People & Appointments: Janus Henderson appoints chief responsibility officer

The latest ESG movers and shakers: IIGCC reappoints three board members; Australian FRC appoints former IIGCC head as member.

Janus Henderson has hired Michelle Dunstan as chief responsibility officer. She was previously CRO at AllianceBernstein and was replaced by Erin Bigley in October. Dunstan worked at AllianceBernstein for more than 18 years in various portfolio manager roles as well as global head of responsible investment and CRO.

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has re-appointed three members to its board. Ian Simm, founder and CEO at Impax Asset Management, has been appointed as treasurer. Jelle van der Giessen, chief investment officer at NN Group, and Udo Riese, head of sustainable investing at Allianz Investment Management, have been reappointed as directors.

Emma Herd, former head of the Investor Group on Climate Change, has been appointed as a part-time member of the Australian Financial Reporting Council by the Albanese Government for a three-year period. She is currently a partner at Ernst and Young Oceania. Herd was CEO of IGCC more than five years and worked as environment commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission. She was also a non-executive director for the Carbon Market Institute for more than seven years.

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council is recruiting a head of stakeholder engagement to manage the organisation’s programme on public outreach as it completes its transition to becoming a new regulator: the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority. Applications for this position will close on the 14 December.

The Integrity Council for the Voluntary Market (IC-VCM) has appointed three new members to its governing board, including two Indigenous peoples. The IC-VCM said that it struggled to find Indigenous representation earlier this year, but has now filled three board seats reserved for Indigenous Peoples. Jennifer Tauli Corpuz, from the Kankana-ey Igorot People of Mountain Province in the Philippines and senior global policy and advocacy lead for Nia Tero, and Kanyinke Sena, director for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee, will join Francisco Souza, member of the Apurinã Indigenous Peoples of the Brazilian Amazon, and managing director of the forest stewardship council of the Indigenous Foundation. The third new member of the governing board is Angela Churie Kallhauge, executive president for impact for the Environmental Defense Fund.

PGIM has appointed Natalie Gill as vice-president of DEI strategy and industry engagement, a new role at the firm. She previously worked as head of diversity and inclusion EMEA at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation for two years. Gill has also held diversity and inclusion roles at Santander and Timewise, as well as other positions in Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

Lívia Trabulsi Rossi has been promoted to senior specialist on stewardship for Climate Action 100+ at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). She was previously a stewardship specialist at the PRI for almost two years. Rossi will continue in her role as member of the Latin American Climate Lawyers Initiative for Mobilising Action.

Susheela Peres da Costa has joined the Beyond Zero Emissions board, an Australian thinktank which focuses on the net-zero transition. She will continue in her other positions including principal of The Stewardship Centre in Australia, senior consultant in sustainable markets at the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, chair of the board of directors at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, and member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Institute, Nature Conservation Council in New South Wales and The Shareholder Commons.

The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) Centre is recruiting up to six new analysts for its research team. The roles at TPI, which is based at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, will focus on assessing large companies in their transition to a low-carbon economy to support TPI’s projects. There are currently roles available in carbon performance, Climate Action 100+, banking and sovereign climate-related opportunities and risks. Applications for this position will close on 5 January.

Alyssa Gilbert has been promoted to director of innovation at the Grantham Institute. She was previously director of policy and transition for more than seven years. Gilbert was also a member of the Natural Environment Research Council for more than four years and a board member of Climate Markets and Investment Association for more than two years.

Karen Cockburn has been named chief financial officer at Impax Asset Management and is due to join the firm in January. She replaces Charlie Ridge who was CFO for 14 years. Cockburn previously worked as Transformation CFO for Virgin Money for more than three years and has also held finance roles at Cofunds, Aegon, Lloyds Banking Group and GE Capital.

Hans Stegeman has been promoted to chief economist at Triodos Bank and Triodos Investment Management. He has worked for the bank for more than five years and previously held the role of chief investment strategist. Stegeman also spent more than nine years at Rabobank where he worked as chief economist.

Nneka Chike-Obi has been promoted to senior director and head of APAC ESG rating and research at Sustainable Fitch. She was previously APAC head of ESG research for 10 months. Chike-Obi also worked as director of sustainable finance for Fitch Ratings for two years.

Giel Linthorst has been appointed as sustainability manager in ING Bank’s net zero team. He previously worked as an executive director for Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials. He was also director sustainable finance for Guidehouse more than 23 years and worked at Navigant (formerly Ecofys) for more than 15 years.

Angélica Afanador will replace Linthorst in the role of executive director at PCAF. She has worked at Guidehouse for more than seven years. She also worked at Navigant for more than five years, as a coordinator of the UN’s environment programme the en.lighten initiative, and as an environmental consultant for The World Bank.