People & Appointments: Mercer names US Head of Responsible Investment

The latest ESG movers and shakers

David Fanger has been named Head of Responsible Investment for the US for consulting giant Mercer. Fanger was previously CEO of Swell Investing, an impact investing company and subsidiary of Pacific Life that closed in 2019. 

Curtis Ravenel has confirmed that he will be supporting Mark Carney in boosting the private finance component of the COP26 climate negotiations in 2021. Ravenel spent nearly two decades at Bloomberg, more than half of which as Global Head of Sustainable Business & Finance. He is on the Secretariat of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, which was co-founded by Michael Bloomberg and Carney. Ravenel was also part of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, where he advised the European Commission on regulation around ESG disclosure. Now, he is Senior Advisor to Carney, via the UK Treasury. Carney stepped down as Governor of the Bank of English in the spring, to become COP26 Finance Advisor and UN Special Envoy. 

Kirstine Lund Christiansen, Head of ESG at P+ Pensionskassen for Akademikere, the Danish pension scheme for academic, has been made a Senior Vice President. She remains Head of ESG – a role she has held for nearly four years – and a board member at the Danish Sustainable Investment Forum.

Tom Jess is to lead the finance programme at the Club of Rome, the high-profile non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainable economic growth. Jess has been a policy advisor at environmental NGO E3G for 18 months. In his new role, which he will start this month, he will also support Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, who is both Co-President of the Club of Rome and a Senior Associate for E3G. 

Deutsche Bank has appointed Henrike Pfannenberg as Head of the ESG Competence Team for the Corporate Bank. Pfannenberg has many years of experience in sustainable finance, including four years at GLS Bank and most recently as a member of the Sustainable Finance Team within Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank. 

The Path, a climate-focused financial advisory firm, has appointed Joanna Coull as a Senior Adviser. Coull previously worked for independent financial advisers Chiltern Consultancy, where she set up the Chiltern Women in Business group to support financial resilience for women and coordinate women interested in green and sustainable issues.

Sean Kidney has been appointed by the SOAS Centre for Sustainable Finance as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance. Kidney is Co-Founder and CEO of the NGO Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and serves as a member of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, helping it develop rules on green bonds. 

Alec Stais has stepped down as Chief Investment Officer of the $8.3bn Rhode Island Employees' Retirement System (ERSRI) to join Providence Health & Services, described as a “for-profit Catholic healthcare system operating multiple hospitals across eight states”. His replacement is yet to be selected.  

Jeroen van Herwaarden has been named as the new fund manager of Triodos Euro Bond Impact Fund, succeeding William de Vries, who became Director of Impact Equities & Bonds in February. Van Herwaarden currently works in the Triodos Impact Equities & Bonds team as a Portfolio Manager. Before joining Triodos in 2015, he held positions in fixed income investment research and investment advisory at ABN AMRO, Van Lanschot and MeesPierson.