RI People & Appointments, December 21: former Eurosif head joins Nordea

The latest ESG movers and shakers.

François Passant, former Executive Director of Eurosif, has joined Nordea Asset Management as Global Head of Marketing & Business Management, based out of Luxembourg.
Passant left Eurosif in July to move back to the fund management industry. Passant had previously spent many years in asset management, latterly as Executive Director of Vanguard Investments Europe before joining Eurosif in September 2011. Flavia Micilotta, a sustainability consultant previously with the Foreign Trade Association, the Brussels-based retail industry body, was recently named as the new Executive Director of Eurosif.

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has re-advertised for a new Head. Created in 1992 as a platform linking the United Nations with the financial sector globally, it currently has over 200 members representing banks, insurers and investors from across the world. Interested candidates are invited to apply before January 29 2016. The role will take over from Charles Anderson, who left the role in February after just a year in the role, with Eric Usher becoming Acting Head. At the time of Anderson’s departure, the Geneva-based body had advertised the post. Candidates are invited to review the full description of the post and apply online through the Inspira site (Job reference JO 50585).

Tim Mitchell, former Portfolio Manager at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, has reportedly joined investment consulting firm Towers Watson. Formerly Chief Investment Officer at Colonial First State Global Asset Management, he will be Senior Consultant at the firm’s Investment Practice in London, according to Consultancy UK.

Karsten Kallevig has been named CEO of Norges Bank Real Estate Management, the dedicated organisation for managing the unlisted real estate investments in the Government Pension Fund Global. Kallevig, previously Chief Investment Officer Real Estate in Norges Bank Investment Management, will start his new role on January 1. Separately, Runar Malkenes has been appointed Director of Communications at Norges Bank; he is currently Director of Communications at the Ministry of Finance. Announcement

Peter Romanowski and Michael Vahrenkamp have joined the senior management team at Wermuth Asset Management, the Berlin-based impact investing family office and investment advisor. Romanowski, joins as Structuring Partner while Vahrenkamp is a Partner specialising in energy, water and Latin America.

Ioannis Salavopoulos has been appointed Managing Director at Global Sustain, the corporate sustainability outfit, where he will be responsible for Germany, Austria and International Affairs. Before joining Global Sustain, he had a career in diplomacy for Greece.Roger Ferguson, chief executive at US financial services firm TIAACREF, has joined
the board of food giant General Mills. Prior to joining TIAACREF, Ferguson chaired Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, and partner at McKinsey & Company. Also joining the General Mills board is Eric Sprunk, chief operating officer at Nike.

Dominique Lamiot has been re-appointed chairman of French civil service supplementary pension scheme ERAFP, the 100% SRI investor. Lamiot has been chair since 2013 and the role is filled by presidential decree.

Asset manager Robeco has named Bert Bruggink, currently a member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial & Risk Officer of Rabobank, as chair of its Supervisory Board, taking over from Dick Verbeek. Roland Toppen is appointed as member of the Management Board, responsible for Finance. Announcement

Carl Rosén is stepping down as chief executive of the Swedish Shareholders’ Association to join the Swedish Ministry of Industry, according to IPE.com. Rosén, former head of corporate governance at buffer fund AP2, was formerly executive director of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).

Dick Sluimers, outgoing chair at Dutch pension investor APG, has been named to the supervisory board of NIBC, the finance group. Sluimers, who is on the boards at Akzo Nobel and Atradius, will chair NIBC’s Audit Committee.

Caroline Banszky is retiring as Group Managing Director of Law Debenture, the London-listed fiduciary services and investment trust firm. Banszky, in the role since 2002, will retire by the end of October next year. The board will now identify a replacement. Announcement

Francisco Suárez Hernández, Corporate Affairs Officer of Coca-Cola FEMSA, has been named as chair of the World Environment Center, the Washington-based corporate sustainability body. He takes over from outgoing Chair Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer.

Triodos Investment Management, a 100% subsidiary of Triodos Bank, has advertised vacancies for an Equity Analyst for its Emerging Markets team and an Impact Bond Analyst to a ssess sustainability and financial performance of impact bonds.