RI People & Appointments, December 7: FRC, SuMi Trust, Old Mutual, Canada’s RIA, Generation Foundation

The round-up of the latest ESG movers and shakers

Paul George, formerly Director of the Professional Oversight Board at UK watchdog the Financial Reporting Council, has been announced as the council’s new executive director of corporate reporting and governance. The appointment is part of the council’s executive re-structuring as part of its 2016/19 strategy.

Hiroshi Komori, Associate General Manager at Japan-based asset management firm SuMi Trust ($453bn) and a leading figure in corporate governance in the country, is leaving the organisation. Komori, who will be succeeded by Mari Murata, has yet to announce his next assignment but has indicated it will involve the new Stewardship Code.

Trevor Manuel, South Africa’s Finance Minister under Nelson Mandela, has been named as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Board Risk Committee on investment firm Old Mutual as of January.

The Responsible Investment Association (RIA), the Canadian responsible investment membership body, has announced the latest cohort of professionals to receive its Responsible Investment Advisors and Professionals certification, which was launched in 2014. Recipients include: Bibiana Leikucs, Investment Analyst with advisory firm, Raymond James Ltd.; Christian Farstad, Portfolio Manager and Wealth Advisor, ScotiaMcLeod; Eric Goss, Officer at credit union, Alterna Savings; Walter Viguiliouk, Research Associate at investment firm, Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd.

Daniela Saltzman, director of The Generation Foundation will join the board of directors of the 2° Investing Initiative.

Don Blankenship, the former chief executive at US mining firm Massey Energy, has reportedly been found guilty in federal court of conspiring to violate safety standards at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, where an explosion 2010 killed 29 people. Sentencing was set for March 23, Reuters reported and added that the 65-year-old could face a fine of up to $250,000 and a year in prison.David Nish, former CEO at Standard Life Plc, has been named as Independent Non-Executive Director at the London Stock Exchange Group. Also joining the board as a non-executive director is Lex Hoogduin, the former Chief Economist at Robeco who is currently Chairman of LCH.Clearnet. Hoogduin is a former Executive Director at De Nederlandsche Bank.

Simon Pordage has been revealed as the new President at the Governance Institute of Australia, the governance-focused independent professional body, according to reports . Pordage, a member of the institute’s board since 2012, and who was Vice-President prior to this appointment, is also currently Company Secretary at the Australian Foundation Investment Company Ltd and was previously Deputy Company Secretary for ANZ Banking Group. He also Chairs the Institute’s Major Policy Committee.

Andrew Behar, Chief Executive Officer of As You Sow, an NGO advocating environmental and corporate responsibility, is inviting suggestions for a title for his book focused on the ‘power shareholder’s have to change the world’, which is set to be published in the New Year. Link

Henrik Brünniche Lund, formerly Head of Research at Carnegie Bank, has been appointed Investor Relations Director at energy firm DONG. Most recently Head of Investor Relations at shipping firm Mærsk, he will report to CFO Marianne Wiinholt.

The European Green Party has re-elected Italy’s Monica Frassoni and Germany’s Reinhard Bütikofer as its Co-chairs for four more years. The vote amongst members occurred during its 23rd Council meeting.

Sustainable bank Triodos is seeking an impact bond analyst in response to growth of its assets under management. The analyst will be responsible for researching impact bonds, like green, social and blue bonds for Triodos in the Netherlands. The position is based in Zeist and applicants must have or obtain a valid European Union work permit.