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People & Appointments: Redington appoints head of stewardship

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Paul Lee has joined Redington as its Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investment Strategy. Lee has worked on independent projects since leaving his role as Head of Corporate Governance – Stewardship at Aberdeen Asset Management in 2018. He has previously held roles at the BT Pension Scheme, Hermes EOS and was Head of Investment Affairs at the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds.

Masamichi Kono will join the IFRS Foundation as a trustee at the start of July. Kono, currently serving as Deputy Secretary General at the OECD has more than four decades experience in the financial sphere. He has held senior roles at the Japanese Financial Services Agency and Ministry of Finance, and served as Chairman of the IOSCO Technical Committee and of the IOSCO Board. The foundation has also issued a call for nominations for the Chair and Vice-Chair of a new International Sustainability Standards Board within the foundation. 

The Global Reporting Initiative has put out its annual recruitment call for six vacancies on its Global Sustainability Standards Board, responsible for developing GRI standards, and three vacancies on its Due Process Oversight Committee, which ensures the integrity of activities relating to GRI standard setting. The call for applicants to join the GRI’s Board of Directors and its Stakeholder Council has been delayed pending the outcome of a governance review.

Yohan Hill has been appointed as Adams Street’s new Director of ESG and Responsible Investing. Hill, who has more than a decade of experience in ESG policies, was Manager of ESG Innovation and Analytics at S&P Global Trucost before joining the private markets investment management firm.

Jeanett Bergan has joined Aker Horizons as Sustainability Director. Bergan leaves her role as Head of Responsible Investments at KLP, where she spent 12 years. She has previously held ESG roles at both PwC and KPMG. Aker Horizons is a renewable energy investment company majority owned by Norwgian oil and gas services company Aker.

Arabesque has announced the appointment of three new Senior Advisors. Jürgen Fitschen, former CEO of Deutsche Bank and former President of the Association of German Banks, is to join its board as well as becoming an Advisor, while former COO at Allianz SE Christof Mascher joins its Senior Advisor Committee, alongside Lars Jaeger, Head of Alternative Risk Premia at GAM Systematic.

Meryam Omi, LGIM’s Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy, has joined the Chatham House Sustainability Accelerator as an Associate Fellow. 

Benjamin Combes has joined Monitor Deloitte as the Director of a new Net Zero transformation team. Combes, who is also a visiting senior fellow at the LSE, leaves his role as Assistant Director at PwC, where he co-founded its UK innovation and sustainability practice and served as an advisor to both and the World Economic Forum.

Fannie Mae is hiring a Lead Associate – Climate Impact – Product Management based in Washington DC.

American Century Investments has created a new Sustainable Investment Council, chaired by Senior Vice President Patricia Ribeiro, and appointed Matt Oldroyd, its Head of Client Portfolio Management to the new role of Head of Corporate Sustainability. The newly created council will be composed of selected portfolio managers from across disciplines and partner with ACI’s ESG and Investment Stewardship team.

Nordic private equity house Polaris has promoted Martin Bang-Löwgren to Head of Sustainability. Bang-Löwgren joined Polaris in 2009 and has worked with a number of portfolio companies since then.

Luc Pez has been appointed co-fund manager for the OYSTER Sustainable Europe fund. Pez, who has more than two decades experience in finance, was founder and managing director of Rare Earth Advisory, has worked as a basic resources analyst for a number of firms and is a certified ESG analyst. He joins Louis Larère.