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RI People & Appointments, September 9: New international head at Christian Brothers

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Alessandro Lombardi has been named as President of CBIS Global, the European and international arm of US-based Christian Brothers Investment Services, which has $4.6bn of SRI assets under management for Catholic institutions. He takes over from Louis DeThomasis, one of the founders of CBIS, who becomes Corporate Chairman of CBIS Global. In addition, David Skelding, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, has been promoted to Executive Vice President. Announcement

Mark Burgess, Managing Director and President of the A$88.9bn (€62.8bn) Australian Future Fund Management Agency, is leaving the organisation to return to the private sector. Burgess joined the agency in 2011 and will remain in his role to “facilitate a smooth transition” to his successor. Burgess joined the agency from ASX-listed Treasury Group, which backs small to medium sized asset managers. Before that he was Vice Chairman and CEO, Europe and Middle East at Credit Suisse Asset Management.

Denise Saber, Head of Sales and Marketing at Craigmore Sustainables LLP, the New Zealand farmland fund, is to leave the firm at the beginning of next year.
The firm said Saber would retire from the Partnership on 31st January 2014 to look for new work opportunities after three years in the role. Saber was formerly Head of Institutional European Business Development at Insight Investment.

GMI Ratings has hired Cheryl Gustitus as Chief Marketing Officer. Gustitus joins GMI from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) where she led global marketing and communications. Gustitus was part of the executive leadership team that sold ISS to RiskMetrics Group, where she remained in an executive marketing capacity and also led investor relations following the company’s initial public offering and subsequent acquisitions. She will be based in GMI’s new Bethesda, Maryland office.

Kerim Kaskal has been appointed Chief Investment Officer of Tredje AP-fonden (AP3), the SEK 242.3bn (€27.7bn) Swedish state buffer fund. He takes up his position on October 1 and joins from fund firm Brummer & Partners, where he was deputy CIO of the Nektar fund and deputy chairman of Nektar Asset Management AB. Link*Jennifer Pryce has been named as the new President* and CEO of $400m US social investor the Calvert Foundation. She takes over from Lisa Hall, who is leaving to join a “large European family office” as Managing Director of Impact Investing where she will build a portfolio focused on social, environmental and financial returns. Pryce steps up from her role leading the foundation’s Strategic Initiatives team, and was responsible for launching the Women Investing in Women Initiative (WINWIN). The foundation is also currently advertising vacancies for a Director of Investor Relations and Vice President, External Relations and Development. Link

Jean Frijns, the former investment chief at Dutch pension fund ABP who headed a governance commission which looked at executive pay, has been appointed chairman of the supervisory board of insurer Delta Lloyd Group as of January 1 2014. He will succeed René Kottmann. Frijns also chairs pensions research body Netspar and Dutch development bank FMO.

Deb Clarke has been named as Global Head of Investment Research at investment consultants Mercer, overseeing manager research, strategic research, and asset allocation. She joined Mercer in 2005 and was most recently Global Leader of Mercer’s Equity Boutique. She takes over from Divyesh Hindocha, who is resigning “to pursue another opportunity”.

Matt Bannick, Managing Partner at social investor the Omidyar Network has been named as a US representative to the global Social Impact Investing Taskforce. Born out of the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum in June, the Taskforce will work to grow the global market for social investment and is headed by Sir Ronald Cohen, founder of Big Society Capital.

The St Paul’s Institute, the influential forum based at the cathedral of the same name in London, is seeking an Administrative Assistant. “This is an opportunity to get involved in delivering events and influential public debate on Christianity and the relationship between Christianity, finance, economics and social well-being,” the institute says.