RI People & Appointments, April 29: CCLA gets new CEO, Generation IM partner Harris retires

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Peter Hugh Smith has been named CEO of UK charity and local authority fund manager CCLA, taking over from Michael Quicke when he retires in July. Hugh Smith – who will move from his role as Managing Director at Link Fund Solutions, the UK’s third largest Authorised Fund Manager – praised CCLA’s “strong ESG approach” and said he looked forward to building on Quicke’s “impressive legacy”. CCLA (Churches, Charities and Local Authorities) traces its roots to 1958 with the launch of The Church of England Investment Fund and its two largest shareholders are the CBF Church of England Investment Fund and the COIF Charities Investment Fund.

Rupert Davies has started a new position as ESG Analyst at Morgan Stanley. Most recently he was ESG Analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments, and has also worked at Hermes Investment Management, CCLA Investment Management, and Responsible Investor.

Natacha Dimitrijevic has left Hermes Equity Ownership Services, the engagement arm of the fund manager now part of Federated Investors, where she was sector lead for pharmaceuticals and responsible for the investment stewardship programme in Europe. She had been with Hermes since 2007.

Christian Gueugnier has reportedly stepped down as deputy CEO of French fund house he co-founded, La Financière de l’Echiquier (LFDE), one of several changes in senior management since it was acquired by Primonial. Olivier de Berranger and Bertrand Merveille will take up his role, with Gueugnier moving to a director position.
Polly Higgins, a barrister (lawyer) who campaigned to make ecological damage a crime, has died aged 50.

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has appointed Richard Lawrence to its Audit & Assurance Council. He is Head of Accounting & Valuation Policy at RBS.Peter Harris has retired from Generation Investment Management, the asset manager he co-founded with Al Gore and David Blood, among others. Prior to his departure, Harris was COO and CFO at Generation IM, and has been with the firm for 13 years. Prior to that, he was Head of Goldman Sachs’ asset management operations in London.

Sheri Meyerhoffer has been appointed as the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), the first position of its kind globally, by the Canadian government. She will review allegations of human rights abuses arising from the operations of Canadian companies abroad, starting with the mining, oil and gas, and garment sectors.

Dr Helen Shoesmith has left her role as a Sustainability Consultant at the London office of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the US-based real estate investment manager, to join the UK’s Ministry of Justice as a Sustainability Performance Manager.

Johannes Weisser, Senior Client Portfolio Manager at RobecoSAM, will be leaving the sustainability specialists at the end of April. Weisser was hired in 2017 by the then-CEO Aris Prepoudis during a recruitment drive of senior sales personnel. RobecoSAM has seen a number of departures, including those of co-CEOs Daniel Wild and Marius Dorfmeister.

The Conference Board (TBC), the US-based membership organisation and research organisation, is hiring an ESG Executive Director to take over from Douglas Chia in June. Chia is taking a position in academia at the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law & Governance. The job description reads: “Doug is a hero and will be hard to replace, so you had better be good.”