RI People & Appointments, Feb. 11: New chairman at Australian Ethical

The latest ESG movers and shakers

André Morony had resigned as chairman of Australian asset management firm Australian Ethical, to be succeeded by current board member Steve Gibbs. Gibbs, who chairs CAER (Corporate Analysis Enhanced Responsibility), is a former chair of the Responsible Investment Academy Advisory Council and was involved in the inception of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. “During my two years as Chair, Australian Ethical has faced a number of challenges not the least of which has been the difficult external environment all funds management organisations have faced,” Morony said. The firm has also appointed two new directors. Mara Bun is the founding CEO of Green Cross Australia while Tony Cole is the former Asia Pacific head at Mercer Investment Consulting. Announcement

Jens Ulltveit-Moe has resigned as chairman of the board at Renewable Energy Corporation, the loss-making Norway-based solar electricity solutions provider with revenues of around €1.7bn. He has been succeeded by Mimi Berdal, the legal expert who has been on the board since 2011. “The board is grateful for Jens Ulltveit-Moe’s contributions both as key investor and chairman of REC in a challenging period and acknowledges his visionary enthusiasm for REC and the solar industry,” REC said

Laureen Tessier has left her position as Responsible Investment Analyst at Proxinvest, the Paris-based proxy voting advisor to join France’s Caisse des Dépôts, the long-term public investment group, as an Extra Financial Analyst.

Fiona Dunsire has been appointed UK chief executive at investment consultants Mercer. She is a Senior Partner and Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and joined the firm as a graduate in 1988. Announcement*Inge Kauer has been named as the Executive Director* of the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a new initiative that will rank food and beverage makers on their nutrition practices. She joins from Dutch management consultants Boer & Croon. The ATNI Independent Advisory Panel is chaired by Keith Bezanson. A Global Index report will be released on March 12. Link

Jason Windsor has been named Chief Strategy and Development Officer at UK insurance giant Aviva – and will assume responsibility for fund management arm Aviva Investors. He will report to Group CEO Mark Wilson and work with Aviva Investors’ interim CEO Paul Abberley “to ensure the business is positioned to perform to its potential”. Pat Regan continues as Chairman of Aviva Investors. Abberley took the role on the departure of Alain Dromer last year.

Adele Smith Simmons, a senior executive at Metropolis Strategies and a board member at insurance brokerage firm Marsh & McLennan, has joined the board at US sustainability advocacy group Ceres. At Marsh & McLennan, the parent of investment consultant Mercer, Simmons chairs the firm’s board committee on Social Responsibility.

Cordaid, the Dutch-based Catholic Organisation for Relief & Development Aid, is seeking a Director of Extractives. The Cordaid Extractives team is based in The Hague, The Netherlands, and is active in South Sudan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Colombia. The deadline for applications is February 21.