RI People & Appointments, June 6: APG names new ESG Head

RI’s regular Monday review of people moves.

Claudia Kruse has been appointed Head of the Amsterdam-based ESG team at APG Asset Management, the wholly owned fund manager of the giant ABP pension fund. Kruse succeeds Rob Lake who left APG in April 2011 and started earlier this month at the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment as Director of Strategy. Kruse joined APG Asset Management in April 2009 as a Senior Sustainability and Governance Specialist, and most recently was head of Corporate Governance. In her new post she will continue to focus on governance and the role of company boards in integrating sustainability with company strategy. Paulus Ingram has also joined the eight-strong team as Senior Governance and Sustainability Specialist with responsibility for integration of ESG factors into the investment process for alternative asset classes such as commodities, private equity and hedge funds. Ingram has over ten years of experience investing in real estate, private equity and hedge funds in the US and has a background in ecology.

Greg Larkin, former Head of Business Development for North America at MSCI, has joined Bloomberg as Product Developer and Manager at Bloomberg News. Larkin was formerly Head of Financial Sector Research at RiskMetrics Group and worked at Innovest prior to the buy-out.

Alan Petrillo, former Writer/Editor at MSCI has joined Root Capital, the Cambridge, Massachussets-based non-profit social investment fund for grassroots businesses in rural areas of developing countries as a Senior Writer. Petrillo was formerly with RiskMetrics and prior to that KLD Research & Analytics prior to the buy-out.

James Featherby has been named as the new Chairman of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG). Featherby, 52, who recently retired as a partner of law firm Slaughter and May, is the author of The White Swan Formula: Rebuilding business and finance for the common good and is the general editor of Global Business and Human Rights. He takes over from John Reynolds on January 1 2012. Announcement

Kimberly Gluck has joined Boston Trust & Investment Management Co. as a senior vice president and portfolio manager, where she will work at responsible investing arm Walden Asset Management. “Kim has a substantial history of leadership in the incorporation of environmental, social and corporate governance analysis into the investment process,” said Walden’s Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement Timothy Smith. Gluck was formerly with Atlantic Trust and State Street Global Advisors. Announcement*Karsten Langer, a partner at private equity* firm Riverside Europe Partners, has been named as the new chairman of industry body the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA). He will take as chair from Uli Fricke of Triangle Venture Capital Group.

Paul Hodgson has been appointed Managing Director and Chief Communications Officer of corporate governance and environmental, social and governance (ESG) researcher GovernanceMetrics International (GMI). He is a former Senior Research Analyst at Portland, Maine-based GMI. Announcement

Douglas Conant, chief executive of US food group Campbell Soup Co., has been elected as chairman of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). He takes over from Harold McGraw of publishing giant McGraw-Hill, who has chaired the corporate philanthropy advocacy group since 2006.

Glyn Jones has left his role as a director of BT Pension Scheme Management Ltd., according to a company filing. It follows the announcement in March that he would be standing down as chairman of the BTPS-owned fund manager Hermes as of July 2011.
Monica Caneman, the chairman of the board at Swedish buffer fund Fjärde AP-fonden has been elected to the board of Norway’s Storebrand ASA by its Board of Representatives.

Timothy Southerton has been appointed to the 10-member board of the $89bn New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS) Board by State Commissioner of Education David Steiner. He becomes one of the three teacher members, replacing Michael Corn, who died in March. Announcement

Brad Page has been appointed chief executive of the Global CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) Institute, the not-for-profit entity launched by the Australian government in 2009. Page, who joins from the Energy Supply Association of Australia, will replace interim CEO John Hartwell. Announcement

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment is seeking a Global Recruitment Manager. The London-based role will be responsible for implementing PRI Global Signatory Recruitment Strategy, liaising with senior management of pension funds, insurance companies and investment managers from around the world. The closing date for applications is June 7.