RI People & Appointments, January 21: Lifetime achievement award for Nell Minow

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Nell Minow, the leading US corporate governance figure and author, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Corporate Secretary magazine’s annual Corporate Governance Awards in New York earlier this month. Minow is a former president of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and currently board member at GMI Ratings. The award for Best Governance Professional of the Year (Large Cap) went to Peggy Foran at Prudential Financial. Foran is a former co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors. Link

Michael Walsh has been appointed CEO at Australian ethical investor UCA Funds Management, the investment arm of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. It manages more than A$800m (€631.7m) on behalf of Church bodies, other not-for-profit organisations and socially concerned individuals. He joins from funds firm Hunter Hall and takes over from acting Executive Director Sue Norman. Walsh is a former President of the Ethical Investment Association and is Convenor of the Australian Sustainability Awards.

Matthew Kotchen will be the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the US Treasury, according to reports. He is an associate professor of environmental economics and policy at Yale University and also serves as a faculty research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is on the Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ron Lind, president of Local 5 of the United Food and Commercial Workers in San Jose, California, has been appointed to the governing board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, according to the Sacramento Bee. CalPERS is the largest US public pension fund with a $253bn investment portfolio.

Jonathan Koh has joined Greencape Capital, the Australia-based fund manager which integrates ESG into its investment process, according to an item in the Sustainability Report. Kok was previously at BlackRock, where he was vice-president, equity analyst.A group of global business bodies has formed the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI), with John Colvin, CEO and managing director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, as its inaugural chairman. The new body will “develop and promote leading practices and programs that enhance the ability of corporate directors to ensure long-term, sustainable performance for the benefit of shareholders and other stakeholders”.

Sir Adrian Montague, who among many roles is deputy chairman and senior independent director of the UK Green Investment Bank, has been appointed as non-executive director of insurance and asset management company Aviva. Montague is chairman of 3i Group plc and Anglian Water Group and a non-executive director of Skanska AB. He was previously chairman of Friends Provident, British Energy Group and Michael Page International.

Sustinvest, the SRI research and consulting institution in South Korea, has advertised a vacancy for a research analyst. Sustinvest provides environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis and advisory services to approximately US$2.2bn worth of assets. Link

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF) has advertised the role of Chief Executive to replace Penny Shepherd, who announced her departure from the organisation in November last year. “We are seeking a highly motivated, well organised and experienced professional to continue to develop the organisation as its next Chief Executive. Your scope of activity will be broad and challenging. An early task for the new Chief Executive will be the creation and implementation of UKSIF’s next strategic plan,” the ad states.

CSR Europe, the European corporate social responsibility network, has launched a call for candidates to join its Board of Directors. Twelve seats are allocated to directors from corporate members and three to directors from national partner organisations. The Board serves for a tenure of two years. The deadline for applications is February 11.