Christopher Raymond as its Chief Sustainability Officer, a newly-created position reporting to Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith. Raymond has been responsible for Boeing's sustainability strategy in April 2020, when his existing strategic role was expanded to consider environmental and social issues.

Tribe Impact Capital has hired Katharine Samuels, Aaron Gaide and Cate Quentin as Wealth Managers to work with high net worth individuals, family offices, corporate clients and charitable institutions. Samuels joins from Barclays Wealth, where she was a Vice President in the Special Focus Team for three years; Gaide was previously Managing Director at Pacer Financial in San Francisco; and Quentin joins from Standard Bank Group, where she spent seven years as a Wealth Manager specialising in high net worth individuals from, or operating in, West Africa.

The Office of the New York State Comptroller is seeking a Junior Corporate Governance Officer to help the Bureau of Corporate Governance with the continued implementation of the New York State Common Retirement Fund’s Climate Action Plan. The deadline for submissions is October 23. 

Marga Hoek has become a member of the Supervisory Board at Swiss fund manager SUSI Partners. Hoek sat on BMO Global Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Council and was the CEO of Dutch Sustainable Business. She will retain her roles on advisory councils at Redevco, Aegon Nederland, ArcTern Ventures, Earth Capital, CMi, and Mazars Nederland. 

Private markets manager Hamilton Lane has appointed Paul Yett as Director of ESG and Sustainability, where he will lead its ESG integration strategy, reporting to Brian Gildea, Head of Investments. Yett has worked at Hamilton Lane since 1998 as Managing Director of the relationship management team.

Outgoing CIO of Christian Super, Tim Macready, has reflected on his time at the Australian faith-based fund in an interview marking his departure. He discusses moving beyond negative screening and into shareholder engagement. Macready has worked at Christian Super since 2016 and will become CIO at Brightlight Impact Advisory.