People & Appointments: Moves at EdenTree, Norges Bank, NNIP and more

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Melanie Brookes has left her position as Head of ESG Risk Monitoring at Norges Bank Investment Management to become Head Of Sustainability at CARN Capital. Brookes had worked for the Norwegian asset manager since 2015 and had held her latest position since January of last year. CARN is a Norwegian asset manager dedicated to sustainability. 

Former HSBC Global Asset Management UK CEO, Andy Clark, has joined EdenTree Investment Management as CEO. He will replace Sue Round, who has been interim CEO and will retain her primary role as Deputy Chairperson. Clark will also join the group management board of EdenTree’s parent company, Ecclesiastical Insurance. 

Vlad Mitroi has joined London-based credit specialists Chenavari Investment Managers to work on ESG Integration. Mitroi has previously worked at ING and Overlay. He will now work on tightening Chenavari’s processes to account for material ESG issues, as well as formalising its ESG integration programme.

Financial markets data provider Refinitiv has appointed Dewi John to lead Lipper UK research. In a statement, Refinitiv said “there is more demand than ever to have transparent, accurate and comparable ESG data and analytics for the fund management industry”, adding that Dewi will help develop UK-focused ESG fund scores. Dewi used to head up communications at Hermes Investment Management, and has also worked at UBS Wealth Management and the Financial Times group.

Danske Bank has promoted Erik Eliasson to head of Sustainable Investment, replacing Ulrika Hasselgren. Eliasson has worked for the Nordic Bank since 2015, most recently as Head of ESG Research & Analysis.

Alecta has established a new group dedicated to Corporate Governance & Sustainability within its asset management unit. The group brings together employees at Sweden’s biggest pension fund, headed by sustainability manager Carina Silberg. The move comes as Ramsay Brufer, long-term leader of Alecta's corporate governance work, prepares for retirement in 2021. He will continue in the role of owner manager and assist Carina Silberg in building up the new group.

Alan Jope, CEO at Unilever, Kewsong Lee, Co-CEO at The Carlyle Group and Mark Wiedman, Senior Managing Director at BlackRock will join FCLTGlobal’s Board of Directors. The non-profit, which stands for Focusing Capital on the Long Term, develops research and tools on long-term business and investing. Its board members must hold leadership roles at its member organisations. Alongside their appointments, board members Vijay Advani (Nuveen) and Paul Polman (IMAGINE, formerly Unilever) will step down.

NN Investment Partners (NNIP) will absorb the six-strong emerging market debt team of MN – the pensions manager of Dutch metal schemes PMT and PME – and $4bn (€3.4bn) worth of EMD mandates. The move comes after the emerging markets unit at NNIP saw an exodus of portfolio managers over a dispute about ESG integration last year. The transfer will be finalised mid-September.

Ambienta has named two new partners, Gwenaelle Le Ho Daguzan in France and Hans Haderer in Germany. Daguzan joins the sustainability-focused asset manager as the firm’s first female partner and brings over 20 years of experience, having last worked at Bridgepoint. Haderer is an ex- Senior Partner at BC Partners and has also worked at the Boston Consulting Group and Goldman Sachs. Nico Helling is leaving Ambienta, where he was a partner from 2015. 

ESG specialist, MainStreet Partners has appointed Unigeston's former Head of Global Intermediary Distribution, Simone Gallo, as Managing Director; and Neill Blanks as Research Director. Gallo served on the firm’s ESG Investment Advisory Board and continues to serve on Titanbay’s Advisory Board. Blanks joins from RM Caldecott & Partners.

Credit Suisse has hired Yalun (Aaron) Feng as a Project Manager for Environment and Energy. Feng was an Associate at the bank during his MBA in Environmental Management, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Investing at Yale University.

HSBC has appointed oil & gas specialist Jan Laubjerg as Global Head of Natural Resources within its Advisory and Investment Banking Coverage team. Laubjerg is Co-Founder of FlowStream Commodities and has worked for Nomura and Goldman Sachs. The move comes just days after HSBC’s asset management arm launched Pollination Climate Asset Management, highlighting the distinction the group makes between “natural resources” and “natural capital”. 

Costa Rica's former Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez has been selected as the new CEO and Chairperson of the multilateral Global Environment Facility. In his new position, Rodriguez aims to scale up action on forestry, food and land use, and biodiversity loss. He takes over from Naoko Ishii, who served two terms as GEF CEO and Chairperson, and is now Director of the Center for Global Commons at the University of Tokyo.