RI People & Appointments, April 23: Stephanie Leaist, Bill Hartnett, Carl Rosén, Michelle de Cordova

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Stephanie Leaist has left her position as head of Sustainable Investing at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the asset manager of Canada’s public pensions scheme. In 2016, Leaist was named a member of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and worked on the second phase of its climate disclosure framework. According to a spokesperson, Leaist may continue working with CPPIB on project basis in the future. An advertisement for the vacancy is to be run shortly.

Bill Hartnett has resigned from Local Government Super (LGS), the Sydney-based superannuation fund, where he was head of Responsible Investment. In this position, Hartnett was often called to publicly articulate LGS’s stance on RI issues such as lobbying and climate change. According to his LinkedIn profile, Hartnett is moving to the UK for his next role. Other details have not been disclosed. Hartnett’s successor at LGS on an acting basis is Moya Yip.

Bruno Sarda has been named the North American president of environmental data body CDP, where he will lead engagement activities with US and Canadian companies. Sarda was previously the head of Sustainability of major US utility NRG Energy and taught part time as a professor at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. Prior to that Sarda held leadership roles in CSR and sustainability at Dell. He takes a role formerly held by Lance Pierce, who is now President of Global Development at sustainability consultants ADEC Innovations.

Karine Hirn has been named Chief Sustainability Officer at East Capital, the emerging and frontier markets specialist with €2.9bn under management. She is one of the founding partners of the firm and in the new role will join the portfolio management team for East Capital Global Emerging Market Sustainable.

Daniela Jaramillo and Akaash Sachdeva have both started new roles as Senior Responsible Investment Advisers at HESTA, the Australian industry superannuation fund for workers in health and community service sector.

Tamara Toles O’Laughlin is now North America Director of environmental NGO 350.org. She formerly led the Baltimore-based Maryland Environmental Health Network (MdEHN).

Laurie Chesné has left Vigeo Eiris, the ESG research house that has just been majority acquired by Moody’s, where she was Head of Green & Social Bonds, Senior Sustainability Consultant, to take up a role as Green & Sustainable Assets Originator at Natixis.Carl Rosén, formerly Executive Director of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and head of corporate governance at Swedish buffer fund AP2, is now heading up the Business Department at the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise. The role gives him responsibility for all government-related aspects of business in Sweden, including seven governmental agencies and 70 members of staff at the ministry. In 2016 he published the book “Get rich on sustainable investments”.

Michelle de Cordova, formerly director of Corporate Engagement & Public Policy at Canada’s NEI investments, has joined Judy Cotte’s new firm ESG Global Advisors as principal. ESG Global Advisors – which consults with boards, institutional investors and other market participants on ESG-related issues – has been adding to its capabilities with the recent addition of Scott Margauch, also as principal, earlier this month. The new firm was founded by Cotte, former Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at Royal Bank of Canada.

Sylvia Pozezanac has been named UK CEO of consulting firm Mercer, reporting to international president David Anderson. Pozezanac has 26 years of experience at Willis Towers Watson’s retirement and insurance businesses, and was most recently a Client Management director at Prudential Financial’s New York office. An immediate focus is overseeing the recent acquisition of insurance brokers Jardine Lloyd Thompson by Mercer’s parent company.

Susan Wilkins has joined Actis as chief financial officer, a London-based role at the emerging markets investment group. Wilkins joins from Lekela Power, an Africa-focused renewable energy group co-established by Actis.

Jamie-Clare Flaherty, director of strategic initiatives for the Obama Foundation, has been appointed to the board of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), the pensions provider for university employees in Illinois. Flaherty was previously vice president and chief of staff at Ariel Investments, a minority-owned asset manager in Chicago.

The Grantham Institute, the climate research centre headquartered in the London School of Economics (LSE), has advertised for an experienced policy analyst to lead a programme focussed on China’s policies on climate change and energy.