RI People & Appointments, May 9: APG seeking Governance & Sustainability Specialist

ESG movers and shakers

APG Asset Management is looking for a Governance & Sustainability Specialist to implement responsible investment across its alternative investments including natural resources, infrastructure, hedge funds, private equity and special situations investments. The position will provide APG’s portfolio managers with clear guidance on ESG issues specific to their investment strategies. The Sustainability and Governance team at APG Asset Management currently consists of nine people and reports to the Chief Investment Officer, Capital Markets. Link

Erica Lasdon of Calvert Investments has been named to the board of the Stewardship Action Council, the membership group which aims to raise the level of social, environmental, and economic performance. The body’s 11-member 2012 Board of Directors was approved last month, with William Bozzo, of DM Petroleum Operations Company, chairing the board executive committee and Johnson & Johnson’s Annette Russo as president. Link

The not-for-profit Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has named four new members to its board of directors. They are: Hewson Baltzell, Head of Product Development, ESG Research at MSCI; Matt Bannick, Managing Director, Omidyar Network; Luther Ragin, chief executive, GIIN; and Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation.

AMP Capital, the Australia-based investment manager with more than A$123bn (€95.4bn) in assets under management, has named Ross Andrews as environmental sustainable governance (ESG) research associate. Andrews, who has had stints at consultants KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, will report to AMP Capital’s head of ESG research Ian Woods.

James Hughes has been appointed as chief executive of First Solar, the Nasdaq-listed solar photovoltaic technology firm. Hughes, who joined in March as Chief Commercial Officer, takes over from founder Mike Ahearn, who remains chairman. The company has also named former GE Energy executive Sujoy Ghosh as head of its Indian operation. And Raffi Garabedian becomes Chief Technology Officer, replacing Dave Eaglesham, who is retiring. Link*Roland-Jan Meijer has been named* as Executive Director of the newly formed Global Solar Council, a CEO-level industry coalition which aims to “expand the global deployment of solar energy”. Companies involved include: Applied Materials; Dow Corning; First Solar; Lanco Solar; Phoenix Solar and Suntech. Release

Jeff Chapman, head of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association trade body, has been appointed chair of the new Carbon Capture and Storage Cost Reduction Task Force advisory panel by the UK government. Announcement

Professor Saleem Ali has been appointed Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland. Link

Benedikt von Butler, the head of environmental products at Citi in London, has left the bank, according to a report in Carbon Finance. Von Butler joined Citi in 2010 from Cantor, where he was Director of Sales, Carbon Markets. Link

The International Council on Mining and Metals, the industry body which seeks to improve sustainability in the sector, has named René Aguilar Sáez as its new Director of Health and Safety. He was previously Corporate Safety and Occupational Health Manager at Codelco, Chile and was team leader of the successful rescue of the 33 trapped miners in 2010, the ICMM said.

John Weir has been named as Head of Strategic Land Investment at the Church Commissioners, the body which runs a £4.8bn investment portfolio for the Church of England. He joins from real estate firm Drivers Jonas Deloitte, which he joined in 2002. Announcement

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK’s corporate governance watchdog, is recruiting a new Deputy Chair for the Financial Reporting Review Panel (FRRP), which will seek to improve corporate reporting. The closing date for applications is 25 May 2012. Link