RI People & Appointments, July 20: MN, Sedex, Legal & General, WHEB, LPFA

The latest ESG movers and shakers

MN, one of the largest fiduciary and asset managers in the Netherlands, is hiring a new Senior Corporate Governance Specialist following the departure of Anatoli van der Krans from the position. The job is positioned within MN’s Responsible Investment & Governance department (RI&G) with primary responsibility for advise clients on policy issues and working on exclusion policy, ESG integration across asset classes, active ownership and impact investment. Link to job specification

Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman has been named as the new CEO at Sedex, the non-profit membership organisation lobbying to improve global supply chains. Ivelaw-Chapman will start the role on September 2015. He has been a Sedex Non-Executive Board Director since 2013.

Gene Gilbertson has been appointed president and CEO of Legal & General America (LGA), the US arm of the UK-based insurance and investment management giant, having been serving in this capacity on an interim basis since March 4 March 2015. He was formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LGA.

Suzanne Buchta, Global Co-Head of Green Bonds and Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has relocated from the bank’s headquarters in New York to London. Buchta will help develop the bank’s green bond underwriting and consulting business in Europe. According BoAML, Buchta and her team have been in charge of the bank’s green bond business since 2010. She co-authored a white paper in September 2013 which later formed the basis for the ‘Green Bond Principles,’ a market standard for transparency and disclosure for this type of debt.

Sir Merrick Cockell, Deputy Chair at the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA), has been named chair of the new Crossrail 2 Growth Commission, a body to promote cross-London transport links. Cockell, who also chairs the UK Municipal Bonds Agency, is a leading advocate of pension funds’ involvement in infrastructure.

Vito Gamberale has been appointed chairman of Quercus Assets Selection, the renewable energy investment specialist. Quercus is led by CEO Diego Biasi and specializes in utility-scale renewable energy investment (solar PV, wind and combined heat and power projects) in Italy, the UK and across Europe.Ben Goldsmith, co-founder of WHEB, the sustainable fund manager, is to float a new London-listed trust, Menhaden Capital, that aims to raise £150m (€215m) to back companies and assets focused on improving energy efficiency. Menhaden will be chaired by Sir Ian Cheshire, former chief executive of retail group Kingfisher and specialise in investments from LED lighting to electricity smart meters and water desalination. Goldsmith will remain on the board of WHEB and continue to advise it.

UK workplace pensions provider NOW: Pensions, a subsidiary of Denmark’s ATP, has appointed Adrian Boulding as Director of Policy. He will take up his newly created role in September on a one day a week basis in order to balance his other responsibilities with the trade association, Tax Incentivised Savings Association and tech firm Dunstan Thomas. Boulding is currently Pensions Strategy Director at Legal and General, where he has enjoyed a 35-year career, and was one of three independent reviewers tasked with examining and improving auto enrolment for the Department for Work and Pensions in 2010.

A number of well-known industry figures are set to be honoured for their efforts in promoting corporate governance at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ annual gala on November 11. They include: Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance at CalSTRS; Anne Simpson, director of corporate governance at CalPERS; Michelle Edkins, managing director and global head of corporate governance and responsible investment at Blackrock; Bess Joffe, managing director and head of corporate governance at TIAACREFF; and Rakhi Kumar, managing director and head of corporate governance at State Street Global Advisors.

Aberdeen Asset Management has appointed Gregg McClymont, the former Shadow Pensions Minister to a new role of Head of Retirement Savings at the fund manager. McClymont’s role will encompasses defined contribution (DC) pensions strategy, research and implementation. McClymont was Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East between 2010-2015.