RI People & Appointments, August 26: Glass Lewis, NEI Investments, Regnan, Oekom Research

The latest ESG movers & shakers

Daniel J. Smith has been named Director of Research at CGI Glass Lewis, the Australian subsidiary of governance analysis and proxy voting firm Glass Lewis. It follows the promotion last year of former director and now General Manager Aaron Bertinetti. Smith will work closely with Bertinetti and Director of Engagement, Bridget Murphy. Prior to joining the firm, he was Vice President and Head of Research Operations for Australia and New Zealand at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Link

Tributes have poured in from the UK social investment sector for Stephen Lloyd, of law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite, who has died in a boating accident aged 63. Big Society Capital expressed its sadness for Lloyd, who had played a pivotal role in its formation. Rod Schwartz, founder and CEO of ClearlySo, which helps social entrepreneurs raise capital, paid tribute to someone who was “indisputably the social impact investment sector’s leading legal light”. Lloyd created the Community Interest Company (or the ‘CIC’), a dedicated legal form for social enterprises, of which there are now more than 10,000 registered. He also sat on the board of the Social Stock Exchange. He is survived by his wife Lorna, children and grandchildren.

Hanna Yang has joined Canadian SRI specialist NEI Investments as an ESG Analyst. She has been a Researcher at the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) and Consultant with Greenpeace. She has also had spells at Ernst & Young, Lazard and Societe Generale.

Kevin Branton has been appointed as senior analyst at Regnan, the Australian environmental, social and governance (ESG) firm that is owned by a group of institutional investors, according to the Sustainability Report. It said Branton joins after stints with firms including Maple-Brown Abbott, Merrill Lynch, and ABN AMRO.

Silke Ladewig, Manager of Client Relations at Oekom Research, is leaving the German ESG firm at the end of this week. Ladewig joined Oekom in 2010 as Manager of Corporate Communications before moving to her current role a year later. Prior to her time at the Munich-based firm, Ladewig was Head of Press and Public Relations at German private bank Hauck & Aufhäuser.

Kara Hurst, CEO of US-based research group the Sustainability Consortium (TSC), has reportedly been named as the first sustainability executive at online retailer Amazon. Greenbiz quoted an internal TSC memo as saying she was joining Amazon later this year. Hurst, who joined TSC in 2012, was previously with BSR. Separately, TSC has named Malcolm Fox as Chief Operating Officer and Susan Arnot Heaney as Director of Marketing, Development & Communications.Zaiga Strautmane, Head of ESG at €13.4bn Danish pension scheme Unipension, is the new Chair of an Advisory Board at Hermes Equity Ownership Services (EOS), the UK engagement firm that’s ultimately owned by the BT Pension Scheme. She succeeds Stéphanie Lachance, Vice President for Responsible Investments at Canadian pension investor PSP Investments. The board was set up two years ago so clients could provide the UK firm with guidance on its engagement efforts. Said Strautmane: “I see my role as a Chair of the Advisory Board to ensure that the clients of Hermes EOS receive the best possible quality service.”

Zoë Shaw has been appointed as head of fixed income at Hermes Fund Managers, a new role. She joins from specialist firm Promethion Ltd. and will report to Hermes’ CEO Saker Nusseibeh. Announcement

Anders Damgaard has been named as Chief Investment and Risk Officer at PFA, Denmark’s biggest commercial pension provider that has DKK400bn (€53.7bn) in assets. Damgaard joins from Danske Bank, where he was Vice President and Global Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking. Link (Danish)

Forum for the Future, the sustainability non-profit, has named five new members of its Board of Trustees. They are: Volker Beckers, former Group CEO at RWE Npower; Kelvyn Derrick, ex- CEO at Hamworthy plc; Lucy Siegle, columnist at The Observer and founder of the Observer Ethical Awards; Fiona Thompson, Vice-Chair of CARE International; and Anita Tiessen, Deputy Executive Director for UNICEF UK.

The Global Green Growth Institute, the new Seoul-based body established by governments at the UN Rio+20 Conference in June 2012, is seeking a Deputy Director of Public Private Cooperation (PPC). Link

An Executive Director is being recruited for the Global Network Initiative, the Washington-based freedom of expression/privacy advocacy group where Calvert Investments’ Senior Vice President Bennett Freeman is Secretary of the Board. The GNI has been chaired since earlier this year by international human rights lawyer Mark Stephens. Link

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, which tracks human rights abuse and advances of companies around the world, is seeking a Corporate Accountability and Communications Officer. The closing date for applications for the London-based role is August 28.

A Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager role is being advertised at drugs firm Pfizer in the UK. The role is to develop and deliver Pfizer UK’s stakeholder engagement and corporate responsibility strategy and lead on reputation, social investment and engagement programmes. Link