People & Appointments: BNY Mellon taps BlackRock for its first chief sustainability officer

The latest ESG movers and shakers: BNY Mellon names Muldoon as first chief sustainability officer; Money to lead Allianz GI global sustainability team.

BNY Mellon has appointed Meaghan Muldoon as the bank’s first chief sustainability officer. Muldoon joins from BlackRock where she worked for more than seven years, most recently as global head of ESG integration, and previously as EMEA head of sustainable investing. She also spent more than three years at the US Department of the Treasury.

David Antonioli, founding CEO of carbon credit standard-setter Verra, is stepping down after more than 14 years in the role. He will be succeeded by president Judith Simon, who will serve as interim CEO. Antonioli will act as senior consultant to Verra’s board to advise on the transition.

Allianz Global Investors has appointed Giles Money to lead its new global sustainability/ SRI equity team. He is due to join AllianzGI as CIO of the team in August. Money joins from Sarasin and Partners, where he has been global portfolio manager for more than four years. He has also worked as portfolio and fund manager at Bank J Safra Sarasin, PIMCO, Schroders and F&C Asset Management.

Hannah Simons has been appointed head of sustainability at Lloyds Banking Group. She joins from Schroders, where she worked as head of fiduciary management before being promoted to head of sustainability strategy.

Fidelity International has promoted Emilie Goodall to its first head of stewardship for Europe. She previously worked as director of sustainable investing and impact. Goodall spent two years as a development impact and sustainability manager at Dutch development bank FMO. She has also worked for the Principles for Responsible Investment as head of implementation support and previously as head of environmental and social themed investing.

Tomas Dauden has left the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to join the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan as senior principal of sustainable investing. He spent more than five years at OTPP where he was most recently director of responsible investment and a member of the OTTP’s green bond council. Prior to that, Dauden was a climate change manager at EY. He is a member of the ESG advisory council at the Institutional Limited Partners Association.

Pierre Devichi is replacing Pauline Lejay as head of responsible investment at French public service pension scheme ERAFP. He joined ERAFP as a climate, biodiversity and responsible investment analyst more than two years ago.

Thomas Viegas has been appointed as partnerships lead on the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures. He leaves the Bank of England (BoE) where he worked for seven years, most recently in the market intelligence and analysis division and previously as a manager in the bank’s climate hub. Viegas has held several biodiversity roles, including working as a biodiversity working group member on the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, as the BoE’s representation on the UN’s Sustainable Insurance forum, and as a study group member on biodiversity and financial stability on behalf of the BoE at the joint Inspire and the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System study group.

Former CEO of Italian utility Enel Francesco Starace has joined EQT as a partner within the infrastructure advisory team. He was CEO for more than nine years, having previously been CEO of Enel Green Power for six years.

Eila Kreivi, chief sustainable finance adviser at the European Investment Bank, has been re-elected to the International Capital Market Association’s board for a second term. She has been a board member since July 2020 and is a member on the Platform on Sustainable Finance. She was also formerly chair of the executive committee of the Green Bond Principles.

Federated Hermes has appointed Andy Turnbull as senior investment manager of its UK nature impact strategy. He joins from Climate Impact Partners, where he worked as head of asset management for one year. Turnbull previously spent more than nine years as head of natural capital and sustainable investment at Bidwells.

Katarina Hammar has joined Nordea Funds as head of corporate governance. She leaves Lannebo Fonder where she worked as head of active ownership and sustainability. Hammar began her career at PwC before moving to AP4 and then joining Nordea in 2006. She was promoted to co-head of responsible investments in 2016, holding the role for three years before a switch to head of active ownership.

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s (ASFA) CEO Martin Fahy has stepped down following seven years in the role. Gary Dransfield has been appointed by the ASFA board as interim CEO. He is currently a non-executive director of Holland Insurance and the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. Dransfield was CEO of Suncorp Group for more than two years, served as president of the Insurance Council of New Zealand, and is also independent chair of the ASFA.

The Public Sector Accounting Board is seeking members for its Indigenous Advisory Group. The group will discuss the financial reporting needs of Indigenous governments and articulate Indigenous perspectives on the financial reports provided for accountability purposes. Candidates will be appointed for a three-year term, with the possibility of renewal for a second term.

Invesco is recruiting for a director of ESG research. The successful candidate will co-ordinate and set up tools and systems for impact research and engagement.

The Institute for Human Rights and Business and the London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment are recruiting for a research consultant to support a joint project mapping just transition principles against the spectrum of financial capital. Applications close on 19 June.