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People & Appointments: Natixis IM names new Head of Sustainability following Walkate departure

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Harald Walkate, Head of ESG and Member of the Executive Board at Natixis Investment Managers, has left the firm and will be replaced by Nathalie Wallace under the new title Global Head of Sustainable Investing. Wallace joins from Natixis’ responsible investment subsidiary Mirova US, where she was Head of ESG Strategy & Development. She takes up the Boston-based role on September 1, reporting to Joseph Pinto, the firm’s Head of Distribution for Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia Pacific. It is understood that Walkate, who has also been Global Head of Responsible Investment at Aegon Asset Management, left his position at Natixis last month after nearly three years. His next steps are not currently known. In June, he took on a part time role at the Dutch Founders Fund, a venture capital fund that invests in marketplaces and digital platforms across Europe.

Emma Howard Boyd has been named interim Chair of the UK’s Green Finance Institute. Howard Boyd, who chairs the country’s Environment Agency, replaces Sir Roger Gifford, who passed away earlier this year. The GFI has also announced a new advisory board including Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute; Sarah Breeden, Executive Director for Financial Stability, Strategy and Risk at the Bank of England; Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment; James Cameron, Founder of Climate Change Capital and James Cameron and Co; Emily Shuckburg, Director of Cambridge Zero; Sheldon Mills, Executive Director of Consumers and Competition at the Financial Conduct Authority; and Nicholas Hurd, former Member of Parliament and Chair of impact investing platform (ix) investments. 

Bruce Schlein has joined New York-based OMERS Infrastructure as its new Head of ESG. Schlein spent 15 years at Citi, holding a number of roles including Director of Corporate Sustainability and Director of Citi Impact Investing. He is also a Board Member at the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation.

Sustainability-focused investment house Federated Hermes has appointed Gemma Corrigan as its Head of Policy and Advocacy. Corrigan joins from the World Economic Forum, where she was a Senior Economist and Lead on the Sustainable Markets Initiative. She has previously worked at the UN and the US Embassy in London.

Jon Cunliffe has joined B&CE as its new Investment Managing Director. In October, Cunliffe will join the UK pension scheme – originally called the Building & Civil Engineering Holiday Scheme Management Limited – which now runs the £15bn ‘People’s Pension’ workplace pension scheme. He was previously Chief Investment Officer at Charles Stanley, and has held roles at Tesco Pension Investment, Aberdeen Asset Management and the Bank of England.

Apollo Global Management is hiring an Impact Measurement and Monitoring Associate based in San Francisco.

US regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has appointed Darrin Benhart as its first Climate Change Risk Officer. Benhart, who joined the OCC in 1992, moves from his role in OCC Large Bank Supervision, where he was a member of the team overseeing Bank of America.

Public interest law firm Frank Bold is recruiting a Policy Officer in Corporate Responsibility and an expert  to help it develop EU standards for business transparency and sustainability.

The trustees of the IFRS Foundation have reiterated their call for nominees for Chair and Vice-Chair of the proposed International Sustainability Standards board.

Jane Pittaway has joined the advisory board of Lawyers for Net Zero. Pittaway, a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, is currently a Lawyer and Sustainability Consultant at AuDela Intelligence, which she co-founded.

Bev Shah has joined ESG investment platform The Big Exchange as Independent Non-Executive Director. Shah, Founder and CEO of diversity-focused think-tank City Hive, is on the advisory board of the City of London socio-economic diversity taskforce and has more than 15 years experience in investment, including at Aviva Investors, HSBC and Lehman Brothers.

Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen, the industry association for sustainable investment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is searching for a new CEO. 

Erik Norland has joined sustainability house V-Square Quantitative Management as Head of Distribution. Norland was head of Nordics at Northern Trust Asset Management for 11 years, along with V-Square founder Mamadou-Abou Sarr, who was North Trust’s Head of ESG until last year.  

Fitch Ratings is hiring an Associate Director and Director for its climate risk team, based in London.