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RI People & Appointments, Feb. 10: Danyelle Guyatt, ex-Catholic Super/Mercer, sets up own ESG firm

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Danyelle Guyatt has left her position as Investment Manager at Australia’s A$5.2bn (€3.8bn) Catholic Super Fund to set up an ESG research and advisory firm for institutional investors focusing on long-horizon investing. The new company is called Collaborare Advisory and is based in Melbourne, Australia. Guyatt said she continues to have an ongoing relationship with Catholic Super, which has become a client of Collaborare. Guyatt had been with Catholic Super for just over two years. Before returning to her native Australia, she was based in London, latterly as a Principal at Mercer Investment Consulting with responsibilities as Global Head of Research for responsible investment. Prior to that she was a fund manager with Deutsche Asset Management.

Dan Sheldon has stepped down as Chief Financial Officer of investor services firm Broadridge Financial Solutions following a leave of absence due to illness. The company has started the search for a permanent replacement. During Sheldon’s leave, Michael Liberatore, who until recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Broadridge’s Mutual Fund and Retirement Solutions Group, assumed the role of Acting Principal Financial Officer. David Lisa, Corporate Controller, took the role of Acting Principal Accounting Officer. Link

Frances Way, Co-chief Operating Officer at environmental data body CDP has been appointed as a director of UK-based environmental, social and governance research firm EIRIS. Two other directors have been named: David Bent, director of Sustainable Business, Forum for the Future; and Mauricio Lazala Leibovich (Deputy Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre).

Andreas Hoepner, Associate Professor of Finance at the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) at Henley Business School, has announced via Linked-In that he is taking a role as Partner in a new private ESG research firm called KPX. The venture is understood to include Bill Mills, Managing Partner of Highland Good Steward Management, Christian Benigni, Senior Advisor at First Avenue Partners, the advisory and placement agent, and Damian Borth at the University of Kaiserslauten. Hoepner is also a Senior Academic Fellow with the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.Jenna Palumbo has been appointed Director for Western Australia at Social Ventures Australia (SVA), the Sydney-based social finance specialist. Palumbo was most recently Investment Director at Big Society Capital in London.

Matthew Doyle has been named to the new role of Commercial Director at Hermes Equity Ownership Services, the stewardship service of Hermes Fund Managers with over £129bn (€155bn) of assets under advice. He will report to Hermes EOS’s Chief Executive Colin Melvin. In addition, Jakob Nilsson has been appointed director of business development for Asia for Hermes Fund Managers. He has relocated to Singapore from his previous role as director for business development for the Nordic region. Johan Stromberg replaces him in the Nordics while Antonis Maggoutas is named sales manager, Germany and Austria.

Alain Grisay, the former CEO of UK-based fund manager F&C Investments, has died aged 59. He joined F&C in 2001 as head of its European institutional business. He headed the company from 2006 to 2012.

Marco Lambertini has been named Director General of WWF International, the environmental campaign group. He is currently chief executive of BirdLife International, and will take over from Jim Leape later this year. Announcement

Kirsten Tompkins has been appointed Chairman of the new Financial Advisory Board at Canadian renewable energy developer Greenbriar Capital, the company headed by former Western Wind Energy founder Jeff Ciachurski. Tompkins’ former position of CFO is awarded to Lisa Dea, former CFO at Toronto-listed silver miner Silvermex Resources. Announcement

Bill Rumble, Chief Commercial Officer at energy saving group Mark Group has been named Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee of the UK’s Sustainable Energy Association (formerly the Micropower Council). He takes over from Donald Daw, Divisional Commercial Director of Mitsubishi Electric.

Joy Higa has been appointed to the California State Teachers’ Retirement Board. Higa has held multiple positions at managed health care company UnitedHealth Group since 2006, having formerly been policy director at the California State Controller’s Office. Link