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RI People & Appointments, April 20: Bob Eccles, ASrIA, FTSE, Integrated Reporting, SASB, Colonial First State

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Harvard Professor Robert Eccles has joined the board of TruValue Labs, a US start-up using cognitive computing to provide real-time ESG data. Eccles, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Sustainable Value Creation. Other additions to the TruValue team include Sebastian Brinkmann (formerly of MSCI) as Head of Sales & Business Development and Isaac Khurgel (formerly of the Principles for Responsible Investment) as Head of Marketing & Communications. Link

The Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) has appointed Assaad W. Razzouk, Group Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, as Chairman of its board of Directors. Razzouk, who was a Director of the ASrIA board and previously a Member of ASrIA’s Advisory Board, is a respected clean energy entrepreneur, investor and commentator. Alexandra Tracy and Tessa Tennant, long-time ASrIA board members have both stepped down after, respectively, 6 and 14 years of service. ASrIA said it was “grateful for their leadership and contribution and looks forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Professor Kunio Ito of Hitotsubashi University in Japan has become an Ambassador for Integrated Reporting. The Professor, who chaired the ‘Ito Review’, estimates that around 130 Japanese businesses are currently practicing Integrated Reporting, and said: “An increasing number of Japanese companies have been adopting Integrated Reporting and taking its feasibility into consideration. The Stewardship Code and the Ito Review will accelerate the trend.”

Mike Smith has been named as the new Vice President of Finance and Operations at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the US trade body. Smith is the former Chief of Staff and Senior Financial Officer for the Air Force Association where he oversaw the organization’s operation and budget. Announcement

Peter Vickers has been named as Regional Development Manager for the South East at the Pensions Trust, the UK workplace pension fund. It’s part of a drive to win new business in the defined benefit (DB) legacy market. He joined the organisation in February.John Jarrett, the former Global Research Director and COO at GovernanceMetrics International, has been appointed as Deputy Head at FTSE ESG, the arm of the index firm. Tony Campos becomes FTSE’s Head of ESG Americas; Arisa Kishigami becomes Head of ESG Asia Pacific. All three will report to the Head of FTSE ESG, David Harris, who sits within FTSE’s Database Services Group led by Kevin Bourne.

Jon Anda has been named as the new Chief of Market Strategy at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the US not-for-profit body. After 20 years with Morgan Stanley, since 2009 he was head of environmental policy for UBS Investment Bank and EVP Strategy at Energy Points, now part of Lux Research.

James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been designated as the first United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards. It was one of a number of events marking the 10th anniversary of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

David Wilson has been appointed to the new role of Head of Research for the Australian Equities, Growth team at Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM). He joins on May 18 from UBS, where he held multiple roles in research and sales. CFSGAM, the asset management division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, has been a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment since March 2007; its global investment teams integrate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into their investment processes.

Thiên-Minh Polodna has been hired as a project manager at the French SIF, le Forum pour l’Investissement Responsible (FIR). Polodna will look after FIR’s on-line strategy and member relations on its various projects, notably French and European research studies.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System has announced the re-election of the three member-representatives to its governing board. The members will each serve a four-year term, which begins on January 1 next year. They are: Dana Dillon, intermediate grade school teacher who has served on the Teachers’ Retirement Board since 2003; Harry Keiley, a high school teacher with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, who has been chair since 2014; and Sharon Hendricks, who was elected as vice chair in 2014.