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RI People & Appointments, Feb. 1: Inflection Point, M&G, Oekom, Climate Bonds Initiative, Global Canopy Programme

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Marc Brammer, formerly Vice President at MSCI ESG Research, has been appointed Senior Advisor for Research and Data Management at Inflection Point Capital Management, the London-based sustainable asset management firm set up by Matthew Kiernan. Brammer, who had been working as a consultant, was previously at Kiernan’s previous firm Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. Brammer took up the role in January and is based in Glasgow. Inflection Point’s advisors include Paul Clements-Hunt, the former head of the UNEP Finance Initiative and David Pitt-Watson, the former CEO of Hermes Focus Asset Management.

Anne Richards, Chief Investment Officer at Aberdeen Asset Management, has been named CEO of M&G Investments, the funds arm of the UK’s Prudential. Richards, who has held senior roles at JP Morgan Investment Management, Mercury Asset Management and Edinburgh Fund Managers, which was acquired by Aberdeen in 2003, will take over from Michael McLintock, who is retiring.

Dick van Ommeren has joined Triodos Investment Management as Managing Director, the Dutch-based sustainable investor with €3.1bn under management. He previously worked at ABN AMRO MeesPierson, where he was Managing Director Marketing & Products and member of the management group of ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Julia Haake, Director of Oekom Research’s Paris office, has been appointed Director International Business Development at the German ESG research firm. Based in Paris still, Haake will be responsible for managing Oekom’s market presence, business development, and sales managers worldwide.

Mark Burrows, Vice Chairman at Credit Suisse Asia Pacific, has been appointed honorary Senior Adviser to the London-based Climate Bonds Initiative, the group which promotes green bonds.

Sarah Smart and Tilly Ross have joined the board at The Pensions Regulator, the UK watchdog. They are, respectively, Chair of the Pensions Trust and former Global Head of Pensions at National Grid and they replace Isabel Hudson and Bruce Rigby.

Paul Camp, co-founder and head of Business Development & Finance for solar energy firm BELECTRIC UK and for its subsidiary community benefit energy company, Big60Million, has been named as the latest Climate Bond Advisory Panel member at the Climate Bond Initiative. Camp was behind Europe’s first Climate Bonds Certified bond, an investment vehicle for solar farm development by local communities in 2014.Ebba Schmidt memorial. Leanne Clements, Emma Hunt and Faith Ward write: “We were very appreciative to see so many people turn out to the memorial service for Ebba Schmidt on January 27th in London. Link to the RI obituary for Ebba here It was a fitting tribute to a special lady. Ebba would have been very touched to see such solidarity and support for her work and the responsible investment agenda. In her honour, may we continue to work together with the same spirit and determination as she did. For those that still wish to contribute there is now a new fundraising page for St Christopher’s Hospice, who took care of Ebba in her final week. The page can be found here

Niki Mardas, Deputy Director of the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), has been promoted to Executive Director at the international environmental NGO. Mardas replaces Andrew Mitchell, who founded GCP fifteen years ago, and will remain at the tropical forest safeguarding think tank as Founder Director.

Hazel Blears, the former UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has been named chair at Social Investment Business. Blears succeeds Sir Stephen Bubb at the fund which has invested more than £63m in over 400 community organisations. Link

Bob Qutub, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at US based ESG research and index firm MSCI has announced his decision to retire after three years in the role. It is expected that Qutub will remain in his position until mid-May. Qutub’s successor has not yet been named. Link

The re-appointment of James Murdoch as chairman of satellite TV firm Sky chairman has been called “inappropriate” by Royal London Asset Management (RLAM). “Should Fox make a bid for Sky, investors need a strong independent Chairman to protect the interests of minority shareholders and negotiate the best possible deal,” said Ashley Hamilton Claxton, Corporate Governance Manager at RLAM. RLAM has 4.7m shares in Sky, valued at £49m.

Paul Geller, a partner at securities specialist law firm, Robbins Geller, Rudman & Dowd, had been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee by US District Judge Charles Breyer in the class action brought against Volkswagen in the wake of its emissions scandal. Geller is one of 21 lawyers selected to serve on the committee.

Christian Ringnes and Petter Fredrik Neslein have been named external members of the five-strong real estate investment board at Norges Bank Investment Management, advising on the Government Pension Fund’s investments. Ringnes heads up real estate companies Eiendomsspar and Victoria Eiendom while Neslein runs central Oslo property outfit Pecunia.

Guggenheim Partners, a US firm with more than $240bn in assets under management, is looking to hire an Equity Research Associate – Renewable Energy (Solar) for its Power and Utilities team.

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), which invests the assets (CAD$275bn) of the Canada Pension Plan, is recruiting for an Associate to join its Sustainable Investing team within the Public Market Investments department.