RI People & Appointments, August 5: Carbon Tracker Initiative seeking chief executive

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Carbon Tracker Initiative, the London-based non-governmental organisation familiar for its work on ‘Unburnable Carbon’, is seeking a chief executive to lead it in fulfilling its vision of bringing global financial markets into line with climate security by 2020. The role will have a “highly competitive” salary in line with “private sector corporations or banks”. The initiative says: “You will amaze the markets when you defect from the incumbency to the revolution. You will be a proven leader, manager, fundraiser, grower of businesses and front person.” Link

The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the membership organisation including institutional investors with more than $18trn in assets under management, has advertised for a Managing Director to lead its London-based Secretariat. Applications should by made by September 30. It’s expected the successful candidate will start early in the New Year. Former ICGN Executive Director Carl Rosen announced his departure around a year ago to set up his own advisory firm. The ICGN is shortly to release a Statement of Principle for Institutional Investor Responsibilities and a Statement and Guidance on Gender Diversity on Boards.

Shannon Shin, Senior Manager for the Sustainability and Climate Change practice of Deloitte, has joined the Technical Working Group at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), which works to integrate climate change-related information into corporate reporting.

Olga Elsenga has started as senior adviser for responsible investment at PGGM, the €134 Dutch pension investor. She was previously senior legal counsel at NYSE Euronext and Citco Bank Nederland.

Paula Glick has joined the MSCI ESG Research sales team as a Vice President, responsible for leading Research Sales in Canada. She was previously Director of Institutional Relations at the ESG research house Sustainalytics.Jameela Pedicini has joined the Harvard Management Co., which manages the $30bn university endowment, as its first ever Vice President for Sustainable Investing. She joins from the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), where she was investment officer for global governance. Pedicini will work with CEO Jane Mendillo and report to Chief Compliance Officer Kathryn Murtagh. Before joining CalPERS, Pedicini was Manager of Investor Engagements at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Announcement

The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) has advertised for a new CEO to succeed Ann Byrne, who announced earlier this year that she was stepping down after more than five years in the role. ACSI represents 35 not-for-profit industry and government superannuation funds with more than six million members and A$350bn under management. Applications close on August 12.

Carol Browner, the former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2001, has joined global agribusiness Bunge – the parent of Climate Change Capital – as an independent director. Browner is currently a senior counselor at advisory firm Albright Stonebridge Group.

Sharon Allen, the former US chair of Deloitte LLP, has been appointed to the board of First Solar, the Nasdaq-listed solar photovoltaic systems provider. She is also an independent director of Bank of America Corporation and serves on its Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee.

Deborah Wallace, founder and principal at governance advisory firm BrinkPoint Consulting, has been named a Fellow of the Governance & Accountability Institute, the US-based CSR and SRI body. Wallace, a former Vice President at Fidelity and Senior Consultant at Towers Watson, has written a white paper for the institute called “The Role of Conscious Capitalism in Corporate Governance Reform.”