People and appointments: JP Morgan, APG, Regnan, La Française, CCLA’s Corporate Mental Health Benchmark, Coller Foundation

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Yo Takatsuki has been appointed Head of Investment Stewardship for EMEA at JP Morgan Asset Management. Takatsuki leaves AXA Investment Managers, where he was head of the firm’s Investment Stewardship and Active Ownership programme. He was previously at BMO Global Asset Management, and spent a decade as a news producer and broadcast journalist.

Dutch pension provider APG has named Annette Mosman as its first ever female CEO. Mosman, who is currently Chief Finance and Risk Officer, a role she has held since 2018, will succeed outgoing CEO Gerard van Olphen on April 1st. Mosman was CEO of insurance company Generali Nederland before joining APG, and had previously worked at KPMG. Her replacement as CFRO has not yet been announced.

Jens-Christian Stougaard has been appointed CEO of the Danish Recovery Fund, set up in 2020 to make capital contributions to Danish companies affected by Covid-19. Stougaard was previously Chair of investor network Dansif and Senior Vice President Business Development, Analysis, Public Affairs and CSR at PensionDanmark.

Regnan, the Australian ESG firm that’s now building a responsible investment business affiliated with J O Hambro Capital Management, has hired Bertrand Lecourt and Saurabh Sharma ahead of the launch of a global equities sustainable water and waste investment strategy. Both Lecourt, who is to join as Senior Fund Manager, and Sharma, who is to join as Fund Manager, are leaving Fidelity International in April.

Roland Rott has been appointed Head of ESG and Sustainable Investment Research for asset managers La Française Group. He has been promoted from his previous role as Managing Director of the ESG Research Centre, which he has held since 2018.

Paul Farmer, the CEO of mental health charity Mind, former HBOS chair Lord Dennis Stevenson and Elena Espinoza, Acting Head of Social Issues at the Principles for Responsible Investment, have joined the Expert Advisory Panel of CCLA’s Corporate Mental Health Benchmark, a new initiative by the UK asset manager. The panel will be co-chaired by Stevenson and Elizabeth Sheldon, chief operating officer at CCLA, and will provide independent technical guidance on workplace mental health issues.

Former head of Fairtrade, Harriet Lamb, has joined the Fair Tax Mark’s board of directors. Lamb, who was awarded a CBE in 2006, is currently CEO of climate solutions charity Ashden. 

Chelverton Asset Management, the UK-based boutique, has appointed Sally Clifton to the newly created position of Responsible Investing Manager. Clifton has 25 years experience in the finance industry and was most recently Head of Responsible Investing at Quilter Investors.

Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja has been appointed as a director of environmental charity Client Earth. Ugirashebuja is the current president of the East African Court of Justice.

Citigroup is setting up a team of ESG experts in Tokyo. Ten people were selected in January to serve as ESG specialists, Citigroup Japan Holdings Chairman Fumiaki Kurahara was quoted as saying in an interview.

The Jeremy Coller Foundation, the grant-making body behind initiatives like animal protein group the FAIRR Initiative, has appointed Dr Helena Wright as its new Policy Director. Wright was previously Vice President of Sustainable Finance at the World Wide Fund for Nature.