RI People & Appointments, May 27: Australia’s Future Fund names ESG head

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Joel Posters has been named as the new Head of ESG Risk Management at Australia’s A$97.6bn (€66.2bn) Future Fund. Posters, who will relocate from the Netherlands to take up the role in August 2014, is the successor to Gordon Hagart, who became CEO of Australian super fund body ACSI last year. Posters was until recently Global Head of Sustainability with Rabobank’s asset financing and leasing arm De Lage Landen. He has held similar roles at ABN AMRO Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and AT Kearney, including experience across Europe, Asia and Australia. Link

The Swedish Government has appointed Johnny Capor as a member of the board at state buffer fund Andra AP-Fonden (AP2). Capor is Chief Financial Officer of KF, the Kooperativa Förbundet [‘Swedish Co-operative Union’], the Swedish co-operative group. He is also a director at investment group Folksam and solar energy concern SolTech Energy Sweden. Link

Jukka Männistö has been named as the new executive director at Finland’s €37.8bn local government pension institution Keva. Männistö, who takes over from Deputy MD Pekka Alanen – interim head since the resignation of Merja Ailus in an expenses scandal – joins from the Finnish Student Health Service. He is a former chairman of the economy board at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, where he helped draft ethical investment principles. Link

Henk Brouwer is stepping down as chairman of €309bn Dutch civil service pension fund ABP. The former Dutch central bank director took the role in January 2012. Announcement

Barbara Glover has been appointed Head of Retail Sales and Marketing at Hunter Hall Investment Management, the Australian ethical fund firm with around A$1bn under management. Glover is a former Head of Account Management at AMP Capital and Head of Investment Sales at AXA Australia. James Hordern, Manager of Business Development and Marketing, has left after almost eight years with the firm.Padraig Oliver, Research Manager at the Climate Bonds Initiative, has joined research group the Climate Policy Initiative in Venice as an Analyst. The Climate Bonds Initiative, the London-based group which works to mobilize global bond markets for climate change solutions, is currently recruiting for two roles: Market Analyst and Policy Researcher.

David Kennedy, chief executive of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC), is leaving after six years in the role. He will become the first director general for economic development at the Department for International Development. Adrian Gault, the unit’s Chief Economist, will act as interim Chief Executive. The CCC is an independent body which advises the UK government.

Mark Miller has been named as Head of UK & MENA [Middle East and North Africa] Institutional at Hermes Fund Managers, the BT Pension Scheme-owned asset manager. He joins from Amundi Asset Management, where he was Head of UK Institutional Business, and will report to Harriet Steel, Head of Business Development. Meanwhile, Hermes Real Estate has added to its team. Edward Sellick joins as Senior Asset Manager and Charles Flather as an Investment Surveyor. They join from M&G Real Estate and Bidwells respectively.

Larry Waite, the former President and CEO of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, has been appointed as a director of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada). Other new directors include Laura Watts, Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, and former investment advisor and columnist Preet Banerjee.

Regnan Governance Research & Engagement, the Australian ESG house that’s owned by a group of institutional investors, is seeking an ESG Analyst to research into ESG aspects of listed companies covering issues such as climate change, environmental management, human capital management, business ethics, and corporate governance. Link