RI People & Appointments, June 20: Exchange exec named head of investments at NZ Super

RI’s regular Monday review of people news

Fiona Mackenzie has been named Head of Investments at the NZD19.22bn (€10.9bn) New Zealand Superannuation Fund, according to an announcement from exchange group NZX where she is currently Head of Markets and Strategy. Mackenzie, who helped set up the fledgling NZX Dairy Futures Market, will join the fund in September, NZX added. NZ Super is a founding signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.

Dan Chornous has become chairman of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. Chornous, chief investment officer of RBC Global Asset Management, takes over from Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board CEO David Denison who has completed his two-year term.

Members of the interim standards board for the AA1000 corporate responsibility standards have been named. They are: Anant Nadkarni, Chairman (VP, Corporate Sustainability, TATA); Professor Carol Adams (La Trobe University, Melbourne); Ted Grant (Rockefeller Foundation); Jason Perks (Two Tomorrows); John Scade (CSR consultant); Terence Jeyaretnam (Net Balance, Australia); Kurt Ramin (AccountAbility).

Carl Bennet and Lars Pettersson have been appointed to the Swedish Corporate Governance Board. They replace Lars Otterbeck and Michael Treschow, who had been on the board since it was formed in 2005. Bennet chairs the boards of Elanders, Getinge and Lifco, as well as being a member of the boards of Holmen and Lundbergs. Pettersson was until recently CEO of the Sandvik group.

Consulting firm Deloitte has boosted its sustainability team with the appointment of Daniel Aronson and Jacob Madsen. Aronson joins from IBM where he was global offering leader for sustainability strategy; Madsen joins from Environmental Resource Management. The hires follow Deloitte’s recent acquisitions of DOMANI Sustainability Consulting and ClearCarbon Consulting.

Svein Gjedrem, the former governor of the central bank of Norway, has become chief adviser on investment rules for the Government Pension Fund, according to a Bloomberg report.Albertinah Kekana, chief operating officer of South Africa’s ZAR910.9bn (€94bn) UN PRI signatory the Public Investment Corporation, has resigned according to reports in the South African media. State-owned PIC’s main client is the Government Employees Pension Fund. Link

John McFarlane has been named as the new chairman of Aviva, the UK insurance and asset management group. He will become a non-executive director on September 1 and take over from current chairman Lord Sharman at the end of June 2012. McFarlane is a former CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group. Link

Kevin Lynch is to take over as president and CEO of US-based member group the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) from Lisa Nitze – who is stepping down due to family commitments. Lynch has been a board member of SEA since 2008. Website

Patrick Little has been appointed Chief Operations Officer at the Forest Stewardship Council, a new role. Bonn-based not-for-profit FSC is a forest certification scheme with more than 140m hectares in over 80 countries. Little previously ran his own consulting firm. Announcement

Per Sjoberg, the former managing director of CLS Holdings, has been named CEO of Cityhold Property, the new SEK500m real estate joint venture of Swedish buffer funds AP1 and AP2. Cityhold will be operated in cooperation with Swedish real estate firm Catella. Release

Neil Eckert, CEO of the Climate Exchange plc until its sale to Intercontinental Exchange in 2010, has joined the advisory board of research firm IDEACarbon, part of the IDEAGlobal Group

RCM, a fund management subsidiary of Allianz with €108bn in assets under management, has advertised a vacancy for a Sustainability Research Analyst. “Strong written and spoken English language skills, written and spoken Mandarin desirable,” the ad says. The deadline is June 21.