People & Appointments: CPP Investments appoints new CSO

The latest ESG movers and shakers: CCLA hires former anti-slavery commissioner, Nordea appoints group head of sustainability.

Richard Manley, head of sustainable investing at Canadian pension giant CPP Investments, has been promoted to chief sustainability officer. Manley, who will keep the sustainable investing portfolio and team, joined the firm in 2019 from Goldman Sachs and chairs the ISSB Investor Advisory group. He replaces Deborah Orida, who left the firm in September to become president and CEO of PSP Investments.

CCLA, the UK’s largest charity investment manager, has hired former anti-slavery commissioner Sara Thornton and ShareAction’s Martin Buttle to work on slavery and human rights. Thornton, who was formerly chief constable of Thames Valley Police and spent a three-year term as anti-slavery commissioner, joins as a consultant, working on CCLA’s “Find it, Fix it, Prevent it” supply chain forced labour campaign. Buttle, who left his role as head of good work at ShareAction in September, joined CCLA as better work lead, focusing on fair and sustainable working conditions at investee companies.

In other ShareAction news, Isobel Mitchell has left her role as senior manager, asset owner initiatives, after four years at the NGO. Mitchell will be taking up the role of responsible investment analyst at the Church Commissioners. ShareAction is hiring for her replacement.

Anja Lidgren Hannerz has been promoted to group head of sustainability at Nordea. Hannerz, who has been acting head since September, joined the bank in 2021 as deputy head of its ESG programme from Handelsbanken, where she had worked for 20 years.

The University of Oxford’s sustainable finance group is hiring up to five early career researchers for a three-year career development fellowship. Applications close in January 2023.

Vontobel has poached the CEO of Lombard Odier’s Hong Kong division to become the new head of its sustainable equities boutique. Jean-Louis Nakamura joined Lombard Odier in 2008, rising to become CIO for APAC and CEO of its Hong Kong office.

Nisha Long has joined Credit Suisse Asset Management as its new head of sustainability research. She leaves her role as head of ESG and cross-border investment research at Citywire, where she has worked for the past 17 years.

Tia Counts, chief diversity officer at MSCI, has also become the firm’s chief responsibility officer. Counts joined MSCI in May last year from JPMorgan, where she was global head of diversity and inclusion for its asset management wing.

Standard Chartered is hiring for a director, taxonomies and governance. Applications close on 17 November.

Brown Advisory has hired Yacine El-Mohri from BNP Paribas and Eriko Miyazaki-Ross from Global Evolution, to become analysts in its global sustainable fixed income team.