RI People & Appointments, Jan. 7: PRI, RobecoSAM, Grant & Eisenhofer, FCLTGlobal, Global Impact Investing Network

The latest ESG movers and shakers

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has appointed five new signatory representatives to its Private Equity Advisory Committee. They are: Scott Zdrazil, Senior Investment Officer at the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA); Jennifer Signori, Senior VP – ESG and Impact Investing at Neuberger Berman; Ignacio Sarria, Managing Director at New Mountain Capital; Stéphane Villemain, Director – Responsible Investment at Canada’s PSP; and Silva Dezelan, Sustainability Director at Robeco.

FCLTGlobal – otherwise known as Focusing Capital on the Long-Term – has chosen its new directors. The not-for-profit has named the following six new members of its Board: Vijay Advani, CEO of Nuveen Investments; Leni Boeren, CEO of Kempen Capital Management; Peter Harrison, Group Chief Executive of Schroders; Geraldine Matchett, CFO at DSM; Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Co; Howard Ungerleider, President and CFO of Dow and CFO of DowDuPont.

Guillaume Goton has joined RobecoSAM as Client Specialist ESG Ratings. He was previously at ISS | Institutional Shareholder Services as an ESG Product Specialist and has had stints at South Pole Group and Indosuez Wealth Management.

Christine Tørklep, the former head of sustainable investment at Storebrand Kapitalforvaltning, is now business development manager at Norwegian industrial group Denofa AS. Tørklep is a deputy board member of state fund Folketrygdfondet among other senior roles.

Charles Counsell has been appointed CEO of the Pensions Regulator (TPR), the UK watchdog that is increasingly looking at ESG issues. He joins from advisory body the Money Advice Service and takes over from Lesley Titcomb.

Kelly Semrau, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Communications & Sustainability at household products giant SC Johnson, has been named chair of the World Environment Center, the corporate sustainability body. She takes over from Francisco Suarez Hernandez, the head of New Business Initiatives at Mexico’s Coca-Cola FEMSA.

Tom Rotherham-Winqvist, formerly with the BT Pension Scheme and Hermes, has joined Wafra, the $23bn alternative asset manager established in 1985 by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS), to lead its London office.

Maastricht University’s Executive Board has appointed two new Chairs, Mieke Olaerts of the Faculty of Law and Rob Bauer of the School of Business and Economics. Both positions are funded by the business community, and function to help companies and European governments strengthen their approach to long-termism.Law firm Grant & Eisenhofer has hired Jonathan Oestreich as a Director in a bid to step up its work around shareholder engagement and activism. Oestreich was most recently Managing Director at Spotlight Advisors, where he focused on shareholder activism and proxy contests, before which he was a senior M&A banker at Brown Brothers. Link

Sean Gilbert has now taken up his role as Director of Membership at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). He joined from the World Resources Institute (WRI), where he was Head of Partnerships and Outreach for the NDC Partnership.

Simon Weaver has been appointed Head of Australasia at Willis Towers Watson, the Nasdaq-listed advisory firm with a leading institutional investment practice. His role as Head of Corporate Risk and Broking (CRB) has been merged into the head of Australasia position. Andrew Boal has decided to leave the firm after 27 years amid what the firm is calling a “streamlining” of its Australasian operations.

The Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) is creating a new Investment Practices Programme Director role. The European network, which lobbies on behalf of investors seeking to address climate risk, is looking for a London-based expert to develop its Investor Practices Programme strategy – to help investors assess climate risk and opportunity in their investment decisions, processes and disclosure – alongside the CEO and others.

The UK’s Green Finance Institute is recruiting a CEO ahead of its launch in the summer. The group, launched last year by the government in partnership with the City of London Corporation, plans to “set the international green and sustainable finance agenda”, and will look at areas including data, green fintech, global partnerships, sustainable finance policy and PR. The deadline for applications is February 3.

Roles for up to three investment managers have been advertised at Big Society Capital, the UK social investor. “We are a year into our strategy to deliver interventions in our focus areas – Homes, Places and Early Action. Across these areas, we’re seeing an increasing number of opportunities to pursue with an exciting range of partners and are looking for individuals to help us deliver these investment opportunities,” it said.

The UN Global Compact is seeking a Senior Manager, Global Operations to be based in New York and lead the integration of the 70 Global Compact Networks into strategies and operations.

NN Investment Partners is hiring a Specialist Responsible Investing to act as an RI advisor and expert for its Integrated Client Solutions team, based in The Hague.