Standard Chartered has poached Marisa Drew to become its new Chief Sustainability Officer. Drew, who leaves her role as Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of the Sustainability Strategy, Advisory & Finance Group at Credit Suisse, will chair Standard Chartered’s group sustainability forum, drive the bank’s net zero commitments and lead its sustainable finance and strategy teams. Drew, who sits on a number of high-level working groups and panels for organisations including the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, the World Economic Forum and the UN, is the second high-profile departure from Credit Suisse this month following Dana Barsky’s departure as Global Head of Sustainable Finance to join a sustainability SPAC. According to an internal memo seen by RI and confirmed by a spokesperson, Credit Suisse has appointed Emma Crystal to replace Drew, effective 1 April. Crystal has been with Credit Suisse since 2013, most recently leading the international wealth management business for Northern & Western Europe, as well as the wealth management Sustaianble Client Solutions unit. In her new role she will be responsible "to deliver on our existing Sustainability commitments, including expanding our wealth management product shelf, investment banking financing offering and net zero deliverables", said the bank memo. The spokesperson said there would be an update on Barsky's replacement "in due course".
Eugenia Unanyants-Jackson has been appointed to the newly created role of Global Head of ESG at PGIM. Unanyants-Jackson joined PGIM’s fixed income division in 2020 as its first Head of ESG Research and helped develop its ESG impact ratings. She will be replaced in her previous role by John Ploeg and Armelle de Vienne.
Moody's has hired Tobias Lindbergh to head up its second party opinion business in the EMEA and APAC regions. Lindbergh, who will be joining as a Senior Vice President, leaves his role as Head of Sustainable Finance at Handelsbanken's debt capital markets unit, where he has served for nine years. He sits on the board of Swedish sustainable investment forum Swesif.
The GRESB Foundation has announced the appointees to its inaugural board, selected from investor members and industry partners. Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer at City Developments Limited; Matt Christensen, Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing at Allianz Global Investors; Vincent Felteau, Senior Director, Responsible Investment in Private Markets at PSP Investments; Maarten Jennen, Senior Director Private Real Estate at PGGM; Helena Olin, Head of Real Assets at AP2; Will MacAuley, General Manager, Unlisted Assets at HESTA; Dominique Moerenhout, CEO of EPRA; and Mary Nicholson, Head of Responsible Investment at Macquarie Asset Management all join the board alongside the five current members of the interim Foundation Council.
Matt Christensen has also been announced as the leader of Allianz Global Investor’s new dedicated private markets impact unit. He will be joined by 12 members, including Martin Ewald, Lead Portfolio Manager for three impact and climate action funds, and Nadia Nikolova, also Lead Portfolio Manager and head of the development finance and private debt impact investment team.
Christopher Greenwald has left his role as Head of Sustainable Investment Research and Specialists at UBS Asset Management to become Head of Sustainable Investment at Swiss private bank LGT. Greenwald spent almost five years at UBS, before which he was Head of Sustainability Investing Research at RobecoSAM.
Real estate investor LaSalle Investment Management has hired Alex Edds to head up its sustainability operations in Europe. Edds, who leaves his role as Director of Innovation at real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle, is joined by Brett Ormrod, who leaves Lendlease to become Net Zero Carbon Lead, and Adam Dawson, previously Interim Head of Operations (Asia) at Reall, who joins as UK Sustainability Manager.
Fiona Mann has become Head of Listed Equities and ESG at LGIA Super. Mann, who spent 10 years as Director at Antipodal Capital Management, was previously an ESG Analyst at Energy Super.
The University Pension Plan Ontario is hiring an Analyst, Responsible Investing.
Daniel Hanson has joined Neuberger Berman to lead its US sustainable equity team. Hanson, who left his role as Chief Investment Officer at Ivy Investments in November, has also held roles at JANA Partners and Jarislowsky Fraser as well as a 10-year stint at BlackRock managing its socially responsible equity strategy. He will replace Ingrid Dyott and Sajjad Ladiwala – who are both retiring – as portfolio manager for Neuberger’s sustainable equity fund in April.
Kurt Summers, former City Treasurer of Chicago, has joined Blackstone Infrastructure Partners as its Head of Public-Private Partnerships. As Treasurer, Summers wrote to all State Treasurers urging them to take advantage of the “enormous value proposition” of ESG integration.
Clare Bartram has been promoted to ESG Specialist at ISS ESG. Bartram, who joined the firm in August 2020, will be leading ISS’ work on modern slavery.
Catherine Abreu has joined think tank E3G as a Senior Associate working with its climate neutral energy systems team. Abreu was most recently Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada.
EQT Future has made three new appointments to its mission board, and appointed a new Impact Director. Ho Ching, former CEO of Temasek; Naina Lal Kidwai, former Country Head at HSBC India and Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara Internation all join the board, with Heeda Pahlson-Moller, co-Founder and CEO of Tiime.org joining at Impact Director.
JP Morgan Asset Management has hired Tanya Barnes to lead its new sustainability-focused private equity team. Barnes, who leaves her role at the head of Blackstone’s Impact Platform, will become co-Managing Partner of the new team alongside Osei Van Horne, who has been at JP Morgan Asset Management since May last year.
Peter van den Tol has become a Senior Advisor on impact investing and ESG integration in real assets at MN. Van den Tol joined MN in 2017 as a Senior Investment Manager for real estate, and sits on the member advisory board of GRESB.
DBS bank is recruiting a ‘Sustainability Catalyst’ to work with in the office of its recently hired Chief Sustainability Officer Helge Muenkel.