RI People & Appointments, February 6: UN PRI seeking Director of Global Development

ESG movers and shakers

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment is seeking a Director of Global Development. The role will “oversee signatory recruitment, signatory relations, PRI Networks, signatory communications and the PRI annual and regional events”. The role will “shape the value proposition for signatories and oversee its delivery within the expanding PRI global networks team”. It also oversees PRI communications and events. The deadline for applications for the London-based role is March 16. Link

Henrik Steffensen has left his position as Vice President, Commercial Strategy at ASSET4/ESG at Thomson Reuters. Steffensen is aiming to start a new venture in the area of nature conservation based in the Zurich area. Steffensen was a Co-founder of ASSET4, which was bought for an undisclosed sum in November, 2009.

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI) is looking for a Coordinator (consultant position, 11 months) starting in March 2012.
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Jim Alvarez has been named to succeed Mel Claassen as chief financial officer (CFO) of Everence, the US faith-based asset manger with $1.9bn (€1.45bn) in assets under management. Claassen, an 18-year Everence veteran, plans to retire in July. Announcement

Fergus Dunlop has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of Aqua Resources Fund Ltd., the water-focused fund managed by FourWinds Capital Management. Dunlop, a former partner at Munich-based fund of funds and hedge fund advisory business Südprojekt Gesellschaft für Finanzanalysen, will replace Andrea Rossi, who resigned last month. Link

Kazuya Nagasawa has joined index and environmental, social governance (ESG) data firm MSCI as Head of Japan. Nagasawa, who replaces Philippe Ballet who has decided to retire at the end of February, was previously at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Chris Huhne, the UK’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has resigned for personal reasons. He has been replaced by Ed Davey, whose post as Employment Relations and Postal Affairs Minister, with a brief covering corporate governance, is taken by Norman Lamb. Link

Alex Jeffrey has been named as chief executive of PRUPIM, the real estate arm of M&G Investments that is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. He joins from real estate investment advisor MGPA. He takes over from Martin Moore, who plans to retire this year. PRUPIM has around £15bn (€18.1bn) in assets under management.Nigel Doughty, co-founder of Doughty Hanson, the UK private equity house and the first private equity company to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) has died aged 54 at his home. In 2006 Doughty donated £3m to establish the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management.

Double Dividend, the Amsterdam-based sustainable investment advisory company, has appointed Bas Clerkx as a partner at the firm. Clerkx was previously Managing Director at Kempen Capital Management’s office in Zürich, Switzerland.

Swiss bank UBS has nominated economist Beatrice Weder di Mauro and lawyer Isabelle Romy as directors to replace Bruno Gehrig and Kaspar Villiger, who will not stand for re-election at the bank’s annual meeting in May. Announcement

Sir William Castell, the former chair of BP’s Safety, Ethics & Environment Assurance Committee, won’t stand for re-election as a director at the oil major’s annual general meeting on April 12. Castell, who was the target for shareholder opposition over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, was replaced in the role by Paul Anderson in December 2011, BP said. Andrew Shilston will succeed Castell as Senior Independent Director and “will be available to shareholders as necessary”.

Jonathan Feigelson, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Governance at TIAACREF, has joined the board of New York-based treasury and risk management software firm Reval. TIAACREF specialises in retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields and has $464bn in assets under management. Link

Debby Blakey has been named as deputy chief executive of HESTA, the A$18bn (€14.8bn) Australian health and community services superannuation fund and PRI signatory. She was formerly Executive Manager – Member Advice. Link

Professor Zou Ji has resigned as China Country Director of the World Resources Institute, the global environmental think tank. He will become Deputy Director of the new National Center for Climate Strategy and International Cooperation of China. Announcement

Campaign group Fair Pensions has a vacancy for an Outreach Officer. The closing date for applications is February 20. Link

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the international financing institution based in Geneva, is seeking four new members for its Audit and Ethics Committee. The application deadline is February 10.