RI People & Appointments, March 4: PRI, SASB, Aegon, Aviva, JP Morgan, Man Group, Chronos Sustainability

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Archie Beeching, Head of Private Markets at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in London, has left the organisation. Beeching had previously led the PRI’s Fixed Income Work Stream for five years, before moving to work on private equity, real estate, infrastructure and natural resources. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has taken a position as Director, Responsible Investing at Muzinich & Co., the public and private corporate credit specialist.

Madelyn Antoncic has been appointed as chief executive of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). A former Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank, she was most recently Executive Director and Global Head of Official Sector Partnerships at Principal Global Investors.
Maurice Tulloch has been named as CEO at Aviva, the UK-based insurance and asset management giant. Tulloch, who joined Aviva in 1992 and who is currently CEO for International Insurance, takes over from Mark Wilson, who stepped down last year. Tulloch is a former chair of ClimateWise, the insurance industry climate-risk group.

Dick Sluimers, the former chairman of the executive board of Dutch pension investment giant APG, has been named chair of the Supervisory Board of NIBC, taking over from Wim van den Goorbergh at the Dutch merchant banking group.

Robert Black has joined Chronos Sustainability, the firm co-founded by Nicky Amos and Rory Sullivan, as Manager of Investor Engagement. Black was formerly an ESG Analyst at FTSE Russell. Sullivan said in a LinkedIn post that Black would work alongside Darren Vanstone.

David Bohigian has assumed the role of Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s development finance institution. Bohigian, who has served as OPIC Executive Vice President since August 2017, has taken the role after Ray Washburne announced last month that he would step down from the agency.

Lou Capparelli has reportedly been named Manager of Sustainable Portfolios and Governance at Australia’s $64bn pension fund UniSuper. Capparelli joined UniSuper in 2015 as a Senior Analyst and most recently was Manager, Equities. He has also held senior roles at Blackrock and Evans and Partners. Capparelli takes over from Talieh Williams who was Manager Governance and Sustainable investment for over a decade.

In February five members joined SpainSif, Spain’s sustainable investment network. They are Alembeeks (a corporate governance firm), ASEAFI (an association of financial advising firms), Erste AM (an asset manager), Eurocapital EAFI (an independent financial adviser firm) and DWS. SpainSif has now 69 members.

Archie Pearson has reportedly joined asset manager Rathbones’ stewardship team as governance and voting analyst. Pearson moves from Oikocredit, where he worked for three years as a client executive for the capital raising, investor relations and business development teams. At Rathbones, Pearson will report to Rathbones stewardship director Matt Crossman.Aegon Asset Management has made three responsible investment hires. Rebecca Dreyfus and Stephanie Mooij have joined as senior engagement associates within the global Responsible Business and Public Affairs team. Dreyfus joins from Sustainalytics where she was a client relations manager for Nordic clients. Mooij recently finished a PhD on ESG integration at Oxford University and was formerly with Ownership Capital. Gerrit Ledderhof joins as a responsible investment and public affairs manager from the Canadian Ministry of the Environment in Toronto.

Jennifer Wu has been named Global Head of Sustainable Investing at JP Morgan Asset Management, moving over from BlackRock’s sustainable investing team. Wu’s new role is based in London. Before joining BlackRock in 2014, Jennifer worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Shamez Alibhai has been named Head of Community Housing at Man Global Private Markets, alternatives group Man’s private markets investment business. Joining from Cheyne Capital, he will also sit on Man Group’s Responsible Investment Committee. The firm has also set up a Community Housing Advisory Committee. Its members include former Bank of England Monetary Authority Committee member Dame Katharine Barker and Social Finance CEO David Hutchison.

Nick Spencer, ex-Director of responsible investing for EMEA at Russell Investments, has launched his own consultancy focused on advising pension funds on ESG issues. Spencer left his former role last May, after nearly seven years, in which he was also Co-Chair of Russell Investment’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Alongside running his new venture, Gordian Advice, which he formally announced in February, he is also a member of the Resource & Environmental Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Jameela Pedicini has left Perella Weinberg Partners, where she was responsible for managing client relationships with a focus on impact investing and ESG integration in Agility’s investment process.

Jeff Lipson is succeeding Brendan Herron as CFO of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital. Lipson joined Hannon Armstrong in January 2019 as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Herron will remain as an executive vice president and take on an expanded leadership role focusing on strategic growth initiatives.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Resource and Environment (R and E) Board is seeking a volunteer to take responsibility for its research activities. The volunteer would also be appointed to the board’s Research and CPD Sub-committee and liaise between the board and sub-committee on research matters. The application closing date is March 28.