RI People & Appointments, July 27: Vigeo, ISS, Jupiter Green Investment Trust, Trucost

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Lindsay Smart, Head of UK and US Markets at Vigeo, the ESG research firm headquartered in Paris, has joined ClearlySo, the London-based capital raising advisor company for high-impact businesses, charities and funds. Smart started the new post this month. Notably, she will be working on attracting more private equity investors into impact venture strategies and working with companies on their fund raising strategies with institutional and individual investors. Smart had been with Vigeo for four years. Prior to that she was Head of Executive Communications & Sustainability Initiatives Manager at Citi, and before that Marketing Manager, Institutional Business Development Team at RCM, the fund manager. Vigeo is looking for a replacement for Smart for the UK and US role.

Georgina Marshall has been named as the new Head of Global Research at proxy firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) – taking over from Martha Carter, who will move into a new role “leading global education initiatives” at ISS. Marshall was formerly Deputy Director of Global Research and Head of ISS Research for the European, Middle East and Africa region. A former regional head of corporate governance at Aviva Investors, she will report to ISS’s CEO Gary Retelny.

Perry Crosthwaite is retiring as chairman of Jupiter Green Investment Trust, the £37.2m (€52.1m) London-listed environmental trust run by Jupiter Asset Management. Crosthwaite, a founding director of Henderson Crosthwaite who went on to become a director at Investec, will be succeeded by clean tech investment executive Michael Naylor as of September 2, it said in a filing.

Julie Raynaud, Senior Research Analyst at environmental data firm Trucost, is joining Kepler Cheuvreux as a Senior Analyst, Sustainability Research.

Mark Meyrick has reportedly left his role as head of carbon trading at Dutch energy firm Eneco to become director of wholesale and trading with AIM-listed renewable energy outfit Good Energy plc. Carbon Pulse added Jan-Willem Beukers would take the running of the firm’s Rotterdam-based emissions desk.

Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), has been named to the four-member board of the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Fayolle’s appointment coincided with an announcement from EFSI last Wednesday (July 22) that its board had approved investments in renewable energy and climate related projects in Austria, France, Germany and the UK, as well as Armenia, Kazakhstan and Africa. Prior to joining the EIB in March of 2015, Fayolle was Chief Executive of Agence France Trésor, France’s debt management office. Announcement

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Bola Adesola, CEO at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Ltd., as a member of the board (one of only two African members) of the United Nations Global Compact.Howard Pearce has been named independent chairman of the Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund’s new pensions board. Pearce, who until early 2013 was head of pension fund management at the Environment Agency Pension Fund, is currently director of HowESG. In addition to his role at Berkshire, he has also recently been named independent chairman of the Avon Pension Fund and the Wiltshire Pension Fund’s pensions board.

Helena Morrissey, CEO at Newton Investment Management and Chair of The Investment Association, has been named as one of the new external members of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board (FSTIB). Founded in 2013 by the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, the FSTIB seeks to identify opportunities in the U.K Financial Services industry through collaboration between government and industry professionals.

The UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, the $60bn US trust which is a leading governance player, has advertised for a Chief Investment Officer. “The CIO will be an independent thinker who is intellectually curious and passionate about investing, including incorporating insights relating to ESG factors to a broad range of investment strategies,” the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based organisation says.

Regnan, the Australian ESG research and engagement firm, is seeking an ESG Analyst to be based in its Melbourne office, reporting to the Head of Client Services and the Head of Research. “The company has just completed a governance review, achieving a simplified governance structure, enabling a refinement of future strategy,” Regnan says. Applications by August 7.

BNY Mellon, the custody and asset management giant, is recruiting a CSR Senior Analyst to conduct and synthesize research on corporate social responsibility – connecting the firm’s business agenda with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, including evaluating possible social finance investments.

The Boston Company Asset Management (TBCAM), a subsidiary of BNY Mellon with approximately $50 billion in assets under management, is looking for an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Officer to join its Global Research and Global Insight teams to ‘elevate’ the level of understanding of ESG principles within the organisation and identify potential ESG enhancements to investment processes.

A Senior ESG Research Analyst is being sought by Northern Trust in London. The role reports to the Global Head of ESG, and the candidate is expected to have a strong interest in general ESG trends and specific knowledge about the dominant ESG issues across industries and asset classes.

UK-based social investment intermediary ClearlySo has advertised for a Senior Investment Advisor.

Ownership Capital, the Netherlands-based active ownership specialist, is seeking an Equity Portfolio Associate, to be responsible for “the building and day-to-day monitoring of a focused public equity fund”.