RI People & Appointments, January 11: ICSA, Trucost, Netspar, Hermes, Glass Lewis

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Chris Hodge, the former Director of Corporate Governance at the Financial Reporting Council watchdog in the UK, has joined ICSA, the professional body for governance as a consultant within its Policy team. Hodge was responsible for developing and promoting the UK Corporate Governance Code and set up and chaired European Corporate Governance Codes Network. ICSA is the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Trucost, the environmental data firm, has three new staff. David Smith – Research Analyst, joins from Standard Life Investments where he supported research and operations for the Responsible Investment team. Narottama Bowden – Research Analyst, joined Trucost’s Financial Institutions team in November 2015 having completed an MSc. in Environmental Economics & Climate Change at the London School of Economics, where he was involved in the DIVEST campaign. Noémie De la gorce has joined as an Research Analsyt, working primarily with French clients. Prior to this she was working in the field of ESG analysis and climate finance. She has been an SRI Equity Analyst at BNP Paribas Investment Partners.

Responsible Investor is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Hodgson as Governance Analyst. A regular contributor to RI, Hodgson was GMI Ratings’ Chief Research Analyst. He joined The Corporate Library, a predecessor firm to GMI Ratings, in 2001. He began his career in the UK with Incomes Data Services. He has written several books including ‘Building Value through Compensation’.

Stefan den Doelder, founder of clean-tech investment advisory boutique, 3P Capital Advisors, has been named as Venture Partner at private markets investment firm, Stafford Capital Partners ($4.5bn under management). Based in Zurich, Doelder will be responsible for business development and fund raising, as well as for sourcing and due diligence of sustainable investments.

Jeffrey Siminoff, who previously led global diversity and inclusion efforts at Morgan Stanley before becoming Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion at Apple, has joined U.S online social networking service, Twitter in the same role. Siminoff, one of the founding leaders of Out Leadership, a global LGBT leadership organization, replaces Janet Van Huysse at Twitter and has been charged with addressing the lack of diversity at the firm.

Daniel Smith has been promoted to General Manager at the Australian subsidiary of Glass Lewis, CGI Glass Lewis. The promotion comes following Aaron Bertinetti’s recent move from that role to Vice President of Research & Engagement at the global governance provider’s parent company. Smith, who joined CGI Glass Lewis as Director of Research in mid-2014, will continue to report to Bertinetti and will be responsible for overseeing all of CGI Glass Lewis’ operations and business strategy. Jana Jevcakova will take over the role of Director of Research.

Nanno Kleiterp, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board at Dutch development bank FMO is stepping down as CEO after 29 years with the organisation.Douglas Chia has been appointed Executive Director of the Conference Board Governance Center, taking over from Donna Dabney, who is retiring from the US governance research body. Chia is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, President of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York, and member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the American Bar Association. He is currently Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Johnson & Johnson. Announcement

Jean Frijns, former Supervisory Chairman at Dutch insurer Delta Lloyd and ex-chief investment officer at the Dutch civil service scheme ABP, has left his role as chair at the Dutch think tank the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar). He will be succeeded by Job Swank, Director of Monetary Affairs and Financial Stability at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).

David Stewart, former Chief Executive at Odey Asset Management, has been appointed chairman at Hermes Investment Management – replacing Paul Spencer from April 2016. Stewart is currently a non-executive director of Hermes having joined the board in April 2015; he’s also chairman of International Market Management Associates, a non-executive director of the Caledonia Investment Trust, and sits on the Investment Committee of the MacMillan Cancer Care charity.

Egon Kristensen, who has served as a non-executive director on the board at the Danish pension fund for teachers and academics, MP Pension (MP), for three years, has been elected as its new Chairman. Kristensen replaces Tina Moses, who was not up for re-election, at the pension fund consolidated along with the Architects’ Pension Fund (AP) and the Pension Fund for Agricultural Academics and Veterinary Surgeons (PJD) under the umbrella administrative body Unipension.

Deb Nelson, former Executive Director of social entrepreneurship network, Social Venture Network (SVN), will join RSF Social Finance as Vice President of Client and Community Engagement. Nelson will be responsible for RSF’s client engagement, relationship development, convening, and field building activities. Located in San Francisco, RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money.

Yvan Legris, Global CEO of Consulting at professional services giant Aon Hewitt, has announced his decision to leave the firm at the end of June. Cary Grace, leader of Aon Hewitt’s Retirement and Investment Group, and Michael Burke, leader of the firm’s Talent, Rewards and Performance Group will assume Legris’ responsibilities – both report to Aon Hewitt CEO Kristi Savacool.

An Investment Associate, Mission-Related Investing is being sought by Cambridge Associates, the consulting firm founded 40 years ago to assist nonprofit institutions with the investment of their endowment assets. CA has a staff of more than 1,100 professionals, including 200 Investment Directors and 150 Investment Associates.