RI People & Appointments, Feb. 23: ShareAction, BSR, Clean Development Mechanism, Jupiter, Norges Bank, SSGA

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Emma Howard Boyd, former Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management, is joining
ShareAction as the campaign group’s new Chair in April. She currently serves on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Environment Agency, Future Cities Catapult and the 30% Club Steering Committee. Her past board and advisory roles have included being a director of Triodos Renewables PLC; Vice Chair and Chair of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF). She takes over from Jenine Langrish, who is moving on having completed a six-year term.

Karina Litvack, the former Head of Governance & Sustainable Investment at funds firm F&C, has joined the board of directors at BSR, the business sustainability organisation. Litvack, who’s an independent non-executive director at Italy’s Eni, joins other BSR board directors such as Generation Investment Management Partner Colin le Duc, Unilever’s Chief Sustainability Officer Jeff Seabright and Mark Devadason, Group Head of Sustainability at Standard Chartered.

Imoni Akpofure has been named as a new Regional Director, Africa at CDC, the UK’s development finance institution. She joins CDC after a long career at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where her most recent role was as Director, Western Europe. She will be based in Lagos and focus on making sure CDC’s capital is being invested to support growing companies in Anglophone and Francophone West Africa. Announcement

Lambert Schneider has taken over as Chair of the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board. Schneider, who joined the Board in 2013 and who is a researcher on carbon markets, climate policy and energy policy, takes over from Hugh Sealy at the CDM, which is one of the flexibility mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol. Announcement

Priya Mathur, the CalPERS official who sits on the Advisory Council and Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has been re-instated as Chair of the pension fund’s Pension and Health Benefits Committee. She had been removed from the post last year following violations of California campaign ethics laws.

Erik Diks will join supply chain consulting firm Chainalytics as managing director to lead the company’s European business. He joins
from consulting firm PWC.

Christiane Laibach has joined the board of DEG, the German development finance body that’s part of KfW, succeeding Michael Bornmann on his retirement. DEG said Laibach, formerly a member of the Management Board of KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, is the first woman on DEG’s board. Link*The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)* is seeking signatory applications for a newly open spot on the Private Equity (PE) Steering Committee. The Steering Committee advises the PRI on the strategy and execution of the PE work stream. The deadline for submission is February 27.

Polly Williams, a former partner at KPMG with responsibility for the group audit of HSBC Group among others, is joining the board of Jupiter Fund Management, the UK-based asset manager, as an independent non-executive director. She will chair Jupiter’s Audit Committee, taking over from Liz Airey, who now chairs Jupiter.

Benjardin Gärtner will join Union Investment, the Frankfurt-based asset manager with €232bn in assets, as its new Head of Equities. He joins from Deutsche Bank, where he was Co-Head of the bank’s Equity Team and member of its German management committee. He replaces Michael Schmidt, who left Union at the end of 2014. He reports to Björn Jesch, Union’s Head of Portfolio Management who has taken over Schmidt’s responsibilities in the interim.

Haibo (Victor) Xiong has been named as President of Suntech, the China-based solar photovoltaic company. He’s a 10-year veteran of the firm, said parent company Wuxi Suntech Power.

Fatih Birol has appointed the next Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and will begin his term on September 1. He joined the IEA in 1995 and is currently its Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics. He succeeds Maria van der Hoeven. Link

Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, is recruiting an ESG Analyst – Risk Monitoring. “Your role will be to help develop the risk area’s analysis in the responsible investment area, focusing on developing methodologies to support company, sector and country analysis,” Norges says. The role is located in Oslo.

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the fund management arm of US banking giant State Street, has advertised for Governance Analyst. The London-based role “requires familiarity of corporate governance, proxy voting and environmental and social considerations within an investment context”.

CDP, the investor backed environmental data body formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, has advertised for an Account Manager, Investor Engagement. The Account Manager will report to CDP’s Head of Investor Initiatives and lead CDP’s engagement with specific investors. [Note: The deadline was February 13.]