RI People & Appointments, Dec. 17: RBC, NZ Super, Robin Edme, Marta Jankovic, ATP, Intermediate Capital Group

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Ron Homer, Managing Director, Institutional Portfolio Manager and President, Access Capital Strategies has assumed the new role of Chief Strategist of Impact Investing for the US at RBC Global Asset Management. Catherine Banat, Institutional Portfolio Manager, takes on the new role of Director of Responsible Investing in the US. Banat will lead the development of RBC GAM’s responsible investing distribution platform in the US, working alongside Judy Cotte, VP and Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment. Announcement

Stephen Gilmore has been appointed Chief Investment Officer at the NZ$39bn New Zealand Superannuation Fund. He was most recently Chief Investment Strategist at the A$148bn Future Fund in Australia.

Bo Foged has been named interim CEO of Danish labour market pension giant ATP following the resignation of Christian Hyldahl. Foged, currently CFO at the fund, said: “To comply with the questions concerning the position as a permanent CEO of ATP, I can announce that I am not a candidate for this position.”

Marta Jankovic is now Director, Head of Sustainable ETFs for iShares EMEA at BlackRock. She was formlery with Dutch pension investor APG where she was Senior Responsible Investment and Governance specialist. Jankovic, 2017-18 Asset Management Chair of private equity body Invest Europe, was on the working group that set private equity guidelines for the Principles for Responsible Investment.

Eimear Palmer has been named as Responsible Investing Officer at Intermediate Capital Group (ICG), the UK-based specialist asset manager with €33.6bn (€37bn) under management. She joins from The Carlyle Group.

Phil Willcock has resigned as CEO of UK rail sector pensions group Railways Pension Trustee Company to become head of AIG UK Life. He joined Railpen earlier this year from Aviva.

Danae Serrano has been named Acting Ethics Counsel and Designated Agency Ethics Official at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US regulator. Before joining the SEC in 2010, she was an attorney at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, having previously been with the US Air Force.

Paul Shanley has been named as the new chief operating officer at Impact Investment Group, the Australia-based social investment firm. Currently general manager for performance and reporting at Australian Unity, he is a former COO at JB Were and has also served as JB Were’s chief financial officer. He succeeds Ingrid van Dijken.Robin Edme has finished his secondment to the European Commission and returned to the French Government. Edme was appointed as part of the secretariat of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) when the EU created it in 2016, taking time out from his role as Senior Advisor on Responsible Finance to the Commissioner General for Sustainable Development – a position within the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. He has now confirmed that, now that HLEG has been disbanded, he has returned to government in the capacity of High Level Policy Expert on Climate and Sustainable Finance, at the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France.

Alex Doñé has been appointed as the new Chief Investment Officer of the Bureau of Asset Management by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Doñé joined BAM in 2012 and in his six years at the Comptroller’s Office he has served as Executive Director of Private Equity, the Head of Private Equity, Deputy Chief Investment Officer – Private Markets, and most recently, as Interim CIO.

Ayman Chowdhury has been named as the Head of Secretariat at the Global Compact Network Canada, having previously been Senior Sustainability Consultant at the organisation. He takes over from Helle Bank Jorgensen who becomes a Senior Advisor.

The role of Executive Director of the Secretariat of the UN’s Green Climate Fund has been advertised. “The GCF Board is seeking to appoint a highly experienced leader with demonstrated ability to both lead and manage a major international organization, with proven influencing and advocacy skills to build relationships with stakeholders in the public, government and private sector,” the job ad states.

An ESG Specialist, Luxembourg is being sought by Nordea Asset Management. The role is within the Institutional & Wholesale commercial division and reports to the Head of Advisory Marketing.

The Principles for Responsible Investment has advertised a vacancy for a US Network Manager, Signatory Relations.

The Marine Stewardship Council, the sustainable fishing NGO, is recruiting a Head of Stakeholder Engagement.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is looking to hire an Associate Director to MD, Sustainable Infrastructure.

Ceres, the US sustainability advocacy group, is seeking a contractor to help research the development of two investor guides for release next year on the topics of soft commodity supply chains and deforestation.