People & Appointments: Nuveen hires from Schroders and Vanguard for RI and stewardship roles

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Marius Kat joins FCA to lead international sustainable finance drive; PRI seeks head of policy for APAC.

Nuveen has expanded its global responsible investment strategy and stewardship teams with two new appointments. Sasha Miller joins as head of responsible investment strategy for EMEA and APAC, a newly created role. She leaves Schroders after 15 years, where she was most recently head of client proposition and strategy. Enrico Colombo has been appointed as senior director of stewardship, having previously been lead analyst for investment stewardship at Vanguard. He was also formerly at Morningstar Sustainalytics for six years, where he was a lead ESG analyst on APAC research.

Marius Kat has joined the Financial Conduct Authority to lead its international work on sustainable finance, and its relations with regulators from the APAC region. He was previously a parliamentary assistant for Paul Tang at the European Parliament for more than four years.

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is hiring a head of policy for the APAC region. The successful candidate will oversee the team’s daily work on policy positions and build relationships at senior levels across the PRI Asia-Pacific ecosystem, including with policymakers, signatories and stakeholders. They will also work closely with country heads within the PRI’s RI ecosystems team to build consensus with signatories on draft policy positions.

The PRI is also recruiting for an EU policy specialist. The successful candidate will develop strategy and policy positions consistent with the PRI’s mission and the six principles, and ensure consistency with other PRI positions. They will also prepare content and communications to support the growth of the PRI’s EU ecosystem, increasing PRI signatory support for sustainable finance policy. Applications close on 7 January.

JPMorgan Chase has promoted Brian DiMarino to deputy director of global sustainability strategy and operations. He was previously head of operational sustainability, and has held several roles at the bank, which he joined in 2015 after seven years working at JPMorgan’s asset management arm.

Cardano has promoted Keith Guthrie to head of sustainability UK at the investment manager and for Now Pensions. He joined Cardano in 2008 as deputy chief investment officer. Guthrie was also an investment manager at GAM Investments between 2002 and 2007.

Staying with Cardano, the manager has also appointed Matt Harrison and Sinead Leahy as co-heads of Cardano Advisory, effective 1 January. They replace Darren Redmayne, who will stay on as a board adviser at Cardano. Harrison will continue to lead the trustee services practice, while Leahy will still head the corporate advisory services practice. Harrison joined Cardano in 2021, having previously held roles at Lincoln Pensions, Lincoln International and EY. Leahy started at the manager in 2022, having previously worked as a senior adviser at Alpha Real Capital and held pensions roles at PwC and NatWest.

Ragi Khimasia has joined Barclays as a climate change specialist. She leaves Newton Investment Management, where she was a responsible investment analyst for two years. Before that, she spent more than 15 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland, including five as ESG and reputational risk manager.

Mari Schwartzer has left her role as director of shareholder activism and engagement at NorthStar Asset Management after more than 15 years to open her own corporate engagement and stewardship consultant firm, Cotton and Quill Advisory. She is also a board director member at the Thirty Percent Coalition.

Staying with the Thirty Percent Coalition, the group has appointed new four new board directors: Rekha Vaitla, investment officer on sustainable investment and stewardship strategies at CalSTRS; Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO at Berkhemer Clayton and president of 50/50 Women on Boards; Ozzie Gromada Meza, president and CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association; and Sylvia Pérez Cash, EVP and COO at the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.

Impax Asset Management has appointed Julia Bond as a non-executive director. She will sit on the company’s audit and risk, and remuneration committees, and is expected to become the next chair of the remuneration committee once Lindsey Brace Martinez leaves next July. Bond started her career in fixed income sales at Bank of America before moving on to Credit Suisse, where she spent 22 years. Since 2009, she has held a variety of non-executive and trustee positions, and was a senior adviser on the International Capital Market Association’s asset management investment council. She has also chaired the International Public Partnerships ESG committee since 2017.

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is recruiting regional climate mitigation and net zero co-ordinators for Africa and the Middle East and for APAC. UNEP FI is looking to build net zero institutional capacity for the financial services sectors in both regions, to support financial institutions in the design and implementation of their climate mitigation journeys, as part of the partnership between UNEP FI and the GFANZ. The selected consultants will conduct regional country analyses of existing net zero capabilities to identify gaps and opportunities, scope and prioritise regional and country-specific net zero capacity-building needs, and plan and facilitate the delivery of net zero capacity-building activities. Applications for both positions close on 9 December.

Teresa Royo Luesma has been promoted to sustainability and good governance partner at KPMG Spain. She joined the accounting giant in 2011 as a governance, risks and compliance senior manager. She has also held roles at Spainsif and the Global Reporting Initiative.

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) is hiring a senior programme manager to lead the organisation’s adaptation and resilience workstream within its investor strategies programme. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing the physical climate risk assessment methodology for infrastructure, and the IIGCC’s climate resilience investment framework. The deadline for applications is 19 December.