People & Appointments: EFRAG appoints new chairs and members

The latest ESG movers and shakers: PRI chief signatory relations officer resigns; Neha Coulon re-joins JPMorgan EMEA as MD and head of ESG.

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has appointed Patrick de Cambourg as chair of the Sustainability Reporting Board (SRB) and Wolf Klinz as chair of the Financial Reporting Board (FRB), as well as three new SRB members. De Cambourg is currently president of the Autorité des Normes Comptables (ANC), having spent more than 48 years at French audit firm Mazars. Klinz was offered the role in 2015 but was forced to decline due to ill health. A former MEP, he has served as chair of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis and as chair of the steering committee of the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum.

Staying with EFRAG, Aleksandra Palinska has been appointed as a member of the Sustainability Reporting Board in the users sector seat. She was previously on the SRB between March and September in her previous role as senior policy officer at Financial Watch. Palinska took over as executive director at Eurosif in September.

Thierry Philipponnat has also been named as a member of EFRAG’s SRB, taking the consumer organisations sector seat. Philipponnat is currently chief economist at Finance Watch. He is also a member of the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution. He was formerly a member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance and spent nine years at the Autorité des marchés financiers.

The third new EFRAG SRB member is Laurence Rivat. She is currently a partner and EU corporate reporting policy leader at Deloitte, where she has worked for more than 24 years. Rivat was formerly a member of EFRAG between 2014 and 2021. She serves as a board member of the ANC and as co-chair of the non-financial reporting working group at the Compagnie Nationale des Commissaires aux Comptes.

Lorenzo Saa will leave his role as chief signatory relations officer at the Principles for Responsible Investment in early December after 14 years at the organisation. Nathan Fabian, chief responsible investment officer, will undertake responsibility for signatory relations alongside his current duties while the PRI plans for long-term arrangements.

Neha Coulon is re-joining JPMorgan as managing director and head of ESG on the EMEA private banking side. Prior to this position, she was global head of ESG for Kirkoswald Capital Partners. Coulon formerly spent more than 11 years at JPMorgan, where her final role was global head of ESG solutions.

Paul Watchman has been appointed as global head of climate change and ESG transition at law firm Ben McQuhae & Co. He was also recently announced as co-founder and chief legal officer at ESG Regulatory Solutions. Watchman will continue in his role as special legal adviser at the UNEP Principles of Sustainable Development Net Zero Insurance Alliance and Finance Initiative. He is also a professor at the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen.

US SIF is seeking a director of policy and programmes to lead the organisation’s federal policy work. The candidate will lead the policy and advocacy team alongside the managing director, including regular engagement with Congressional offices, the SEC and other federal agencies. They will also be required to organise and oversee US SIF’s member day on Capitol Hill. Applications for this role will close on the 16 December.

The Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) is recruiting an associate director, education and advisory. The candidate will implement a workplan for SHARE’s education and advisory services, as well as supporting investors by embedding responsible investment into investment policies and service provider hiring. They will also play a leading role in developing a programme for SHARE’s annual investor summit. Applications for this role will close on 25 November.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken’s (SEB) is recruiting a sustainability specialist to work in the sustainability strategy, policy and governance unit. The candidate will advise on sustainable risk transactions in relation to policies, targets and market standards. They will also have opportunities to represent SEB in international working groups such as UNEP-FI Principles for Responsible Banking and Net Zero Banking Alliance. Applications for this position will close on 11 December.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s investments branch is recruiting an associate portfolio manager to work in the sustainable and stewardship strategies unit. The role will focus on allocating capital to support the transition to a sustainable global economy, as well as stewardship activities on net zero and sustainability disclosure. Applications for this post will close on 7 December.

Climate change think tank E3G is seeking a sustainable policy adviser for international finance. The selected candidate will lead the international engagement strategy of the UK’s Transition Plan Taskforce Secretariat, as well as participate in wider E3G international finance work. Applications for this role will close on 2 December.