RI People & Appointments, August 17: TIAA-CREF, BrownFlynn, OPSEU, 300 Club, LPFA

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Rosemary Kenney is joining the TIAACREF Corporate Governance team as Senior Director, Corporate Governance Policy and Communications. She will be working out of the New York office and will focus on developing best practices and identifying policy initiatives in corporate governance. Bess Joffe still leads this team as the Managing Director of Corporate Governance. Kenney joins the US financial service giant from pharmaceuticals company Pfizer where was Director of Corporate Governance.

The OPSEU Pension Trust, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, has appointed James Davis as chief investment officer. Davis joins the C$17.5bn (€12bn) fund on September 8. Most recently, he was vice president, strategy & asset mix and chief economist at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Before this he was head of global fixed income and currencies at RBC Global Investment Management in Toronto.

Pascal Blanqué, global chief investment officer at French asset manager Amundi, has joined the 300 Club, an independent group of leading investment professionals. Home page

Star fund manager Richard Buxton has been appointed chief executive of Old Mutual Global Investors, succeeding Julian Ide. The change is part of a restructure of the Old Mutual’s investment business that sees Martin Baines join as chief investment director. Baines was previously chief executive of Quilter Cheviot, the discretionary fund manager which Old Mutual acquired last year. David Loudon, formerly head of investment management at Quilter Cheviot, has been promoted to chief executive.

Swedish investment group Industrivarden has appointed its first female CEO – Helena Stjernholams, who at 45, is also one of the youngest in the company’s 71-year history. News agency Reuters has suggested Industrivarden is trying to change its public image after a corporate spending scandal that led to the chair’s departure.

Thomas Söderqvist has been appointed Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility for Boliden, the Swedish mining and smelting company. He succeeds Henrik Östberg, who is leaving to concentrate on his own business. Announcement

Casper von Koskull has been named as the new president and group CEO of Nordea Bank, taking over from Christian Clausen who is stepping down after more than eight years as CEO. Nordea Asset Management has hired Briton Mark Lovett as its equity CIO. Lovett joins from a role as head of equities and deputy chief investment officer at UK-based Ignis Asset Management, which was bought by Standard Life last year. In his new role he will oversee responsible investments.US-based corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm BrownFlynn named Mike Krzus to its team as senior advisor and integrated reporting expert. Krzus will develop integrated reporting and integrated strategic management services to guide BrownFlynn’s clients on tying ESG issues to financial performance. Krzus founded his own consulting firm to advise clients on integrated reporting. He is also an author of numerous reports on integrated reporting with Harvard professor and founding chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Robert Eccles.

Edmund Truell is reportedly resigning as chairman of the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) and will take a role advising Mayor of London Boris Johnson on collaboration between local government pension schemes (LGPS) and infrastructure investment. IPE reported Truell would resign as chairman of the London fund and set up an advisory board for the new partnership it has formed with the Lancashire County Pension Fund.

Clean Air Power, which develops natural gas systems and software for vehicles, has announced a number of departures. John Pettitt and Neill Skinner are to step down as directors to ensure the firm complies with Bermuda by-laws. The board has suspended trading of its shares on AIM amid discussions that may lead to an offer for the group. Link

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is seeking one candidate from the investment community to join its Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB). The role would start in September/October 2015 and last for a term of three years. Questions and expressions of interest, including a CV and a short bio, should be directed to Pamela Carpio. The application period ends on August 21.

US-based social investor and lender RSF Social Finance is seeking social impact fellows. The fellowships are open to graduate, students and professionals within the US and Canada who are seeking a career in social finance. The application deadline is September 4 2015.

The Responsible Investment team of USS Investment Management is looking to recruit a senior analyst. USS Investment Management manages assets for the £50bn Universities Superannuation Scheme. Link

Environmental campaign group WWF is seeking a sustainable finance specialist to be responsible for delivering its sustainable finance programme, with an initial focus on the upcoming global campaign on World Heritage Sites.

PIRC, the UK-based governance research house, is seeking an Engagement Services Executive. “We are seeking a talented and experienced individual to join and develop PIRC’s longstanding institutional shareholder engagement work with listed companies,” it says. The closing date is September 4.