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RI People & Appointments, June 2: PRI names ex-Natixis exec as Director of Global Outreach

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Yann Gindre has joined the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) as Director of Networks and Global Outreach. He was until 2012 CEO of Natixis CIB Americas. Based in London, he will be responsible for developing the PRI’s global outreach, signatory relations and recruitment strategy, working with PRI staff based in the US, Australia, Tokyo, South Africa and Germany. He will report to Managing Director Fiona Reynolds. Yann Gindre’s website

Barbara Krumsiek is to step down as President and CEO of Calvert Investments, the US sustainable investments firm with more than $13bn under management. She will remain as chair. Calvert also said it was launching the Calvert Institute to promote the growth of sustainable and responsible investing, of which Krumsiek will be the Founding Chair. Krumsiek joined Calvert in 1997 as President and CEO. The search for her replacement is being led by Executive Vice President Bill Lester of Calvert’s parent firm Ameritas Holding Company.

Elias Masilela has resigned as chief executive of South Africa’s state owned asset manager, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). PIC runs the assets of the giant Government Employees’ Pension Fund, and the GEPF’s Acting Principal Executive Officer Joelene Moodley lauded his “firm and steady hand” at the PIC. He would be replaced on an interim basis by Chief Financial Officer Ms. Matshepo More.

Giorgio Lotto has been named Senior Institutional Sales Manager at RobecoSAM, with responsibility for the French-speaking part of Switzerland. He will deal with pension funds, insurers and family offices. The firm said his appointment reflects increasing demand for sustainable investment solutions. Lotto previously worked as a sales/business development director at UBS Global Asset Management, LGT Capital Partners and Julius Bär Investment Funds Services. Link (German)

Charles Donnelly is the new CEO at Australia’s A$4bn (€2.7bn) LUCRF, the Labour Union Co-operative Retirement Fund. He takes over from long-standing CEO Greg Sword who announced his retirement in late February 2014. Donnelly has been the General Secretary of the National Union of Workers (NUW) for the last 10 years and a director of LUCRF Super. Announcement*Scott Evans, the former president of TIAACREF* Asset Management, has been named chief investment officer of the $150bn New York City Pension Funds. Evans, who is also an external advisor to the Investment Committee of the Netherlands’ ABP fund, will take over from Seema Hingorani. Announcement

Danielle Carreira has joined environmental research firm Trucost as a senior research analyst in the financial institutions team. Prior to joining Trucost, she worked at the PRI as the Manager of Investor Engagements on Environmental Issues. In her new role she will continue to work with investors on key thematic issues, acting as account manager for clients and project managing key consultancy projects. Previously she worked at FTSE’s Responsible Investment unit.

James Young has been named as Chief Financial Officer of Broadridge Financial Solutions, the financial communications firm. He joins from payments firm Visa, where he was most recently Senior Vice President, Finance. He replaces Dan Sheldon, who left the Company in April 2014, and will take over from interim finance heads Michael Liberatore and David Lisa.

Dana Hollinger is joining the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Hollinger is the principal of the Dana Hollinger Group in California, a financial services firm that provides life insurance, estate planning and financial products with a focus on protecting the financial security of women. She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. Announcement
Elizabeth Stelluto and Jeff Sheridan have been appointed Chief Growth Officer and MD, Distribution, respectively, at ImpactAssets, the US nonprofit financial services firm. ImpactAssets helps direct investments towards delivering “financial, social and environmental returns”. Link

A Senior Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being sought in the run-up to the major climate talks (COP21) in Paris next year. “In this context, the secretariat seeks a senior adviser to support the Executive Secretary in her efforts for a focused, well-coordinated and effective secretariat campaign to reach out to and engage all key stakeholders,” the body says.