RI People & Appointments, June 10: PFZW, BlackRock, MSCI, LuxFLAG, Freshfields, Impax Environmental Markets

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Joanne Kellerman has been appointed Chair of Dutch healthcare pension scheme PFZW, replacing Carla Moonen who left the board at the end of 2018. A lawyer by training, Kellerman was previously a member of the board of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) and a director of the European Banking Resolution Authority (SRB) in Brussels.

Daniel Sailer, formerly an Executive Director of ESG Research at MSCI, will be leaving the data provider at the end of the month to join Metzler Asset Management in an ESG-related role. Sailer has spent close to a decade at MSCI and was previously a Vice President of ESG Client Coverage for the DACH (Germany, Austria, Swiss) & CEE (Central, Eastern European) markets.

Sachin Vankalas has been appointed General Manager of the Luxembourg Finance Labelling Agency (LuxFLAG), a state-supported non-profit body which runs the Grand Duchy’s sustainable fund label. He takes over at the group – whose Honorary President is the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa – from Mario Mantrisi, who headed it for 17 months after taking over from Annemarie Arens. Vankalas has been leading LuxFlag’s operations and sustainability processes since 2011.

Timothy Wilkins has been announced as the Global Partner for Client Sustainability at corporate law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. It was Freshfields’ landmark 2005 report commissioned by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative on the legal framework for ESG that helped lay the groundwork for today’s sustainable investment landscape.

Glenn Prickett has been named interim CEO of the World Environment Center on a part-time basis following the departure of Lori Michelin after just over a year at the Washington-based corporate sustainability group. Prickett was formerly Chief External Officer at The Nature Conservancy, founded and led the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International and served as an environmental advisor for USAID under the Clinton administration.

Stephanie Eastment has been appointed
non-executive director of Impax Environmental Markets, the UK trust investing in environmentally friendly small to mid-cap companies. Eastment retired as Head of Specialist Funds Company Secretariat and Accounts at Invesco Asset Management in 2018.

Neil Randall, Managing Director for Private Equity at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, has been appointed Chair of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), a trade organisation for institutional private equity investors. He replaces Tanya Carmichael of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), an advocate of ESG in private equity. Among those joining the board are Sonal Doshi of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Joe Topley of OTPP.Carole Crozat, most recently head of sustainability research at Exane, the French brokerage owned by BNP Paribas, has joined BlackRock — according to a Reuters report citing an internal staff memo. She will join the sustainable investment team where she will lead on thematic research and report to unit head Andre Bertolotti. Her updated LinkedIn profile has her as Head of Thematic Research, Blackrock Sustainable Investing. Crozat has had stints at Société Générale CIB, Allianz Global Investors and Vigeo Eiris.

Helene Winch, former policy head at the PRI, is to join UK-based Premier Asset Management later this year as Head of Responsible Investing. She was previously Senior Responsible Investment Adviser at HSBC Global Asset Management.

Brandee McHale will join Wells Fargo as Head of Corporate Philanthropy in August as the bank develops a new philanthropy strategy to be funded by 2% of after tax profits. McHale joins from Citigroup where she was Head of Corporate Citizenship and President of the Citi Foundation.

Jylanne Dunne has been named Vice President of Diversity Project North America, a campaign group promoting diversity within the investment sector. The Project was established towards the end of 2018 by NICSA, formerly the National Investment Company Service Association, a financial services trade body. Dunne was most recently with Fidelity Investments, resigning her position as a Senior Vice President of Practice Management in 2017.

Martin Clarke, former Chair of UK sustainable investment network UKSIF, has been reappointed as the UK government’s principal actuarial adviser for an additional five-year term. Clarke was first appointed to the role in 2014, and leads the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) and is its Accounting Officer. He was previously an Executive Director at UK pensions lifeboat, the Pensions Protection Fund.

Annemarie Van Doorn, Director of the Dutch Green Building Council and a former ABN AMRO executive, has been named an Ambassador for environmental shareholder activist group Follow This. The group has a growing public profile for putting pressure on oil companies to improve disclosure and adopt emissions targets.

Anna Fasano has been elected board chair at Banca Etica, the Italian ethical bank.

Jeroen Kremers, the former Dutch Ministry of Finance official who is chair of Robeco’s supervisory board, has been nominated to the equivalent body at NIBC, the Dutch merchant bank where former APG chair Dick Sluimers is chair.