RI People & Appointments, January 8: US SIF, IIGCC, NBIM, UBS, Danske Bank, Nordea

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Kim Coble has been named Chief Operating Officer of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, the Washington DC-based body. She previously spent 25 years with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, where she was most recently Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration.
Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), manager of Norway’s $1trn sovereign wealth fund, has named Carine Smith Ihenacho as Chief Corporate Governance Officer and Hege Gjerde as Chief Financial Officer. Ihenacho previously headed NBIM’s ownership department and Gjerde was formerly head of corporate management.
Annie Bersagel, Acting Head of Responsible Investments at KLP, has resigned from the Norwegian mutual insurer and asset manager, RI has learned. She took up the interim role following the departure of Jeanett Bergan to PwC Norway in March. In September, RI reported that Anne Kvam, the former Global Head of the Ownership Policy at NBIM had been named as KLP’s new Head of Responsible Investment.
The Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the main European investor body focused on climate change, is interviewing for a Programme Manager to join its London based team. The newly-created role will be directly under the management of CEO Stephanie Pfeifer. According to the ad, the position will be focused on climate policy and practices “with a focus on climate scenario analysis disclosure in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and investment in green solutions”. Link
Mike Clark, Founder and Director of Ario Advisory, has been appointed as a Specialist Adviser by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee for its Green Finance inquiry.
Dr Günther Bräunig has now taken over as the new CEO of German development bank KfW Group. He has been a member of KfW’s Executive Board since 2006 and Deputy CEO of KfW since September 2017.
Henrietta Fore has become the new Executive Director of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Formerly with the US State Department, she was most recently Chair and CEO of Holsman International, a manufacturing and investment company. She has stood down from her board appointments at Exxon Mobil and other listed companies.
Ulrika Hasselgren, Managing Director and Global Head of Responsible Investment at US proxy firm ISS, has been named Head of Responsible Investment at Danske Bank. Hasslegren, the former CEO and co-founder of Stockholm-based Ethix SRI Advisors, which was acquired by ISS in 2015, will take up her new role from February 2018. She replaces Thomas H. Kjærgaard, the former chair of Dansif, the Danish Social Investment Forum, who left the Danish bank in September 2017. Kjærgaard has this month been named Head of Investment Governance and Affairs at Nordea, taking up his new role in January 2018.Anne Richardson has joined Calvert Research and Management, the $12.9bn US responsible investment firm that’s now part of Eaton Vance, as Chief Operating Officer. The position is a newly-created role based out of Washington DC. She reports to CEO John Streur and joins from investment consultant Cambridge Associates, where she was Chief Operating Officer of Global Investment Research. She will oversee Calvert’s day-to-day business operations, infrastructure and supporting activities.
Rathbone Investment Management, the UK-based investment firm with £37.5bn of assets under management, is looking for a Proxy Voting Manager. The successful candidate will have experience in corporate governance and proxy voting.
Law professor Robert Jackson has been appointed as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following a unanimous vote by the US Senate. Jackson, who was nominated by President Trump to fill the open Democratic seat, was formerly an advisor to the US Treasury Department under the Obama administration and helped produce proposals and rule-making on executive pay and corporate governance, including rules governing say on pay and compensation in financial institutions. Most recently he served at Columbia Law School.
A new Executive Director is being sought for the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
UBS is seeking a Senior Strategist – Impact Direct in its latest of a series of ESG recruitments over the past year. The job ad asks: “Are you passionate about sustainable and impact investing? Would you like to help catalyze billions of USD toward a more sustainable future? Do you have a deep knowledge of direct investments – in particular companies that deliver environmental and social impact in addition to commercial financial returns?”
The firm is also seeking a Senior Investment Analyst, ESG & Sustainability, for its investment bank in the UK. Link
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is recruiting a Manager for the Collaboration Platform, the engagement platform formerly known as the Clearinghouse. One job aim is to deliver a new “fit for purpose” platform that promotes signatory interaction. The PRI said: “This role will support a multi-team project to develop, deliver and promote an online platform to i) support collaborative investor engagement activity and ii) information exchange by PRI staff and signatories. This platform will replace and broaden the scope of the existing PRI Collaboration Platform, which houses collaborative investor activities on ESG issues with investee companies.”
Andrew Hopkins, Account Executive at FactSet, the US financial data firm, has joined MSCI ESG Research LLC as an ESG Sales Specialist based in London.