RI People & Appointments, June 18: APG seeking Senior Corporate Governance Specialist

The latest ESG movers and shakers

APG, the €301bn Dutch asset management giant, is looking for a Senior Corporate Governance Specialist, to be based in Amsterdam. The candidate will join an eight-member team headed by Head of Sustainability and Governance Claudia Kruse which reports into the firm’s CIO Capital Markets. “This post provides an exciting opportunity to work at the interface of governance and finance in one of the world’s leading investment institutions,” APG says. Link

Naoko Ishii has been named as the new Chair and CEO of the Global Environment Facility, the Washington-based entity which has allocated $9.2bn to environmental projects since it was launched in 1991. Ishii is currently Japan’s Deputy Vice Minister of Finance and the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan for Global Environmental Affairs. She takes over from France’s Monique Barbut of France, who has finished her second term. Announcement

Andrew Mason has been appointed as SRI Analyst at Standard Life Investments, the fund firm with £154.9bn (€192.5bn) under management. He joins from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he managed ESG risk and external engagement on ESG issues.

Thomas Scheiwiller has joined AccountAbility, the sustainability think tank, as Director and Global Head of Clients and Industries. He is a former Global Managing Partner of Sustainability Advisory Services worldwide at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Link

Lata Reddy has rejoined Prudential Financial, the New York-listed finance giant with $943bn of assets under management, as vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility and as president of The Prudential Foundation. She had left in 2009 to start her own philanthropic and non-profit consulting practice. Announcement

Alex Hutchison has been named as chief executive of the Energy Industries Superannuation Scheme (EISS), the A$3.34bn (€2.7bn) Australian superannuation fund that is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. Hutchison was most recently CEO of wealth management at Clearview Wealth, reported Super Review.Peter Holmgren has been appointed as the new director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the environmental non-governmental organisation. He will join CIFOR in September from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), where he is Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division. He takes over from Frances Seymour, who has led CIFOR since 2006. Announcement

Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber has been named United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in the disputed Western Sahara region which has been a focus of investor scrutiny. Weisbrod-Weber, a 28-year UN veteran, takes over from Egypt’s Hany Abdel-Aziz.

Yvette Lokker has been named as President and CEO of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) as of January 1 2013. Lokker, who joined CIRI in 2008 and is currently its Vice President, will succeed Tom Enright who is leaving. Link

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