RI People & Appointments, May 15: AP4’s green bond expert Erlandsson joins Granit Fonder

The latest ESG movers and shakers.

Ulf Erlandsson, senior portfolio manager at Sweden’s Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4) and an expert on green bonds and CO2 and credit, has joined asset manager Granit Fonder to set up a new hedge fund. The fund, which is set for launch later this year, will focus on climate change and green bonds. Erlandsson will be head of fixed income at Granit. Sean George, Co-CIO at Granit, hailed the combination of Erlandsson’s “theoretical knowledge” and “stellar real world performance”. Link

Amy Bell, Head of Principal Investments of JPMorgan Chase’s Sustainable Finance group, has joined US impact investing consultancy Tideline as Senior Director. Whilst at JP Morgan, Bell managed a $100m portfolio of impact investments in businesses benefiting low-income and underserved populations. Since its creation in 2014, Tideline has completed advisory projects for leading foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and Generation Investment Management.

Sonya Sawtell-Rickson, Investment Director at Australian Government owned investment manager Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), has reportedly been appointed Chief Investment Officer at A$37bn (€25bn) Australian superannuation fund HESTA. Sawtell-Rickson, who has more than 16 years of investment experience, will take up her new role on July 24.

Impact investment specialist Marina Leytes, who has previously collaborated with organisations such as the World Economic Forum, ImpactAlpha, and The ImPact, has joined private equity firm Sarona Asset Management as European Head of Investor Relations, ESG & Impact. Leytes, who takes up her new role in June, will be based out of Sarona’s Amsterdam office.

Joanne Segars, outgoing chief executive of the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, has been appointed non-executive chair of LGPS Central, the company set up to manage £40bn (€47bn) of assets being pooled by nine Midlands-based UK public pension funds. The company is also looking to appoint two non-executive directors, a CEO, a chief investment officer and other top executives.

Matthias Kopp, Head of Sustainable Finance at conservation fund WWF, has been appointed Global Challenges Index (GCX) Advisory Board’s newest member. Kopp replaces Bernhard Bauske at the global index of companies committed to promoting sustainable development.Mardi McBrien, Managing Director at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), has announced she is taking a period of maternity leave. The global climate disclosure association is now looking for a temporary replacement to manage its day-to-day operations in her absence. The deadline for applications is 19 May.

Chris Cuffe, Chair at A$60bn Australian superannuation fund UniSuper, is reportedly stepping down from the role on June 30 after the completion of his first term. Cuffe, who previously served as UniSuper’s Director for 10 years, will be replaced by the fund’s current Independent Director, Ian Martin – formerly CEO of BT Financial Group. And Ian Martin’s now vacant position of Independent Director is assumed by former CEO of Invesco Australia, Mark Armour, who joins the fund’s board.

Former US Washington State Treasurer James McIntire has been appointed to The SASB Foundation’s Board of Directors on a three-year term along with Jay Willoughby, former Chief Investment Officer of Alaska’s $50bn sovereign wealth fund. Responsible for funding and oversight, the SASB Foundation Board of Directors is part of a new two-tier governance structure at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Caroline Tsay, CEO at Compute Software, has joined the board of research provider Morningstar. Tsay, 35, has been recognized among the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council and also sits on the board at Rosetta Stone Inc.

Frank Meyer, former General Manager at industrial equipment dealer Finning International, has been named President of Clean Energy Fuels’ Canada based subsidiary, Clean Energy Compression.

Graham Bishop, Global Macro Strategist at Citi Bank, has been appointed Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management, a UK fund firm owned by Svenska Handelsbanken. Bishop, who also previously held roles at Exane BNP Paribas and RBS (formerly ABN Amro), will be responsible for leading on tactical asset allocation and the management of the multi asset strategies.

Jianqiao Lu, Director of the Chinese Ministry of Finance’s Accounting Regulatory Department, has been named as a Board member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the independent standard setting body of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS).