RI People & Appointments, January 25: Vigeo Eiris, PGGM, RWC Partners, Investor Forum, Investec

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Muriel Caton, former Managing Director at UK retail bank RBS, has been appointed Director at recently amalgamated ESG research firm, Vigeo Eiris. Caton, who had been a consultant for Vigeo prior to its merger with UK-based Eiris in December, will continue to advise the firm’s President Nicole Notat and replaces Jacques Maire who had been in the role for just over a year.

Catherine Jackson has left her role as Senior Advisor, Responsible Investment at PGGM. She told RI she is “transitioning into the next chapter” of her life – though she is open to “doing the odd governance project over the short-term”. Jackson, who was formerly Manager, Corporate Governance at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) is known for her engagements with companies such as Oracle. She will be available via email.

London-based RWC Partners has reportedly appointed a new fund manager for its Japan funds. Citywire Selector said Shinsuke Takarada has joined the firm’s joint venture partner, Nissay Asset Management in Tokyo as a senior portfolio manager to focus on the engagement-based RWC Nissay Japan Focus fund and the Ireland-domiciled Japanese Stewardship fund. He was previously at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, focusing on ESG issues, the report added.

Susan Sternglass Noble has been named as a Senior Adviser to the UK’s Investor Forum. She has worked at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, CQS and AXA Framlington, originally in New York and for the last 25 years in London.

Anne Stausboll, CEO of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), has announced her retirement as at June 30 after seven years in the role. The giant fund said one of her achievements during her tenure was integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance factors within the investment portfolio. The CalPERS Board will conduct an immediate search for her replacement.

Separately, Rob Feckner and Henry Jones have been unanimously re-elected as President and Vice-President of the Board, respectively at CalPERS. Feckner, now serving his 12th term as President at the $276bn fund, joined its board in 1999. Jones, ex-CFO of the Los Angeles Unified School District, will be serving his second term.

Clifford Yee has been appointed Managing Director to lead the new CSR Consulting practice at Raffa, the B-Corp certified accounting, consulting and technology firm based in Washington. He was formerly Senior Director of Community Affairs and Market President Network at Capital One Financial Corporation. Link

The St Paul’s Institute, the think tank based in the famous London cathedral, has named its new Advisory Council. It is chaired by David Rouch, partner at law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Also on the panel are Christine Allen (Christian Aid), Professor Craig Calhoun (London School of Economics), Anne Kiem (Chartered Association of Business Schools), Andrew Marshall (Cognito), the Revd Canon Dr Angus Ritchie, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby (former Bishop of Worcester), and the Revd Fiona Stewart-Darling.Hendrik du Toit, CEO of Investec Asset Management, has joined the new Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development was established by Unilever CEO Paul Polman and former United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch-Brown. The body was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

David Deverall, who announced his resignation as CEO of Australian ethical funds firm Hunter Hall last week, has been appointed chief executive of New South Wales’ Treasury Corporation (TCorp). TCorp is NSW’s central borrowing authority.

Simon Gottelier, Peter Lingen and Christian Roessing have been unveiled as senior investment managers at Swiss asset manager Pictet – managing the firm’s Water Strategy, Robotics Strategy and Clean Energy Strategy respectively. They join from Impax Asset Management, Swedbank Robur and Vontobel respectively.

Youth charity Impetus – the Private Equity Foundation, which has backed a number of social impact bonds in the UK, has announced that its new chief executive is Andrew Radcliffe – former advisor to Gordon Brown while he was UK Prime Minister and former Deputy CEO of Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative. He replaces Daniela Barone Soares who left the post last year.

Anna Tilba, researcher and lecturer at the Newcastle University Business School, has been named as an ambassador of the UK-based Transparency Task Force, a campaigning organisation, founded by former Pensions BIB Chairman, Andy Agathangelou. Tilba previously was a member of the advisory committee on fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries for the Law Commission.

Lionel Messi has been named as an ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals. The soccer great is one of a range of new SDG Advocates named by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Link

Shuen Chan, Director of Development at Permian Global Fund, has left the conservation orientated investment advisory business after three years in the role. Prior to joining Permian Global she ran her own advisory firm in sustainable business and ethical ventures. Shuen was formerly with ECM.

Anne Kirkeby has been appointed Lead Corporate Reporting Consultant at U.K stakeholder communications specialists, Black Sun. Kirkeby was formerly Stewardship Manager at engagement specialist GO Investment Partners.

The Low Income Investment Fund, the US-based investment fund that seeks to create opportunities for low income communities and individuals, is seeking an Asset Management and Underwriting Team Leader.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Canada-based body, is recruiting a Deputy Head of Secretariat .

Transparency International UK, is looking for a Director of Policy, UK Advocacy & Research .

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is looking for an Associate Director, Policy & Ethics.