RI People & Appointments, Jan. 6: new chair at Network for Sustainable Financial Markets

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Helen Wildsmith, Head of Ethical & Responsible Investment at UK charity investment specialist CCLA, has been named as the new chair of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, the group which promotes long-term investing. Other new board members include Angelo Calvello, founder of consulting firm Environmental Alpha, Daniela Carosio, senior partner at Sustainable Equity Value, and Jim Hawley, Professor of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College. The four replace retiring board members Raj Thamotheram, Edward Waitzer, Cynthia Williams, and Nicholas Silver.

Peter Damgard Jensen, chief executive of Danish pension administrator PKA, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). He replaces Ulrik Dan Weuder from DKK602bn (€80.7bn) Danish pension giant ATP. The IIGCC has 85 members representing $7.5trn (€5.5bn) in assets.

Christopher Knowles, Head of the Climate Change & Environment Division at the European Investment Bank (EIB)’s Operations Directorate, has joined the Climate Bonds Advisory Panel. The panel advises the Climate Bonds Initiative, the body which promotes financing for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Susan Martin has been named as the new chief executive at the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA). Martin, who had been deputy to former CEO Mike Taylor at the £4.6bn (€5.4bn) fund, joined the LPFA in 2007.

David Brierwood, chief operating officer (COO) at index and ESG firm MSCI has announced his retirement as of February 2014. He played a key role in the acquisition and integration of RiskMetrics, MSCI said.

Toby Buscombe has been appointed as Global Head of Infrastructure Investments at investment consultants Mercer. He succeeds Karen Chester, who has been appointed a Commissioner of the Australian Productivity Commission. London-based Buscombe joined the firm in 2011 as infrastructure leader for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).Matt Christensen, the Global Head of Responsible Investment at AXA Investment Managers, has stepped down as a non-executive director of Ludgate Environmental Fund Ltd., the London-listed environmental investor. Christensen was Executive Director of Eurosif from 2002 to 2011. Ludgate named Denis Quilty, vice president at State Street Jersey, as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

Burkhard Varnholt has been named chief investment officer (CIO) at Swiss private bank Julius Baer, effective March 1. Varnholt, who replaces Hans Lauber who is leaving for personal reasons, joins from J. Safra Sarasin.

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has been named as a special envoy on climate change by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Former Ghana President John Kufuor was also named to the role, ahead of the UN’s Climate Summit in New York in September.

Sachin Bhatia and Nadiya Siddique have joined boutique investment firm Oxford Capital to boost its renewable energy infrastructure investment programme. They join from Barings Asset Management and Standard Chartered Private Bank Dubai respectively.

The Church of England is recruiting a team for its effort to develop credit unions to counter so-called payday lenders. It has a vacancy for a Credit Union Task Group Assistant in London, with a closing date of January 14.

SynTao, the China-based ESG consulting firm, is seeking a Research Director in its Research & Innovation Department. The Beijing-based role is responsible for leading, organizing and conducting researches about CSR and sustainability. Link

Morgan Stanley is seeking an Investment Officer for its Investing with Impact Platform. The investment bank said the individual would act as an Investment Officer for Portfolio Advisory Services (PAS) accounts specifically focused on impact/ESG/sustainable investing. Recruitment site