RI People & Appointments, May 20: AP3, Allianz Global Investors, CDC, Green Finance Institution, PIRC, CalSTRS, Finnish Church, Kempen

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Pablo Bernengo, CEO of Sweden-based fund firm Öhman Fonder, has been named as Chief Investment Officer of AP3, the Third Swedish National Pension Fund. AP3 hailed his “strong track record” from his roles at Öhman and previous positions at DnB NOR, Skandia and Carlson Investment Management. He joins in November and takes over from acting CIO Kerim Kaskal, who stepped in following the death of Mårten Lindeborg in August last year.

Beatrix Anton-Groenemeyer has been appointed Allianz Global Investors’ first Chief Sustainability Officer, leaving her current role as Global Head of Product Specialists for Fixed Income with immediate effect. AllianzGI has €535bn in assets under management and Anton-Groenemeyer will report to CEO Andreas Utermann.

Liz Lloyd has been named the first Chief Impact Officer of UK development group CDC, where she will oversee a team of 50 in measuring the development impact from investment activities. Lloyd joins from Standard Chartered where is currently Group Company Secretary. CDC is headed by Nick O’Donohoe, the former Global Head of Research at JP Morgan, who was most recently an advisor to the Gates Foundation and who co-founded Big Society Capital, the world’s first “social investment bank”.

Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas has been appointed as CEO of the Green Finance Institution – a green industry body co-funded by the City of London and the UK government – which aims to establish London as a sustainable finance hub. Thomas previously headed Barclays’ Green Banking division where she oversaw the launch of the first green mortgage by a UK bank. Thomas sits on the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the steering committee of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, representing Barclays.

Peter Bruun has been named Head of ESG at the real estate arm of Danish labour market pensions scheme ATP, a spokesperson confirmed to RI. Bruun will assume the role in June, joining from Danish state investment fund Vækstfonden where he is Head of Communication and Sustainability.

Lise Kingo, CEO and executive director of the UN Global Compact, has been named to the board of P4G [Partners for Growth], a Danish government-led green growth initiative established in 2018. With the appointment, the Global Compact is now an organisational partner of P4G together with C40 Cities, the IFC, World Economic Forum and the World Resources Institute.

Arun Sharma has been appointed to the board of Swiss-based investment advisory Clarmondial according to a LinkedIn post by founder Tanja Havemann. Sharma is the IFC’s Chief Investment Officer based in Washington DC and has worked at the institution for nearly three decades.

Ana Maria Hernández Salgar – a former Colombian government official – has been named Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The UN-convened body received significant media attention recently after the publication of its flagship report which assessed the effects of human development on earth’s biodiversity.

Sandy Trust, a member of the Resource and Environment Board at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, has joined Ernst & Young from Grant Thornton where he led the development of a climate risk product. In his new role, Trust will focus on ESG, climate change and sustainability.Tom Powdrill has rejoined PIRC, the UK-based governance advisory firm. He will be working on stewardship/engagement for investor clients and on employment/labour issues, he said. He was formerly Responsible Investment Co-ordinator at the International Transport Workers Federation and was previously at PIRC from 2007-2013 as Head of Communications.

Michael Weston has been recruited by US pensions giant CalSTRS to coordinate an investor coalition on firearm safety, Bloomberg reports. The 13-strong coalition – which includes CalPERS, State Street Global Advisers, Nuveen and public pension schemes from a number of US states – promote a set of principles to foster a “responsible civilian firearms industry”. Weston had previously spent more than a decade at the California Department of Social Services.

Former Spainsif president, Inés García-Pintos Balbás, has joined the governing body of ECODES (Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo), a Spanish member of the Vigeo EIRIS Network. García-Pintos was previously Head of CSR at Cecabank, the Spanish wholesale bank.

Joonas Huttunen has joined The Church Pension Fund, the pensions scheme for Finland’s Lutheran church, as a Portfolio Manager and sustainable investment specialist. He had previously been based in Luxembourg, where he worked with Nordea and UBS as a portfolio manager. According to a LinkedIn post, Huttunen will be involved in manager selection in his new role, with a focus on equities.

Eszter Vitorino Fuleky has been recruited by Kempen Capital Management as a Senior Responsible Investment Advisor with a focus on corporate governance. Prior to this Fuleky was Head of Capital Markets Engagement at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a standards-setting body for sustainability reporting. She was also involved in the European Commission’s development of a sustainable finance taxonomy as a member of the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG).

Jeroen van der Veer, the former CEO of Shell, is to join the board of Swiss sustainability-oriented investment advisor Prorsum in June. Prorsum serves institutional investors, providing investment support in the energy, mobility and water sectors, and evaluating the impact of investments on the SDGs. Van de Veer, in his capacity as Chairman of the ING and Philips boards, has previous experience overseeing the implementation of frameworks measuring SDG impact.

Marga Hoek has been appointed to the Supervisory Board of Dutch investor Aegon, succeeding outgoing director Doekle Terpstra. Hoek is a well-known sustainable investment practitioner and author, and is currently Vice Chair of accounting firm Mazar’s supervisory board.

Nick Robins, the former Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC who is currently Professor in Practice – Sustainable Finance at the Grantham Research Institute, is no longer a director of the Climate Bonds Initiative according to a filing at Companies House. He remains listed as a Trustee and a member of the Advisory Panel (London) on the Climate Bonds website.

The African Development Bank is looking for a Chief Infrastructure Investment Officer and an Infrastructure Investment Officer. The bank wants experts to work on private sector deals that fit into its agenda of “delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.