RI People & Appointments, Jan. 13: GRI’s Wallace leaves US ‘focal point’ role

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Mike Wallace, the Director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Focal Point USA, has left the sustainability standards body. Wallace has returned to California and gone back to consulting. The Focal Point was officially launched at the New York Stock Exchange in January 2011 to bring the GRI to the US market. Marjella Alma is now Interim Head, GRI Focal Point USA & Canada, having joined the GRI in 2007.

Valborg Lie is leaving her role as Special Adviser on Asset Management at Norway’s Ministry of Finance, where she was chiefly responsible for coordinating and developing the Norwegian Government Pension Fund’s responsible investment activities, after eight years. She has moved to the UK and plans to consult on sustainable investment issues.

Sabrina Gröschel has been named as Ethical Money Churches Development Officer at the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), the church-based investor coalition and membership organisation. She will implement a three-year research and development project looking at churches’ stewardship and ownership responsibilities.

Thiemo Gropp is stepping down as director of the Desertec Foundation, the civil society initiative for a sustainable future, and will join the Executive Board of Desertec Power, the Saudi Arabian licensee of the foundation. He will be succeeded by Andreas Huber, managing director of the German Association of the Club of Rome. Frithjof Finkbeiner, vice president of the German Association of the Club of Rome, becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the foundation. Link

Siobhan Martin and Martine Ferland have joined the UK board of investment consulting firm Mercer. Martin is Mercer’s UK human resources director and Ferland leads its Retirement Business in Europe. They join existing female board members Fiona Dunsire, UK CEO, and Jane Barker, chair of Marsh – meaning Mercer’s board now comprises four women and three men. “Evidence is mounting that companies with a strong female representation at board and top management level perform better than those without,” said Dunsire.Margae Diamond has joined Trillium Asset Management. She will be based in the US sustainable fund firm’s office in Larkspur, California and will work with financial advisors, institutional consultants, and family offices on the West Coast. She was most recently Vice President of Development at Schwab Charitable.

Tamara Hardegger and Alessa Holling have joined ESG research house Sustainalytics in Frankfurt as responsible investment associate and responsible investment adviser, part of the Institutional Relations team, respectively. Hardegger is a former Product Manager ESG at Thomson Reuters and ESG specialist at Asset4 in London. Before joining Sustainalytics, Holling set up a fundraising strategy for the private partnerships division of the World Food Programme in Rome.

Joe Dear, Chief Investment Officer of CalPERS, is taking leave from the $282bn pension fund to resume treatment for cancer. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and began treatment. Ted Eliopoulos, senior investment officer for real assets, will serve as acting CIO.

An Operations Manager for a planned new Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in the UK is being sought. The institute, being launched by the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) network, will be a professional body acting on behalf of employers, supporting them to identify and acknowledge the core competencies of CR and sustainability professionals at different stages of their careers. Link

The CDP, the investor-backed environmental data body, has advertised several vacancies. They include: Communications Executive – CDP London; Intern, Disclosure Services Internship; CDP North America Membership Manager; CDP Southern Europe region; and Project Manager, Data Innovation – CDP DACH (German-speaking) Region.

Vigeo, the ESG research house, is seeking an intern for its communication department in Paris for a period of six months. Link