RI People & Appointments, January 23: ex-UN PRI operating chief takes up mission investing post

Ri’s regular round-up of people news

Jerome Tagger, the New York-based former Chief Operating Officer for the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has taken up the position of Interim COO at Confluence Philanthropy, a non-profit network of over 175 private, public, and community foundations focused on mission-based investing. Tagger will split the role with his current advisory position at Solaron, the ESG research company, where he is a Senior Advisor working on market intelligence and global business development.

Sustainalytics, the ESG research firm, has acquired its external IT partner, Share Dimension, in a deal where Claudiu Tanasescu, founder and CEO of Share Dimension, and the company’s seven-person software development team will join the firm. Tanasescu, who previously worked at multinationals including Philips and Canon has also become the managing director of Sustainalytics’ Romanian office and part of the firm’s executive team.

Rosalind Copisarow has stepped down unexpectedly as Managing Director of microfinance organisation Oikocredit after six months in the role. Deputy MD Ben Simmes has taken over in the interim, the group said. Copisarow took the helm at Oikocredit at the end of June 2011.
Meanwhile, Oikocredit USA has named two senior figures to its board, according to a report in Microfinance Focus. They are Cheryl Smith, Managing Partner and Investment Manager of Trillium Asset Management, and Corinne Florek, Fund Director of both the Religious Communities Investment Fund and the Mercy Partnership Fund.

Barbara Krumsiek and Joseph Keefe, the chief executives of Calvert Investments and Pax World Investments respectively, have been named among the top 100 most influential people in business ethics, according to New York-based think tank Ethisphere Institute. They are listed as joint 82nd. Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare was named in top spot.

There has been a change in the investment team at Newton, the funds firm that is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Jeff Munroe will become head of global equities. Simon Pryke, currently head of private clients and charities, becomes CIO. The firm, part of the Bank of New York Mellon, has £43.4bn (€52bn) in total assets under management. Link

Andrea Rossi, the chief executive of AXA Italy, has resigned as a non-executive director of Aqua Resources Fund Ltd., the London-listed water fund managed by FourWinds Capital Management. Aqua Resources said a replacement would be named “in due course”.Riyaz Lalani, chief operating officer at Canadian proxy firm Kingsdale Shareholder Services, has joined the board of early stage gold mining firm Royal Standard Minerals. Royal Standard parted company with its President and CEO Roland Larsen recently. Link

Scott Evans, president of asset management at US retirement savings giant TIAACREF is to leave, according to a report in Pensions & Investments citing a company spokesperson. No replacement has been appointed for Evans, who has been with TIAACREF for 27 years.

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz has been elected chairman of Schwab Charitable, the $2.4bn (€1.85bn) US donor-advised fund. Acting President Kim Laughton has been confirmed as president. Schwab-Pomerantz is also president of the Charles Schwab Foundation. Announcement

Geik Drever has been named as the new director of pensions at the £8bn (€9.6bn) UN Principles for Responsible Investment signatory the West Midlands Pension Fund. Drever, currently the head of the Lothian Pension Fund, will take over from Brian Bailey. Link

Ted Staryk has been elected board chair of the $1.9bn McKnight Foundation, the Minneapolis-based philanthropic organisation. He takes over from predecessor Robert Struyk, who has completed his three-year term. Link
John Bartlett has been appointed as a Director of BP Pension Trustees Ltd., which oversees the UN PRI signatory BP Pension Fund. Bartlett, the oil major’s Group Head of Tax, replaces Steve Westwell.

Ernst-Jan Boers has been confirmed as chairman of the board of SNS Bank. He had been appointed to replace Henk Kroeze, who is stepping down, on an interim basis. Boers has been Chief Financial Officer of SNS Bank since 2009.

BSR, the corporate social responsibility group, has boosted its board with the appointment of four senior figures. They include: Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank; Takashi Hatchoji, Chairman, Hitachi America; Anne-Marie Skov, CSR Senior Vice President, Carlsberg; and Robert Webb, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt.

BSR also has a number of director level appointments available. They are Director, Research (New York/Paris), Director, Global Partnership Development, Director, Community Development (Philippines), Director, China Partnership Development (Beijing), Director, Advisory Services (Financial Services) (NY and Hong Kong)
EABIS, the Brussels-based Academy of Business in Society, is seeking a Communications Coordinator. It is a full time role for an initial 12-month period. Link

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