People & Appointments: Climate Bonds Initiative appoints new chair

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Thirty Percent Coalition announces new board members; Aon appoints responsible investing head.

Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) has announced the appointment of Doris Honold as chair. She replaces CBI director and co-founder, Nick Silver. Honold has taken several board positions since leaving Standard Chartered in 2019 after 12 years at the bank, including four as group COO. She currently serves as chair of the board risk committee at Credit Suisse, advisory board member at Viridios Capital and board member at the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market.

The Thirty Percent Coalition, an organisation that focuses on improving diversity on company boards, has added five new directors to its board. The new members are Lucy Chang, a private equity investment officer at the University of California; Dianne McKeever, chief investment officer at Ides Capital Management; Jared Landaw, general counsel and corporate secretary at Carrols Restaurant Group; Johnathan Medina, global head of DEI at Macquarie Asset Management; and Mari Schwartzer, director of shareholder activism and engagement at NorthStar Asset Management.

Daniel Ingram has been appointed as head of responsible investing at Aon. He was previously senior vice-president and ESG lead for index provider Wilshire for five years. Ingram has also worked as head of responsible investment for BT Pension Scheme, senior corporate governance analyst for Federated Hermes and as a policy analyst for HM Treasury.

Gabriel Malek has left the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) following five months of service as deputy chief of staff. He is joining clean energy start-up Fervo Energy as chief of staff. He will continue in his role as a contributor to Climate Tech VC.

German sustainable investor association Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen has elected a new CEO and five assessors. Berhnard Engl will take over as chair of the board from Volker Weber, who has held the position since 2007. Engl, who works as an executive director at ForestFinance Capital, served on the board for eight years between 2009 and 2017, where he helped develop the FNG seal. The new assessors are Jürgen Arbter, board member of Re’public; Michael Bogosyan, managing director at Dextro Group Germany; Stefan Maiß, managing director at ProVita; Julian Hochscherf, senior associate ESG at hep global; and Marlene Waske, ethics and data analyst at Arete Ethik Invest.

Paul Clements-Hunt has been appointed to the executive board of ESG Regulatory Solutions. He will carry out the role alongside his other positions, which include investment adviser to the UN Joint Sustainable Development Goal Fund, director at Mischon Purpose, and founder of the Blended Capital Group. Clements-Hunt was head of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative from 2000 to 2012.

First Sentier Investors (FSI) has promoted Kate Turner to global head of responsible investment. She replaces Eurosif chairman Will Oulton, who is leaving after more than 10 years in the role. Turner has been with FSI for more than three years and previously held the role of deputy global head of responsible investment. She was also formerly a working group member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative.

Annabel Nelson has been promoted to group head of sustainability strategy and policy at M&G. She has worked at the firm for more than three years and was previously head of ESG policy and disclosure. Nelson has also been an UKSIF policy committee member for more than one year.

Sandrine Lalmant has been named head of sustainability at global infrastructure investor John Laing. She was previously an ESG professional at private equity firm Triton Partners, and also worked in responsible investment for the Universities Superannuation Scheme, and as a corporate governance consultant at Nestor Advisors.

ESG Book has hired Zain Mesquita as chief financial officer. He joins from online academic publisher Perlego, where he was vice-president for finance.

Henrik Krasilnikoff Jeppesen has been appointed as director of ESG implementation at Janus Henderson Investors. He previously spent more than five years working as head of investor outreach for North America at thinktank Carbon Tracker.

Sean de Montfort has been hired as programme manager for climate finance at Sequoia Climate Foundation. He joins from the Financial Conduct Authority, where he worked as a technical specialist on the net-zero transition. De Montfort was also a senior policy adviser to Mark Carney for his COP26 private sector finance campaign.

Sequoia Climate Foundation is also recruiting a programme associate for climate finance to compile research and evidence to assess the potential impact of the non-profit’s strategies and look at how to best execute them.

Jenny Kvaskova has been hired as vice-president in BlackRock’s investment stewardship team. She joins from Aon, where she worked as a senior responsible investment consultant.