People & Appointments: HSBC AM names Storey as global head of stewardship

The latest ESG movers and shakers: sustainability veteran Jon Williams joins Accenture; Nikko AM seeks global stewardship lead.

Carol Storey has been appointed global head of stewardship at HSBC Asset Management. She replaces Christine Chow, who left in March to join Credit Suisse as head of active ownership. Storey leaves Schroders after more than two years as active ownership manager and climate engagement lead. She was formerly at PwC, where she was sustainability and climate change senior manager.

Sustainable finance veteran Jon Williams has joined Accenture as global financial services sustainability leader. Williams left PwC in July after 15 years, most recently as global banking and markets lead and UK chair of PwC Sustainability. He began his career at HSBC, where he spent 21 years as head of group sustainable development.

Nikko Asset Management is recruiting a global stewardship lead for its global sustainable investment hub in Singapore. The successful candidate will be responsible for establishing a stewardship framework and internal best practice standards for corporate engagement and proxy voting. They will also ensure compliance with annual responses to stewardship codes and contribute to the development and maintenance of the manager’s stewardship policies.

Thomas Coudert has been promoted to head of sustainability core investments at AXA Investment Managers, a new role at the French asset manager. He has spent 17 years at AXA IM, most recently as head of fixed income sustainability. Prior to that, he worked on the insurance side of the group.

CalSTRS is recruiting a portfolio manager for sustainable investment and stewardship strategies. The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the pension fund’s stewardship programme and will provide expertise on various sustainability and stewardship considerations. Applications close on 2 February.

UBS has named Beatriz Martin Jimenez as group executive board lead for sustainability and impact, in addition to her existing roles. She will take up the role on 1 March, replacing Suni Harford, who has announced her retirement. Jiminez will continue as head of non-core and legacy and EMEA president, and as UK chief executive.

Caroline Escott, sustainable ownership senior investment manager at Railpen, and Shipra Gupta, investments stewardship lead at Scottish Widows, have been appointed as co-chairs of the Vote Reporting Group. They replace former chair Deborah Gilshan, who is head of ESG and stewardship at AustralianSuper.

IFM Investors is recruiting a sustainable investment director to deliver its sustainable investment and net-zero strategies and climate commitments.

Alexander Elving and Anna Warberg have joined the Council on Ethics of the Swedish National Pension Funds as sustainability specialists. Elving leaves Swedish insurer Länsförsäkringar after four years on the responsible investments team. He also formerly spent three years as a sustainable and responsible investment senior research associate at ISS-Ethix.

Warberg leaves her role as global head of stewardship and engagement at ISS ESG after more than seven years. She has been replaced at ISS ESG by Loïc Dessaint.

Financial Reporting Council corporate governance and stewardship director David Styles is leaving the post after nearly 10 years. He will continue in his role as an advisory board member at the Institute of Directors Centre for Corporate Governance.

UNEP FI is hiring a coordinator to lead the development of Brazil’s sustainable finance taxonomy. Applications close on 2 February.

Tara Fraser has been promoted to senior portfolio manager of responsible investment equities at APG Asset Management. She joined the manager last January as a senior responsible investment manager. Fraser also held sustainability analyst roles across her nine years at Baillie Gifford, and at Royal Bank of Scotland.

Fiona Reynolds, chair of UN Global Compact Network Australia and former Principles for Responsible Investment CEO, has taken on advisory roles as president of the FAIRR initiative and the recently launched Coller Pensions Institute, both founded by Jeremy Coller.

Sarah Fleischer has started as a sustainable financing associate at Japan’s MUFG. She joins from SEB, where she worked in sustainable debt capital markets.

EY is seeking consultants and managers for its climate change and sustainability services in Oceania. The roles will focus on non-financial assurance within sustainability advisory and reporting team. Successful candidates will be responsible for leading and training sustainability assurance teams, and driving the ongoing implementation of EY’s non-financial assurance practices.

The Bezos Earth Fund is hiring a nature finance programme officer to identify potential partners to scale up nature finance for conservation, restoration and food systems. The successful candidate will also work alongside the nature and finance teams to develop new initiatives and lead the fund’s engagement with stakeholder groups.