RI People & Appointments, June 3rd: Elizabeth Corley leads hunt for CEO of new impact investing body

The latest ESG movers and shakers

The Impact Investing Institute, a new UK-focused organisation aimed at encouraging more retail impact investment and building the impact investment market, is recruiting a CEO. The Impact Investing Institute brings together the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing and the Implementation Taskforce on Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK. Their respective chairs Sir Harvey McGrath and Elizabeth Corley are leading the search for a CEO.
Deborah Gilshan has stepped down as ESG Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments to focus on the UK-based professional network for women which she founded in 2011, The 100% Club. Gilshan previously held corporate governance and ESG-centric roles at Standard Life and railway sector pension provider RPMI Railpen, spending close to a decade at the latter.
Hanneke Smits, CEO of UK-based responsible investment house Newton Investment Management, has been appointed to the Bank of England’s Court of Directors as one of three new non-executive directors. Smits became CEO of Newton IM in 2016, replacing well known City figure and gender diversity advocate Helena Morrissey.
Pierre Ducret has taken over as Acting President of Finance for Tomorrow, the lobby group for Paris as a sustainable financial centre, following the departure of Philippe Zaouati in January. Ducret, who is Controller General and Climate Advisor of the Caisse de Dépôts Group and President of the I4CE-Institute for Climate Economics, will serve until a new president is elected on Climate Finance Day on November 29.
Bas NieuweWem had been named the new CEO of Dutch investor Aegon Asset Management, joining from PGIM (formerly Prudential Investment Management) where he was Managing Director and Global Head of the Institutional Relationship Group. He replaces Sarah Russell who stepped down earlier this week after nine years in the role, saying it was “the right time for new leadership”.
Henrik Cotran has left standards-setting body SASB, where he was an analyst for the industrial and renewable energy sectors, to join the MBA programme at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Separately, SASB recently added two analysts to its Research Team and are actively recruiting for number of roles including Analysts, Director of Communications, Director of Corporate Outreach and Chief of Staff.Erin Dwyer has been appointed Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs within the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) where she will be the point person for investors, audit committees and preparers. The newly-created role is dedicated to enhancing outreach to these key stakeholders as outlined in PCAOB’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.
Sarah Barber has left her role as Senior Manager of Government Relations at Barclays for an unspecified sustainability-oriented position at Lloyds Banking Group.
Melanie Paty has left her role at the PRI’s New York office where she was a Policy Officer, to join Morgan Stanley as an Associate for Global Sustainable Finance.
Ankita Trivedi has left her position as Senior Associate of ESG Research at MSCI’s Mumbai office and is currently exploring other career opportunities within the responsible investment sector. She was previously an SRI Research Associate at Swiss data provider Evalueserve and an Analyst at risk consultancy Maplecroft.
Farah Karimi has stepped down as a Supervisory Board member of Dutch development bank FMO to avoid any potential conflicts of interest arising from her impending appointment to the Dutch Senate. A former Iranian refugee, Karimi also serves on the Executive Board of Oxfam International and is a former MP for the Dutch green party.
Just Share, a South African shareholder activist group, is seeking an Engagement Coordinator to support communications, research and analysis, and producing investor reports and shareholder resolutions. Candidates must have at least five years of professional experience.
June Kim, CalSTRS’s Global Equity Director, has been selected to join the 2019 cohort of Finance Leaders Fellows at non-profit think tank the Aspen Institute.
ING has poached an ESG Analyst from Aviva Investors to join its sustainable finance team. Natalia Rajewska spent nearly two years at Aviva, before which she was a Senior Research at consulting firm Corporate Citizenship. She is now a Sustainable Finance Analyst at ING, and has relocated from the UK to Singapore.
Nick Burniston has joined Schroders as an RI Integration Manager from environmental data provider South Pole, where he was Product Development Manager. Prior to that he was Senior Consultant at the UN Environment’s Finance Initiative and Head of Corporate Responsibility at Aviva Investors.