RI People & Appointments, Feb. 3: Principles for Responsible Investment takes on new staff

The latest ESG movers and shakers

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has taken on several new staff recently. Tomi Nummela, Senior Manager Listed Assets, joins from the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, where he managed the Investment Leaders Group. Mandy Kirby, Reporting and Assessment Manager, joins from sustainability consultancy Maplecroft. Brett Phillips, Editor, Communications, has held a number of communications and writing roles at pension funds in the UK and Australia. Alison Biscoe, Operations Executive, Investor Engagements, will be responsible for managing the Clearinghouse platform and collaborative engagements. She has recently graduated from the University of Nottingham. As previously reported, Dustin Neuneyer becomes European Network Manager.

Sarah Gelfand, Director of Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) and the ImpactBase, an online directory of impact investment vehicles, at the not-for-profit Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), is leaving the body after nearly four and a half years. She will remain engaged with IRIS as a member of the IRIS Advisory Board.

Dr Michael Molitor, Kristian Brüning and Dr Alex Rau have joined the Climate Bonds team to support a newly convened supervisory Climate Science Advisory Committee, supervising eligibility criteria for the Climate Bond Standards. The three have previously been involved in the development process of the Global Reporting Initiative and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas Protocol. All three have previously held key climate change-related at both McKinsey and PwC.

Fritz Schur is to step down as chairman of DONG Energy after nine years in the role. It follows the Danish Parliament’s Finance Committee approval of a deal that will see Goldman Sachs and pension funds ATP and PFA become shareholders. Schur will step down at the Annual General Meeting on March 12.Bennett Egeth has been named President of Broadridge Financial Solutions’ newly expanded Investment Management business, which will now include Paladyne Systems, acquired in 2011. Lou Longhi joins as Global Head of Investment Management Sales, based in New York. Jonathan Cross will assume the new role of Chief Operating Officer of the business, based in London. Announcement

Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City Mayor and founder of the news and data giant, has been appointed as the United Nations’ special envoy for cities and climate change by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Christer Käck has been appointed as a new member of the board of Swedish state buffer fund Andra AP-fonden (AP2) by the government. Käck is a fixed income portfolio manager formerly with DNB Asset Management and Skandia Asset Management.

Gamal Albinsaid of Indonesia has been awarded the Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize by the UK’s Prince Charles at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace alongside Unilever CEO Paul Polman and University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz.

Mark Reid has assumed global leadership for consulting firm Towers Watson’s Executive Compensation consulting practice. London-based Reid, who has been with Towers Watson and its predecessor firms since 1991, succeeds Doug Friske, who will continue to be part of the Talent and Rewards segment’s leadership team and will be responsible for growing Towers Watson’s executive compensation market share.

The Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership is seeking a Programme Manager for its new Investment Leaders Group (ILG). The ILG is a group of leading asset managers and owners who have joined forces with the University of Cambridge in the UK in a three-year project looking at how investors can realise positive environmental and social outcomes alongside robust, long-term investment returns. The deadline for applications is February 19.