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RI People & Appointments, May 13: SPF Beheer’s Huijnen joins ASN Bank

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Martijn Huijnen, Portfolio Manager, Socially Responsible Investing at €15bn Dutch transport sector pension fund SPF Beheer, is to join ASN Bank as Senior Product Developer. ASN is the sustainable bank that is part of SNS Reaal. Huijnen joined SPF Beheer in 2007 and is a member of the research committee at corporate governance network Eumedion.

Christopher Ailman, Chief Investment Officer of the $163.7bn (€193.8bn) California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has joined the 300 Club, the group of investment figures founded by Hermes Fund Managers’ CEO Saker Nusseibeh. Ailman, who sits on several boards and advisory boards in the US and UK, and is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network.

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the not-for-profit body developing sustainability accounting standards, is seeking industry experts for its Non-Renewable Resources Sector Industry Working Groups. The sectors are: Oil & Gas (all sub-sectors); Coal; Metals & Mining; Construction Materials. The registration deadline is August 1. Link

Sean Gallary has been named as Managing Director of ORIX USA Asset Management, the US arm of the Japan-based company which recently acquired Dutch asset manager Robeco. Gallary will “share responsibility for investing ORIX USA’s capital in asset management activities, including strategic acquisitions”. He was most recently MD at Asset Management Finance (AMF), a boutique firm majority owned by Credit Suisse. Announcement

Barry Tootell has stood down as CEO of the UK’s Co-operative Banking Group. It follows a downgrading by ratings agency Moody’s and the collapse of a deal to acquire parts of Lloyds Banking Group. Rod Bulmer becomes acting CEO.Robert Leary has been named as executive vice president and president of TIAACREF Asset Management, the arm of the $520bn US financial services organization which provides retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. Leary, most recently president and chief operating officer of ING in the US, will report to Chief Executive Roger Ferguson and be based at the company’s New York headquarters. Link

Gianni Chianetta, the former CEO of BP Solar Italia and ex-president of solar trade body Assosolare, has set up a green economy consulting firm called Gianni Chianetta & Partners. Link

Su-Mei Thompson, head of Hong Kong’s new 30% Club, a group of chairmen and business leaders promoting greater female representation on corporate boards, has been appointed to the Equal Opportunities Commission by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, with effect from May 20.

Charlie Porter has been named as a non-executive director at F&C, the UK funds house. He was formerly responsible for F&C’s retail and wholesale business, including investment trusts. Porter founded Thames River Capital in 1998 and managed the company until its acquisition by F&C in September 2010. Directors Jeff Medlock and Ian Brindle have retired

US shareholder advocacy group As You Sow is seeking an Energy Program Manager to lead research, strategy, and corporate dialogues for its climate change, coal, cleantech, and hydraulic fracturing initiatives. Link

Call for Nominations: Canadian SRI Distinguished Service Award. On June 18 at the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference in Vancouver, the Canadian SRI Distinguished Service Award will be presented to an individual voted by professional peers to have made an outstanding contribution to the Canadian socially responsible investment (SRI) industry. The deadline for nominations is May 27.