People & Appointments: CalPERS appoints Anne Simpson replacement

The latest ESG movers and shakers: PRI names Melanie Jarman senior net zero specialist; Tim Lord appointed HSBC climate change chief

CalPERS has named Peter Cashion as managing investment director for sustainable investments. He previously worked at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation for almost three decades, most recently as chief investment officer and global head of climate finance. He replaces Anne Simpson, who left her role as managing investment director for board governance and sustainability in January last year to join Franklin Templeton, and James Andrus, who was appointed her interim replacement.

Tim Lord has been named as HSBC’s new head of climate change. He previously held the same role at Phoenix Group for over a year. Lord also formerly worked as a net zero senior fellow at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and as clean growth director at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Melanie Jarman has been appointed as a net zero senior specialist within the climate and environment team at the Principles for Responsible Investment. She was previously a policy manager within the climate change and responsible investment team at the Department for Work and Pensions. Jarman also worked at The Pensions Regulator for more than four years, most recently as lead policy analyst.

UKSIF is seeking new analyst, policy and membership committee members to advise and support the forum’s work. The organisation is recruiting four members for its analyst committee, four for its membership committee and six for its policy committee. Successful candidates will be elected for a two-year term, with the opportunity to re-stand for one further two-year term. Applications will close on 31 January.

ShareAction has named Carl Liederman as chair designate of its board of trustees. He will replace current chair Paul Dickinson, who has served in the role since 2018, in August 2023. Liederman is founder and CEO of advisory firm Liedership. Simon Rawson, former director of corporate campaigns at the NGO, has also been promoted to deputy chief executive.

US SIF is recruiting a director of policy and programmes to lead the organisation’s federal policy work. The selected candidate will work to advance the viewpoints of the sustainable investment field at federal agencies including the SEC and the Department of Labour, as well as in the US House and Senate. Other responsibilities will include responding to proposals and legislation on behalf of US SIF and educating the organisation’s members on these topics. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis.

The Science Based Targets initiative has appointed Maria Outters as its first chief impact officer. She joins from Sodexo where she worked for more than 15 years, most recently as group senior vice-president of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Narina Mnatsakanian has been hired as head of impact investing at UBS Asset Management. She was previously executive director sustainable and impact investment at Van Lanschot Kempen for two years. She also held roles as head of sustainable and impact investment at Kempen Capital Management and as director investor relations for impact and ESG at Sarona Asset Management.

Paul Camp has been appointed as chief investment officer at Triumph Energy. He will continue in his other roles as co-founder and head of transactions at Climate Solutions, and as green securitisation panel adviser for the Climate Bonds Initiative.

MHA has appointed Hiten Sonpal as head of green finance. He was previously director of future climate propositions at Natwest for more than three years. Sonpal also worked at Lombard for more than 20 years, where he was a senior director of green energy finance.

Rosl Veltmeijer has been promoted to manager of the Triodos sterling bond impact fund at Triodos Investment Management. She was previously a portfolio manager for more than five years.

Fenglin Zhao has been hired as director of Bridges Fund Management’s client and strategy development team to direct more investors towards impact. She was previously a managing director at VCP Apex for more than three years, and also worked in institutional fundraising at Octopus Investments.