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RI People & Appointments, August 15: Generation’s Blood to advise new sustainability partnership

RI’s regular Monday round-up of people and appointments news

David Blood, co-founder with Al Gore of Generation Investment Management, has been named as an advisor to a new initiative seeking to “identify and advance breakthrough sustainability solutions for business”. The Next Practice Collaborative is a partnership between the World Resources Institute and companies including Alcoa, AkzoNobel, CEMEX, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Staples and United Technologies Corporation. Announcement

Mitch Layng has been appointed Portfolio Energy Manager in the Sustainability and Environment team at £16bn (€18.2bn) real estate fund manager PRUPIM (Prudential Property Investment Managers). Layng, formerly a Managing Engineer at PRUPIM, will be responsible for energy reduction at the firm’s investment properties.

Ray Anderson, one of the pioneers of corporate sustainability in the US, has died aged 77. As the CEO of carpet firm Interface he became one of the first industrialists to use sustainability to help drive his business, said environmental group Ceres. Los Angeles Times obituary

Meredith Jenkins and Kim Lew have been named as Co-Chief Investment Officers of the nearly $3bn (€3.4bn) endowment of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. They duo, both existing Carnegie investment staff, take over from Ellen Shuman, who stepped down as CIO last month.

Riyaz Lalani, Chief Operating Officer at Canadian proxy firm Kingsdale Shareholder Services, has joined the board of Toronto-listed mining company URSA Major Minerals Inc. Lalani will bring “an increased exposure in the market place and a solid understanding of corporate development and M&A transactions while we look to build URSA Major said URSA Major’s Chairman Amar Bhalla. Release*Dr. Nasser Saidi,* Executive Director of the Dubai-based Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, has been appointed to the Private Sector Advisory Group of the World Bank’s Global Corporate Governance Forum. “This appointment constitutes as a landmark for Hawkamah and the region, as this appointment ensures that the Arab world has a seat on the table discussing and driving global corporate governance developments,” Saidi said.

Terry McCredden, Chief Executive Officer of UN Principles for Responsible Investment signatory UniSuper, the fund for the Australian Universities and research sector, has been named Fund Executive of the Year by the Fund Executives Association Limited (FEAL), in partnership with AMP Capital. He was selected for “demonstrating exceptional leadership in the areas of advice, investment management and risk management, as well as fostering UniSuper’s people and culture’. Link

Jim Kim and Alex Kinnier, partners at cleantech firm Kholo Ventures who specialised in renewable energy, are to leave the firm, according to a Reuters report. Kinnier will start his own firm while it wasn’t known what Kim would do. The departures follow that of partner Gideon Yu earlier this year, the report added.

Susan Raynes has been appointed head of State Street Global Advisors’ UK, Middle East and Africa institutional business. Raynes, who was formerly senior managing director, head of SSGA’s San Francisco office, will report to Greg Ehret, head of SSGA Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The Global Reporting Initiative, the international non-profit organization, has advertised a vacancy for an Integrated Reporting – Project Coordinator. The role is based in Amsterdam and is for an initial one-year contract. The application deadline is August 17. Email