RI People & Appointments, April 2: Vedanta names chief sustainability officer

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Mark Eadie has been named as Chief Sustainability Officer at London-listed extractives giant Vedanta Resources, succeeding Tony Henshaw who is leaving the company. Eadie joined the company in January this year as Vice President of Sustainability at Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia. He is a former Head of Corporate Affairs at commodities firm Trafigura and was formerly Executive Director, Environmental and Social at JPMorgan Chase. A study last year by Novethic, the French sustainability research and media company, found that Vedanta is one of the most excluded companies by European pension funds and asset managers. Vedanta announcement

Julie McDowell, Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment at Standard Life Investments, has left the company to take early retirement. Her last day at the firm was March 28. Standard Life has started the search for a replacement for McDowell, and will also hire an additional staff member for the SRI team based in Edinburgh. McDowell was a highly respected sustainability and finance professional and had been working in responsible investment since January 2000. She served on the UNCTAD/ISAR Group of Consultative Experts on Corporate Social Responsibility, the British Standards Institute Committee on Sustainable Development and the Working Group that developed a sector supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative for the mining and metals industry, as well as other international expert advisory bodies.

Former Swiss federal president and energy minister Moritz Leuenberger has joined the board of SUSI Partners, the Zurich-based sustainable asset management firm. He joins other figures on the SUSI board such as former Deutsche Telecom CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke.

Lindsay Tomlinson, the former Barclays Global Investors’ European chief and ex-chairman of the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), has been appointed a non-executive director of Legal & General Group. Tomlinson will sit on the insurance and asset management giant’s remuneration and nomination committees.Kevin O’Sullivan has been appointed chief executive of UniSuper, the A$30.5bn (€24.8bn) superannuation fund for Australia’s higher education and research sector. O’Sullivan, currently Russell Investments’ director, actuarial and benefits consulting, will take over from retiring CEO Terry McCredden at the PRI Initiative signatory fund from July.

Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research arm is seeking a research business analyst for its GS Sustain sustainability team. The Singapore-based role will support GS Sustain, which identifies the best companies to own for long-term investment outperformance.

Steven Dixon has been named as Acting Chief Executive at Chesapeake Energy Corporation in addition to his continuing role as Chief Operating Officer. He takes over from controversial CEO Aubrey McClendon who is retiring. The company has also named a three-member ‘Office of the Chairman’ comprising non-executive chairman Archie Dunham, Dixon and CFO Domenic Dell’Osso.

Michael Proffitt is to stand down as chief executive of Renewable Energy Holdings, the AIM-listed wind company, to concentrate on other interests. Sir John Baker will stand down as chairman while current non-executive director Roger Harper will become non-executive chairman. The company has reversed its decision to de-list from AIM but says it aims to operate from the start of April as a company without employees “pursuing its objectives through part-time consultancies as need arises”.

Daniel Heagerty has been appointed Habitat Markets Director at the US-based not-for-profit group the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). He joins after 30 years experience in conservation and environmental markets at environmental engineering firms, including CH2MHill and David Evans and Associates. Link

The Harvard Law School has advertised a “two-year, entry-level opportunity” for a Corporate Governance Associate to work on the Program on Corporate Governance. “The Associate will work in an internationally influential corporate governance program overseeing the technical and editorial facets of its program, including editing, content development, blog publishing, website maintenance, and other administrative tasks,” Harvard says. Harvard careers site.