RI People & Appointments, April 16: CalPERS names ethics chief

ESG movers and shakers

The $235bn California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has named Kathleen Webb to the new role of Chief Officer for Risk, Compliance and Ethics. Webb, who joins from the California Correctional Health Care Services, will report to acting CFO Russ Fong.

There have been some changes to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) team at Canada’s NEI Investments. Michelle de Cordova has been appointed Director, Corporate Engagement & Public Policy. Jamie Bonham has been promoted Manager, Extractives Research & Engagement. In addition to her role as a manager for ESG Evaluations, Christie Stephenson is now responsible for ESG Services’ Research program. Rob Gross has been appointed to the new position of Manager, ESG Operations.

Richard Chapman, who as chief financial officer of Walton Enterprises oversees all aspects of the Walton Family Office, is to join the board of Nasdaq-listed solar tech firm First Solar. Also joining the board is former company COO George Hambro. José Villarreal is standing down as a director. Link

Alan Walsh, chief executive of Irish investment company One51, has joined the board of renewables and waste management firm NTR. One51 has a stake of just under 24% in NTR. Announcement*Keith Oates* has retired as chairman of the Phaunos Timber Fund Ltd. He will be succeeded at the London-listed timberland investor, which is managed by FourWinds Capital Management, by Sir Henry Studholme. Announcement

Joseph Stiglitz, the former chief economist of the World Bank and Nobel laureate, has been appointed by the South African government to a panel reviewing the supply chain implications of the planned merger between Wal-Mart and local retailer Massmart. Link

David Green has been named as the new chief executive of Australia’s Clean Energy Council, the trade body representing more than 600 member companies. Green was the founding CEO of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy (UKBCSE) from 2001 to the start of this year, and is an Executive Director of the International Business Council for Sustainable Energy. Announcement

Amnesty International has advertised a vacancy for Director, Governance Programme. The closing date for the London-based role is April 23.