RI People & Appointments, Feb. 27: Australian ESG firm Regnan searching for CEO as Wilson steps down

The round-up of the latest ESG movers and shakers

Amanda Wilson has stepped down as CEO of Regnan, the Australian ESG research and engagement firm that is owned by BT Investment Management and the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation. She aims to transition to a “portfolio career” having led Regnan since 2011; she will remain a consultant with the Sydney-based firm. “The Board has complete confidence that the executive leadership team will continue to offer clients expert advisory solutions and global best practices to support their performance in the long term,” the firm said in a statement, adding that a recruitment process to appoint a new CEO has now started. The board comprises two directors: Rajinder Singh, a Portfolio Manager at BTIM and Alison Tarditi, Chief Investment Officer at CSC. The two investors took over at Regnan in 2015 when several large institutional investors withdrew to become clients instead. Regnan was launched in 2007 having operated previously as the BT Governance Advisory Service.

NN Investment Partners, the Dutch asset manager formerly known as ING Investment Management, has made three responsible investing appointments: Adrie Heinsbroek, Faryda Lindeman and Johan van der Lugt. Heinsbroek will be head of the team, joining from ING Bank Belgium where he was Head of Sustainability. Lindeman becomes Senior Corporate Governance Specialist and joins from ESG research house Sustainalytics. She was formerly with MN and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Van der Lugt will be Senior ESG Specialist, joining from Robeco, where he was a Senior Equity Analyst for Global Financials. He was a member of the Research Committee of Eumedion, the Dutch Corporate Governance platform, and has also had stints with Daiwa Capital Markets, ING Group, ABN AMRO and McKinsey.

Rt Revd Dr David Atkinson, now retired as Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Southwark, has become a patron of Operation Noah, the London-based Christian charity focused on climate change. He was formerly Fellow and Chaplain of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Canon Chancellor of Southwark Cathedral and Archdeacon of Lewisham. The other patrons are Sir John Houghton, Professor Michael Northcott and Ann Pettifor.Adrian Orr, chief executive of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, has been elected as chair of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI), the San Francisco-based body for pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations and commercial asset managers. He takes over from Theresa Whitmarsh, executive director of the Washington State Investment Board, who held the position for three years. Orr, under pressure in New Zealand over his 23% pay rise, was previously vice chair of the body. He also chairs the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds. Jeb Burns, chief investment officer for the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan, becomes vice chair of the PPI. Announcement

Class action specialist Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll has said partners Betsy Miller and Victoria Nugent will lead the firm’s Public Client Practice Group as co-chairs. The group represents state attorneys general, municipalities, and other government entities in affirmative, civil law enforcement investigations and litigation. Miller joined the firm in 2009 as a founding member of the practice while Nugent joined the firm in 2000 and has worked with the team since 2011.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration has elected Henry Jones as chair and Bill Slaton as Vice Chair of its Investment Committee. Priya Mathur, who is also a board member of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), will chair the Pension & Health Benefits Committee.

Frank Wolke, Head of Section, Emissions Reduction Projects at the German Federal Environment Agency, has been elected Chair of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the Kyoto Protocol emissions trading body. Wolke, who joined the board in 2015 and was Vice-Chair, will be in post until the first meeting of the Executive Board in 2018; he takes over from Eduardo Calvo. The Bahamas’ Arthur Rolle becomes Vice-Chair.

Eaton Vance, the asset manager that recently bought SRI firm Calvert, has expanded in Japan. It said its Eaton Vance Asia Pacific arm opened a Tokyo-based representative office, headed by Tetsuo Kushiya as Senior Relationship Manager. He reports to Robert White, President of Singapore-based Eaton Vance Management (International) Asia and joins from Mizuho Securities.