RI People & Appointments, June 20: Hermes EOS names new Director of Engagement

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Carl Short has been appointed Director of Engagement at Hermes Equity Ownership Services, the engagement arm of Hermes Investment Management. Reporting to Hermes EOS’ Co-Head Hans-Christoph Hirt, Short will head global engagement and voting services. In 2015, the team engaged with 466 companies. Prior to joining Hermes, Short had stints at Standard & Poor’s Equity Research, Société Générale, Nomura and Kleinwort Benson. Link

Gareth Davies, Managing Director at Blackrock Investment Management, has been appointed Head of Client Relationship Management at Hermes Investment Management. He will report to Mark Miller, Head of UK & Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Institutional.

Peter Blom, CEO of Dutch-based sustainable bank Triodos, has been named as the new chairman of the Supervisory Board of CSR Netherlands [MVO Nederland since 2009], the Centre of Excellence for companies focused on corporate social responsibility. He succeeds Simon van Driel, the former Loyalis CEO who went on to join the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch senate.

Pavan Sukhdev, environmental economist and United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador, has been awarded the Asahi Glass Foundation’s 2016 Blue Planet Prize. Sukhdev, a former senior Deutsche Bank executive, is known for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative.

Alan Higham has joined Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the leading UK asset owner, as Chief Pensions Strategy and Engagement Officer. Higham is a former advisor to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), partner at PwC and Retirement Director at Fidelity. His role replaces the Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer vacancy left by Brendan Mulkern earlier this year. Announcement

Shawn MacDonald, Director of Programs and Research at Verité, a US non-profit organisation working to promote safe, fair, and legal working conditions globally, has been promoted to chief executive. MacDonald replaces Dan Viederman who left in March to take a new position with Humanity United but remains a board member at Verité.

John Hitchins has been named Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel by the Financial Reporting Council, the UK watchdog. A former partner with PwC, he succeeds Ian Wright in the role.

David Victor, Professor at the University of California, San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, has been named Co-Chair of the Brookings Institute’s Initiative on Energy and Climate.Mark Walker, Global Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Unilever’s internal pension investment organisation, Univest Company, has joined the 300 Club, the independent group of leading global investment professionals founded by Hermes CEO Saker Nusseibeh. Link

Paula Caballero, Senior Director at the World Bank and an authority on climate and development issues, has been appointed Global Director of the World Resources Institute’s Climate Program. Caballero, who replaces Jennifer Morgan in the role, will work with the global research institute’s staff and partners on issues related to international climate action.

Teresa Tan has resigned as chief financial officer of China-based, NYSE-listed solar photovoltaic firm Trina Solar to “pursue other personal interests”. It said that Ms. Xu Ying (Merry Xu), currently a vice president and strategy assistant to the CEO at the Company, will act as interim chief financial officer until a permanent replacement is hired.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation, a US based social justice organisation, has elected Ruth Cummings as Chair of the Board at its Spring Board meeting in April. Cummings is a founding board member of the grant making foundation.

Guillaume Brousse of Deloitte Luxembourg has replaced his colleague Nicolas Hennebert on the ESG Label Eligibility Committee at LuxFLAG, the fund labelling agency in the Grand Duchy. Kim Pilgaard, Managing Director of Nordea Investment Funds, has joined the LuxFLAG board.

Denis Berthiaume has been named Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Desjardins, the Canadian cooperative financial group with assets of C$255bn (€175.4bn). It’s part of a management reshuffle under new President and CEO Guy Cormier. Link

Francesco Briganti is reportedly stepping down as director of the AEIP, the European Association of Paritarian Institutions, the Brussels-based group for pension providers managed by social partners. IPE said Briganti has been the organisation’s director since 2009 having joined three years before as legal advisor.

The McKnight Foundation, the $2.2bn Minnesota-based philanthropic body, is seeking a Vice President of Programs to join its senior leadership team.