RI People & Appointments, August 18: MSCI seeks new Global Head of Corporate Governance Research

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Index and ESG firm MSCI is seeking a Global Head of Corporate Governance Research, to be based in London, according to its careers site. MSCI – which recently acquired governance firm GMI Ratings for $15m, says it “aims to establish a leading position” in the market for Corporate Governance research. “We are seeking an exceptional candidate to lead Corporate Governance research, analysis, and ratings.” The person will lead the development of a deep Corporate Governance research offering that will emphasize corporate behaviors that signal investment risks. The development of a comprehensive suite of corporate governance research will “dovetail with but be distinct from” MSCI ESG Research’s flagship ESG Ratings product. The successful candidate will lead recruitment and supervision of a dedicated Corporate Governance Research team. Also being recruited are a Global Head of ESG Marketing, an EMEA Head of ESG Research and Head of Governance Ratings.

Sharon Bowles, the former MEP who chaired the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, has joined the board of the London Stock Exchange Group as a non-executive director. The exchange said Bowles “played a significant role shaping European policy impacting financial sector regulation, including the key second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MIFID II)”.

Fredric Nyström, the former Engagement Coordinator at engagement firm GES, is joining Swedish asset manager Ohman on August 25 as Head of Responsible Investment. Ohman was founded in 1906 and has SEK27bn (€3bn) under management. Link

Olof Persson and Carolina Tohá have been named as co-chairs of the United Nations’ High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. They are, respectively, CEO of the Volvo Group and Mayor of Santiago, Chile. Announcement

Sir Win Bischoff, the new chair of UK watchdog the Financial Reporting Council – the body which oversees the Stewardship and Governance Codes – has been appointed chairman of JPMorgan Chase’s European arm from January. Industry veteran Bischoff, who stepped down as chair of Lloyds Bank earlier this year, will work about two days a week at the bank and two and a half days at the FRC.Craig Mackenzie, the former head of Head of Sustainability at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) has taken on a new role following SWIP’s acquisition by Aberdeen Asset Management. He will be leading on strategic asset allocation (SAA) for Aberdeen’s £90bn multi-asset investment business. “But it is a big change of direction for me,” he said. “Rather than focusing narrowly on sustainability, I’ll be covering the full range of economic issues. I’ll also be much closer to the sharp end of investment. There is a fair bit of continuity too – forecasting long-term carbon emissions, for example, involves many of the same fundamental considerations.” He added: “It is already clear to me that broad ESG factors are highly relevant to long-term asset allocation, and I look forward to joining the discussion in the RI community about ESG-integration in SAA.” He said he’s handed over to Cindy Rose, Head of ESG Research.

Maurice Munnik has been named as director of group finance at Dutch pension fund manager APG. He is currently head of business control at APG Asset Management and takes over from Nico Haster, who left in early July. Munnik will be replaced by senior controller Henk van Dijken.

A Chair of the Board of Trustees is being sought by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), the UK think tank that promotes social, economic and environmental justice. Current chair Sam Clarke, the ex-Chair of Friends of the Earth, is coming to the end of his term of office. The NEF added: “At the same time we will recruit to a new role of Vice Chair as well as one further Trustee.” Link

Social Impact (SI), the Arlington, Virginia-based international development management consulting firm, is seeking a Vice President of Business Development. SI’s clients include US government agencies such as: USAID, the Millenium Challenge Corporation, the US Department of State; bilateral donors; multilateral development banks; foundations; and non-profits. The role reports to SI’s President and will coordinate closely with other members of the Senior Management team.

Unitus Seed Fund, the new $13m seed-stage investment fund based in Bangalore and Seattle, is seeking eight ‘Startup Scouts’ at various locations in India to be its local representatives, sourcing early stage deals.