RI People & Appointments, August 10: Bernstein Litowitz, ICSA, World Economic Forum, Green Investment Bank

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Anatoli Van Der Krans, former Senior Advisor Responsible Investment & Governance at MN Services, the Dutch fiduciary and asset manager, has joined US class action specialist law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (BLBG). A board member at SECVA, the Foundation for Electronic Communication for Shareholders and Issuers, Van der Krans, was at MN for five years.

Frank Curtiss, has been appointed by ICSA (the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), the UK professional body, as President of its United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories ‘UKRIAT’ Division. The role is a non-executive one and Curtiss remains Head of Corporate Governance at RPMI Railpen, the investment arm of the UK Railway Pension Funds.

Abigail Noble is leaving her role as Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the World Economic Forum after five years to become CEO of The ImPact, a new social enterprise. Co-founded by Justin Rockefeller, Liesel Pritzker, Josh Cohen, and Tom Groos, The ImPact has support from Omidyar Network, Case Foundation, and Sorenson Foundation. Noble’s responsibilities at the WEF will be taken on by Katherine Brown.

David Hartley, the incumbent Chief Investment Officer at Sunsuper, has announced his intention to retire after 10 years with the A$34bn (€22.8bn) Brisbane-based superannuation fund. His successor has not yet been announced but the recruitment process has begun.

Karen Horn has been appointed as Vice-Chair of board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the US trade group. Horn, a Director of T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds, Partner at the investment bank Brock Capital Group, and member of the Governing Council of the Investment Company Institute, has served on the NACD’s board since 2011. Announcement

Ed Wilson, formerly the Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Utilities at Lloyds Banking Group, has been announced as Investment Director at the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) – the UK initiative which is currently expanding its team. In addition, Paula Burgess, previously Head of Assurance at the CCLA (the specialist charity investment management firm), and who prior to that was with Russell Investments for ten years, has also been revealed as Chief Operating Officer with the specialist infrastructure fund that recently announced it had secured over £1bn of commitments from pension schemes to invest into UK infrastructure.Jacqueline Redmond has joined the Green Investment Bank (GIB) as its new Chief Risk Officer. Redmond joins the Edinburgh-based bank from oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, where she was Head of Commercial Power. In a statement, the GIB said Redmond would be responsible for the GIB’s risk management, supporting its strategy and risk appetite. She reports to Chief Executive Shaun Kingsbury, who said her experience of the energy industry and utilities sector would be “invaluable”. The GIB has provided £2bn (€2.8bn) in finance to 52 renewable and energy efficiency projects since its start in 2012. Announcement

Jean Frijns, former Chief Investment Officer of the Dutch civil service pension fund ABP, will step down as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Delta Lloyd on October 1. This announcement comes in the wake of the Dutch regulator’s (DNB) findings that the insurer made speculative transactions that were “carried out without following internal procedures” and “did not fit within the insurer’s risk-management procedures”. Frijns’ departure comes after a number of other high-profile exits from the organisation after pressure from the regulator, which includes a fine of €22.7m.

Fuel Cell Energy the Nasdaq-listed energy fuel cell company, has appointed two new board members. They are Paul Browning, former CEO at Irving Oil and Matthew Hilzinger, Chief Financial Officer at USG Corporation.

Fidelity Investments, the Boston-based financial services firm and mutual fund provider, is looking for a Vice-President, Political Law to work within its Enterprise Compliance Department as a member of the Business Integrity Group. The Vice-President will lead the Political Law group – bringing legal expertise on compliance issues, such as; policies, procedures, controls, and risks.

Harvard Business School is looking to recruit a Director, Business and Environment Initiative to be responsible for developing and managing a series of education and research projects central to its Business Environment Initiative.

Threshold Group, the U.S-based wealth management company, is seeking a Director of Impact Strategies. Working closely with the Director of Research and Director of Investment Strategy, the role will be responsible for exploring and evaluating impact investment opportunities.