RI People & Appointments, Feb. 18: New role for ex-CalPERS and Hermes chief Anson

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Mark Anson, the former Chief Investment Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and CEO of the BT Pension Scheme and Hermes Pension Management, has joined the family office of Robert M. Bass as CIO, according to a report in Pensions & Investments. Anson, a former chairman of the International Corporate Governance Network, was most recently CIO at Bass’s $8bn private equity company Oak Hill Investment Management. Last year, Oak Hill and the Environmental Defense Fund announced they were working together to integrate environmental metrics with core business strategies to improve the performance of portfolio companies. Oak Hill has also developed strategies for “institutionalizing” environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations at portfolio companies at the board and management level.

Brice Lalonde has been named to the honorary role of Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to the UN Global Compact. Prior to his recent position of UN Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Lalonde was French Ambassador for climate change, French Minister for the Environment and Chairman of the Round Table for Sustainable Development at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Announcement

Sir Adrian Montague is stepping down as deputy chairman of the UK’s £3bn Green Investment Bank in April, having been appointed in May 2011 to chair the advisory group that preceded the bank’s launch.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has named four new vice presidents. They are Malik Amin Aslam Khan (Pakistan), Miguel Pellerano (Argentina), John Robinson (US) and Marina von Weissenberg (Finland). They were appointed at the IUCN Council meeting in Switzerland last month.

Michael McNicholas is to leave his role as chief executive of Ireland-based renewables firm NTR to become CEO at utility supplier Bord Gáis Éireann. Link*The US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment* (US SIF) has appointed four new board directors. They are: Meredith Benton, Client Portfolio Manager at Boston Common Asset Management; Justin Conway, Senior Director of Investment Partnerships at Calvert Foundation; Kimberlee Cornett, Director of Social Investments, the Kresge Foundation; and Dan Nielsen, Director of SRI, Christian Brothers Investment Services. Michelle Clayman, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, New Amsterdam Partners, was re-elected to the board. Announcement

Katherine O’Dea has been appointed Senior Director, Advisory Services and Innovation at US-based not-for-profit sustainability group GreenBlue. She was previously a Senior Fellow and Director of Advisory Services at the group. Announcement

Ahmed Nada is joining US-listed solar photovoltaic firm First Solar as Vice President of Business Development for the Middle East. He joins after 14 years at General Electric, most recently as regional general manager of GE Oil & Gas Global Services. Link

Sandy Svetcov, a partner at US class action specialist law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, has passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer aged 72. Link

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched five calls for experts to act as members of various panels, working groups and teams. The calls cover its Methodologies Panel, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, Small-Scale Working Group, Accreditation Panel and Registration and Issuance Team. Interested applicants can apply via the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) website. Link

A Manager, Advisory Services is being sought for the Paris office of corporate sustainability organisation BSR. The position is full-time and reports to the Director, EMEA Advisory Services. The BSR network comprises nearly 300 member companies worldwide.