RI People & Appointments, May 29: Hermes names permanent CEO

ESG movers and shakers

Saker Nusseibeh has been appointed CEO of Hermes Fund Managers on a permanent basis. Nusseibeh, who had been interim CEO following the departure of Rupert Clarke late last year, joined the BT Pension Fund-owned fund firm in 2009 as Head of Investment – a role he will retain.

The £35bn (€43.8bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme, one of the leading responsible investors in the UK, has named Howard Brindle as its new Chief Operating Officer. He joins from J.P. Morgan, where he was head of transfer agency operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at the US bank’s custody division. He was formerly Chief Administration Officer at Lehman Brothers Asset Management from 2005-2008.

Bas Ruter has become Director of Sustainability at Rabobank Netherlands. He was formerly Managing Director of Triodos Investment Management. The former Dutch politician founded Dutch Sustainability Research, which evolved into environmental, social and governance research firm Sustainalytics.

Marianne Nilsson has been named as acting chief executive of Swedbank Robur, the Swedish fund manager which has SEK12bn (€1.3bn) managed with ethical criteria. Nilsson, who is currently Deputy CEO, takes over from Thomas Eriksson who is leaving to become the new CEO of Nordic investment bank Carnegie. Nilsson, who has been at the firm since 1987, is currently responsible for ownership issues. News Release

Will Pomroy has been named Policy Lead: Corporate Governance at the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds. He joins from Aviva where he was Public Policy Manager and will report to David Paterson, the NAPF’s Head of Corporate Governance.

Ian Greenwood, the chairman of the UK’s Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, has lost his seat on Bradford City Council, according to a report in Professional Pensions. It said the result removes him as chair of the £7.9bn West Yorkshire Pension Fund.Australian Ethical, the Australian sustainable funds firm, has added two new analysts to its equity investment team in Sydney: Mason Willoughby-Thomas and Mark Wade. Willoughby-Thomas was previously at ING Investment Management and will be responsible for international equities coverage, focusing on smart energy stocks. Wade was previously at LINWAR Securities, Ord Minnett and Investors Mutual.

Retired Justice Muhammad Taqi Usmani, a prominent Shariah scholar and chairman of the AAOIFI Shariah Supervisory Board, has been named as chairman of news and data firm Thomson Reuters’ Islamic Interbank Benchmark Rate (IIBR) Shariah Committee.

Carel van Eykelenburg and Erik van Houwelingen have joined the board of the €261bn Dutch civil service pension fund ABP, according to a report in IPE.com. The pair both represent employers’ organisations. Van Eykelenburg is former head of pensions provider MN Services while Van Houwelingen is former CEO at Aegon Asset Management.

Mark Armour, who is set to retire as Chief Financial Officer of media company Reed Elsevier at the end of the year, is to join the board of the Financial Reporting Council, the UK’s financial watchdog. He was formerly a partner at Price Waterhouse and is a non-executive director of SABMiller. Announcement

Peter Boyd has been appointed as Expert Chair of the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Carbon War Room, the global, non-profit organisation that seeks to accelerate entrepreneurial solutions to cutting emissions. Link

The United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) Programme Secretariat is looking for a consultant to review the Policy Board Structure. The deadline for applications is June 1. Link