RI People & Appointments, April 13: Global Network Initiative, Jupiter, BSR, Quilter Cheviot, USS, OECD

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Judith Lichtenberg has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the group which includes investors and others aiming to “protect and advance” freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. She joins GNI, which is chaired by prominent human rights lawyer Mark Stephens, from Vodafone, where she was Head of Regulatory Affairs & Digital Rights at Vodafone Netherlands. Investor backers include Boston Common Asset Management, Calvert Group, the Church of Sweden, Domini Social Investments, EIRIS Conflict Risk Network, F&C Asset Management, Folksam, Trillium Asset Management and Walden Asset Management.

Ian McVeigh has been appointed Head of Governance at Jupiter, a new role at the UK fund manager. He is stepping down from day to day fund management, including co-managing the Jupiter UK Growth Fund. McVeigh said: “Jupiter has a strong commitment to providing and encouraging the highest levels of corporate governance and transparency. I look forward to working with Governance Research Manager Ashish Ray and the team to develop this further.” Announcement

Alessandro Carlucci has been elected as the new chair of BSR, the global nonprofit corporate sustainability organization. He was formerly CEO of Natura, the Brazilian cosmetics company. Carlucci will succeed Mats Lederhausen, who was in post for the past nine years. Link

UK-based fund manager Quilter Cheviot has appointed Gemma Woodward to lead on its approach to socially responsible investment and to faith-based investment. Woodward, who takes up the role of executive director and will also have responsibility for managing charity portfolios, joins from Newton. She has over 20 years investment management experience and has spent the majority of that time focused on the charity sector and specifically clients with complex ethical and socially responsible investment requirements.

Leo de Bever, the former CEO of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), is to join a panel advising the Norwegian Government Pension Fund on property and unlisted real assets. De Bever will be joined by Professor Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh of New York University and Richard Stanton, professor at the University of California, the Norwegian government announced.Sir David Eastwood has been named as the new chairman of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the UK pension fund for academics which is one of the country’s largest defined benefit schemes. Eastwood, a director on the USS trustee board and vice-chancellor at the University of Birmingham, takes over from Sir Martin Harris.

Xander den Uyl and Conchita Mulder have been appointed to the board of €344bn Dutch civil service pension scheme ABP, according to reports. IPE.com said den Uyl was previously a trustee and vice-chairman until 2013 and that Mulder is a registered controller and was a board member of the pension fund of telecoms firm KPN.

Anisa Kamadoli Costa has been named as the first chief sustainability officer at jewelry company Tiffany & Co. Previously vice president, global sustainability and corporate responsibility, she remains chairman and president of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, reporting to CEO Frederic Cumenal.

James Leaton, Carbon Tracker’s Research Director, has been nominated for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards’ ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’. He is the lead author of the ‘Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted Capital and Stranded Assets’ report which has introduced the concepts of carbon bubble, unburnable carbon and stranded assets and has revolutionised the debate on climate change, the environmental NGO says. The nominations will be announced at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony 2015 on 29th April in London.

Andreas Froemmel, Vice President of Business and Commercial Development at Germany’s Fuel Cell Energy Solutions, a joint venture between Nasdaq-listed FuelCell Energy and ceramics research body Fraunhofer IKTS, has joined the board of fuel cell industry body the New Energy World – Industry Group.

The OECD has advertised a vacancy for a Senior Policy Analyst – Long Term Investment Financing, to provide “pro-active contributions” to its Long-Term Investment project. The candidate will be responsible for drafting analytical and policy reports and good practices, with a specific focus on long-term investment financing and the role of institutional investors and banks – working under the supervision of the Head of the OECD Financial Affairs Division. The two-year fixed term appointment has a monthly tax-exempt salary starting from €7,900. OECD careers site