People & Appointments: Church of England Pensions Board, AllianceBernstein, Societe Generale, Edentree

The latest ESG movers and shakers

The Church of England Pensions Board has appointed Michael Pratten as its Chief Investment Officer; he will join in November. Most recently Pratten was the Interim CIO for the London CIV, where he was responsible for managing the internal investment team, developing the investment strategy and manager infrastructure at the London fund. He will report to John Ball, Chief Executive, and work alongside the Investment Team’s Co-Director, Adam Matthews who leads on Ethics & Engagement.

AllianceBernstein has named Jodie Tapscott as Director of Strategy Responsible Investing and Amelia Sexton as ESG Product Specialist; both will be based in London. Tapscott was most recently Director of Client Relations and Head of Asia ex Japan at Sustainalytics; in her new role she will report to Michelle Dunstan, Global Head of Responsible Investing. Sexton was most recently Head of Ethical, Sustainable and Thematic Investment at Holden & Partners; she will report into Scott Krauthamer, Global Head of Product Management and Strategy.

Société Générale has expanded its Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance franchise in the Asia Pacific with the appointment of Yasmine Djeddai as Head of Sustainable Finance, a newly created role in the region. Djeddai has worked for the French bank since 2005; her most recent role was Head of Export Finance UK.

T. Rowe Price has hired the former Diversity Officer at Morgan Stanley, Raymone Jackson, as the asset manager’s new Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Jackson will be responsible for overseeing the current D&I programmes as well as implementing new strategies to help the company improve the attraction, development, and retention of diverse associates. He will join in late October and be based at T. Rowe Price’s corporate headquarters in Baltimore.

The Co-operative Bank has announced the appointment of Nick Slape, Chief Financial Officer since 2018, as CEO. Slape succeeds Andrew Bester, who has stepped down after overseeing the bank's transformation plan. Slape has a 37-year-career in the industry with stints at Lloyds Banking Group, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.

Jordi Lesaffer has been promoted to Country Director of Vigeo Eiris (VE) Belgium, heading up the firm’s Brussels team. He will continue as Product Manager Controversy Risk Assessment; Lesaffer has worked for the ESG data provider, and affiliate of Moody’s, since 2005.

Bfinance has appointed Anna Morrison as Senior Director, Private Markets; Morrison will lead the Private Equity advisory practice and becomes the third Senior Director in the investment consultant’s Private Markets team. 

Federated Hermes has hired three Business Development Directors in the Asia-Pacific region. Gary Horton becomes Head of Distribution, Australia and New Zealand; he joins from Janus Henderson where he was Head of Institutional business in Australia. Alex Ng joins as Head of Wholesale Distribution Asia, based in Singapore, joining from Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia). Mark Coppell joins Ng in Singapore, having previously distributed Federated Investors products to the UK, European, and Middle Eastern markets.

Edentree Investment Management’s Deputy Chair Sue Round has been named as the investment manager’s interim CIO, taking over from Robin Hepworth, who is stepping down but remaining with the firm as a senior fund manager focusing on real estate. 

Danish power company Ørsted has announced Patricia DiOrio as its new Head of Project Development. Based in Boston, she will lead the company’s North American Offshore Project Development team. She was most recently Vice President of US Strategy at National Grid.