RI People & Appointments, January 21: Emma Hunt, Church of England, Proxinvest, ISS, Invesco

The latest ESG movers and shakers.

The £34.5bn LGPS pension pool London CIV has appointed Mike O’Donnell as chief executive to start in March 2019. O’Donnell, who has held a number of directorships at local councils, will replace Mark Hyde-Harrison, interim CEO since 2017. London CIV is the asset pooling company for the UK capital’s 32 public sector pension schemes.

Emma Hunt, the former co-Head of Hermes Equity Ownership Services, the engagement arm of Hermes Investment Management, has been named Head of Responsible Investment at London based wealth manager, St. James’s Place. Hunt, who also sits on the board of directors at influential climate think tank Carbon Tracker, will reportedly lead the strategic and operational development of St. James’s Place’s responsible investment offering.

The Church of England Pensions Board has appointed Stephen Barrie as Deputy Director of Ethics and Engagement. Barrie, who was formerly acting-Secretary of the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG), takes up this new role at the £2.5bn fund immediately. He will continue to support the EIAG while a successor is appointed.

Proxinvest has appointed Christophe Nijdam as Head of European Research and Marc Serafini as a Director – Head of Business Development. The focus of both professionals will be to enhance ECGS (Expert Corporate Governance Service), a joint venture of European proxy advisors managed by Proxinvest.

Rishma Moennasing has been named as Head of Fund Selection and Sustainability at Rabobank. Having been with Rabobank since 2009, Moennasing was most recently Senior Fund Selector for equities, and has previously worked at Schretlen & Co and ABN Amro in similar roles. Moennasing will report to Head of Investment Competence, Bert van den Broek.

David Smith, CEO of the A$11bn (€6.9bn) superannuation fund Local Government Super (LGS), has reportedly stepped down after less than a year and a half in the role. Deputy Chief Executive Donna Heffernan will take up the helm until a permanent replacement is found. Smith formerly headed up insurance and reinsurance provider AXIS Specialty Australia, before which he was chief executive of Zurich Financial Services.

John Hewson, the economist and former leader of the Australian Liberal Party, has been appointed Director and new Chair of the Bioenergy Australia board, replacing outgoing chair, Clean Energy Finance Corporation CIO Paul McCartney. Hewson was previously Chair of the Asset Owners Disclosure Project

Mael Lagadec has left Sustainalytics, where he was Senior Responsible Investment Advisor, to join Quantis, the Paris-based environmental consulting firm where he will be responsible for developing, managing and promoting the company’s finance offering for asset managers and private equity investors.

Johan Cras has become an Ambassador of the Transparency Task Force, the “collaborative, campaigning community” promoting transparency in financial services. Cras takes on the role alongside his position as Head of Institutional Relations at asset manager Kempen Capital Management.*
Chilean asset management firm Moneda* AGF has been recognised at the annual awards of ALAS20 (Agenda Líderes Sustentables 2020), an initiative that seeks to promote ESG in business and investment management in Latin America. Moneda AGF won accolades in the following three categories: Leader in Responsible Investments, Corporate Governance and Sustainability Research. Moneda’s CEO Antonio Gil Nievas was also recognized in the individual categories. ALAS20 is organised by Chile’s PRI-signatory service provider GovernArt.

ISS Corporate Solutions has appointed Federico Pezzolato to lead sales of Green Bond & Second Party Opinions Services in London. Pezzolato was formerly Sustainability Bond Manager at Vigeo Eiris.

Antonia Stirling has joined Artemis Investment Management as Co-Head of Stewardship, reporting to CIO Peter Saacke and working with co-head Inez Oliver. She joins from Standard Life Aberdeen, where from 2010 she was Head of Corporate Stewardship.

Maria Lombardo has joined Invesco as new Head of Responsible Investment Client Strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has more than 20 years of experience, most recently coordinating the global investor initiative group at environmental disclosure body CDP. Lombardo will be based in London and report to Global Head of Responsible Investing Bonnie Saynay.

ESG asset manager Alquity has hired Aberdeen Asset Management’s Brad Crombie as its new CEO and board member. Formerly Global Head of Fixed Income at Aberdeen Asset Management, Crombie also currently serves on the business strategy committee of the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services (GRI). Crombie replaces the outgoing Chris Wehbé.

David Maddison, managing director of RPMI, the executive arm of the UK’s Railways Pension Trustee Company is set to retire, according to a Pensions & Investments report citing a news release.

Carol Mahon will reportedly be heading up Hermes Fund Managers Ireland Limited (HFM Ireland), the newly formed Irish-domiciled management company set up by Hermes to mitigate Brexit risk. Mahon was Director of Fidelity International for 16 years.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), where CalSTRS’s CEO Jack Ehnes is a board director, has appointed new members to its governance bodies, the Global Sustainability Standards Board and the Stakeholder Council.

The UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment is recruiting a France Network Manager, Signatory Relations and an Australasia Network Manager, Signatory Relations. It is also looking for an Asia manager for Climate Action 100+, the investor initiative for helping achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.