RI People & Appointments, March 18: New impact investing role for former PRI operating head

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Jérôme Tagger, the former Chief Operating Officer of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has joined the New York-based Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) as Director of Membership and Operations. In the new role, Tagger will oversee the strategy, member services, recruitment, and programming for GIIN’s membership groups, as well as certain GIIN operations, reporting to CEO Luther Ragin. Ragin said: “Jérôme brings skills and experience that will continue to support and grow the expanding membership of the GIIN, and we are happy to bring him aboard.” The GIIN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. It currently has 169 member organizations around the globe, 55 of which are also members of the GIIN Investors’ Council, an invitation-only leadership group for active large-scale impact investors. Prior to joining PRI, Tagger was Head of Research at Eurosif, the European Social Investment Forum.

Mirza Baig, director of governance and sustainable investment at F&C Investments, says he is leaving the fund management firm to start his own India-based consulting firm. He said: “After eight enjoyable and eventful years I will be leaving my current role with F&C at the end of March.” The firm will be called Hikma Governance Consulting and Baig hopes to work with institutional investors on responsible investment.

Two senior figures have been made redundant at trade body the Association of British Insurers (ABI), according to a number of industry sources. They are Michael McKersie, Assistant Director, Capital Markets and John Hale, Investment Affairs Manager, the sources said. The ABI said it doesn’t comment on “internal staffing issues”.

Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has announced her departure as Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). She took the role in 2010 and is returning to Chile amid speculation she plans to run again for president.Cassandra Lichnock has been appointed the first Chief Operating Officer at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). She joined the $161.4bn fund in 2008 from the California State Lottery to serve as Human Resources Executive Officer. As COO, she oversees Benefits and Services, Human Resources, Plan Design and Communication, Technology Services and its ‘BusinessRenew’ program. Announcement

Pavan Sukhdev and Antonio Vives have joined the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) project. Former Deutsche Bank executive and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) leader Sukhdev is founder-CEO of GIST Advisory. Vives is a principal associate of Cumpetere, a consulting firm on infrastructure finance, sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility, and a consulting professor at Stanford University. The initiative currently has an ‘exposure draft’ of its principles open for comment, with feedback requested by April 2. A revised version of the GISR principles will be launched on May 2 at the Ceres Conference in San Francisco and on May 24 at the Global Reporting Initiative Conference in Amsterdam. Link

Aidan Davy has been appointed to the new role of deputy president and senior program director at the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the extractives industry trade group.

The Financial Reporting Council, the UK watchdog, is recruiting a ‘Lab Project Director’ for its Financial Reporting Lab. The role, within its FRC Codes & Standards Division, comes as the FRC grapples with audit committee reporting, risk reporting, accounting policy disclosure, and technology enabled reporting.

Ceres, the Boston-based sustainability advocacy group, is seeking a Senior Development Manager, Major Gifts . The role will report to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), with a specific focus on “cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding” major donors as part of a seven-person development department.