People & Appointments: Sustainalytics founder appointed to ISSB

The latest ESG movers and shakers: La Française appoints head of sustainable investments, UKSIF looking for new chair.

Sustainalytics founder and former CEO Michael Jantzi has been named as a member of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) along with Jeffrey Hales, academic and chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Earlier this month, accounting standards body IFRS Foundation named the four inaugural members of the ISSB, including Verity Chegar, former BlackRock director of ESG integration and current SASB co-vice chair. The latest appointments make ISSB’s board quorate. The ISSB was created in November to develop “a global baseline” sustainability disclosure regime for corporations.

Marie Lassegnore has been appointed head of sustainable investments at La Française Asset Management. Lassegnore, who joined the $75 billion manager in 2018 as a credit portfolio manager, began her career at Credit Mutuel as an analyst and spent four years at abdrn in various analyst roles. She will carry out her new responsibilities alongside her role as portfolio manager.

UKSIF has opened recruitment for a new chair as Michael Meehan prepares to step down after three years in the role. The chair will initially be elected for a two-year term, with the possibility of serving for a second.

James William Tayler has left his role as head of ESG at Australian investor Ellerston Capital to become head of RI at Insignia Financial. Tayler joined Ellerston in 2020 from Morphic Asset Management, where he was head of research.

Chris Santer has joined Schroders Capital as a manager on its real estate impact fund. Santer, who leaves his role as chief investment officer at property investor Primary Health Properties, has previously held roles at PGIM and MGPA.

Linda Knoester has left her role as climate and sustainability expert at Ortec Finance to move into freelance work. She joined Ortec in 2018 from Terra Consulting, where she worked as a sustainability consultant.

Thomas Harding has been promoted to global head of regulatory solutions at ISS ESG. He joined the service provider in November 2020 as an associate vice-president working in its regulatory solutions group, and has previously held roles at Northern Trust and Regtech Associates.

James d’Ath has been appointed director of ESG at consultancy Edison Group. D’Ath, who has held roles at Barclays and ING, leaves his position as head of product management at AJ Bell.

Rebecca Drury and Chup Priovashini have joined Chronos Sustainability as manager, biodiversity and nature, and research analyst, respectively. Drury joins from Fauna and Flora International, where she spent 13 years, most recently as head of wildlife trade, and also sits on the UK government’s illegal wildlife trade advisory group. Priovashini graduated from the University of Oxford in October last year with an MSc in nature, society and environmental governance.

Marie Luchet has left her role as director of continental Europe at the PRI to join governance, risk and compliance advisor ACA Group as its new head of ESG for Europe. She was at the PRI for close to six years, joining the group from Ecofi Investments, where she was head of responsible investment and ESG integration.

Investment consultancy Hymans Robertson has made three hires to its responsible investment team. Olivia Mooney will join the UK-based firm as a responsible investment consultant. She was previously head of UK policy at the PRI. Meanwhile, Mhairi Gooch leaves her role as director at River and Mercantile, also to become a responsible investment consultant. Rachel Barrack has been hired from Copylab as an RI analyst.