RI People & Appointments, March 25: Japan’s FSA names Chief Sustainable Finance Officer

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Satoshi Ikeda, Director of the International Affairs Office of Japan’s Financial Services Agency, the government body which oversees banking, securities and exchange, and insurance sectors in order to ensure the stability of country’s financial system, has been named as its Chief Sustainable Finance Officer. The role engages in planning and coordination on the promotion of sustainable finance.

Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO of Danish pension fund PensionDanmark, has been appointed chairman of the Copenhagen Business School. He has been the CEO of Denmark’s largest pension fund for 25 years.

Chris Hannon has been elected chair of the Trustee Board of the Railway Pensions Trustee Company Limited, the £29bn (€33.7bn) UK rail pensions body. He is a former Head of Pensions at Network Rail and he takes over from John Chilman.

Nina Roth is to become a director of BMO Global Asset Management’s RI department, one of a raft of new additions to the team. Roth joins from GIZ – Germany’s development agency – and has more than ten years of experience in responsible investing. Alan Fitzpatrick joins from Hermes EOS as a product specialist, while Derek Ip – who has worked at Trucost, the Climate Bonds Initiative and Reset Carbon Limited – has been hired as an ESG analyst.

Jameela Pedicini is now Executive Director, Climate Finance Initiatives at Bloomberg LP, moving over from Perella Weinberg Partners, where she was most recently Executive Director, Co-Head of Mission Aligned Investing.

James Hamilton, an executive from BlackRock’s investment stewardship team, has reportedly been nabbed by PJT Camberview, a governance consultancy arm of investment bank PJT Partners that was founded by former BlackRock executive Abe Friedman and formerly known as Camberview Partners. Hamilton spent three years at BlackRock and was responsible in the past two years for governance and proxy voting and engaging with boards and management at BlackRock portfolio companies.

Hans Sterte has been appointed deputy chief executive at Swedish pension provider Alecta. Sterte will carry out the work alongside his role as CIO, which he has held since Spring 2018. Before coming to Alecta, Sterte was at Swedish investor Skandia where he headed up asset management, and before that, he worked at pensions and insurance company Länsförsäkringar. The roles of current deputy chief executive and head of clients, Katarina Thorslund, remain unchanged.Gabriel Wilson-Otto has been appointed Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific within BNP Paribas’ Sustainability Centre, a newly created role that will see him undertaking corporate engagement and working with policy makers on sustainable finance and investment. He will report to Global Head of Stewardship and Policy Helena Viñes Fiestas.

Johan Mellerup is leaving Danske Bank at the end of March. Mellerup was Senior Consultant, Sustainability Strategy & Governance, and has previously held a string of roles of increasing responsibility at firms including PensionDanmark and ATP. RI understands he is going back to ATP.

Anand Mahindra, chairman of Indian industrial conglomerate Mahindra Group, has joined the board of the United Nations Global Compact.

Eric Hsueh has been appointed Director, Manager Due Diligence at Cornerstone Capital Group, a New York-based role that will see him supporting fund manager selection and due diligence. Hsueh was formerly Director, Manager Research & Portfolio Construction at MissionPoint Partners, where he led the due diligence process.

Emma Howard Boyd has been reappointed as chair of the UK’s Environment Agency for a second term.

HESTA, the Australian superannuation fund for workers in health and community service sector, has appointed Sophie Ismail as Director, replacing former Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) employee representative Michael Borowick. Ismail was formerly principal lawyer at the Victorian Department of Education, senior associate at Holding Redlich Lawyers and senior legal officer at the Attorney-General’s Department. She is the eighth female member of the fourteen-strong HESTA board.

Kames Capital has named two people to its Edinburgh-based fixed income team headed by Adrian Hull. Jill Shaw was most recently head of strategic engagement, Asia Pacific at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Dickson joins as an investment specialist, having previously held a similar role at ASI.

Natalie Jackson is leaving JUST Capital, the social investment firm co-founded by hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II and publisher Arianna Huffington and others, where she was Managing Director, Polling, to move to Washington and become Director of Research at the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), an NGO conducting research “at the intersection of religion, values, and public life”. Her role at JUST Capital has yet to be filled.