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RI People & Appointments: MSIM seeking new global corporate governance chief

RI’s regular Monday review of people moves and appointments.

Morgan Stanley Investment Management is recruiting a new Executive Director, Corporate Governance. The New York-based role oversees all of MSIM’s global governance-related activities, including proxy voting and company engagement. It reports to the Chief Operating Officer for Long-Only strategies and has a staff of five. Previous incumbent Kenneth Bertsch has joined the Society of Corporate Secretaries, the US professional body, as President and CEO. Morgan Stanley careers

David Simpson, director of Network Rail Scotland, has been appointed to the trustee board of Railpen, the £16.4bn (€19.3bn) Railways Pension Trustee Co. Ltd., according to company filings. Earlier this year, Russell Mears, Group Finance Director at Freightliner Group Ltd., was also named a director. Peter Duff stepped down as a director in October.

Bertrand Fournier, president of the board at LFP-Sarasin Asset Management, has been confirmed as the new president of the French SIF, the Forum pour l’Investissement Responsable (FIR). Paul de Marcellus, global product specialist for SRI at HSBC Global Asset Management, has been named as vice president of FIR.

Margaret Foran, nominated by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and Relational Investors, has been elected to the board of Occidental Petroleum Corp. The appointment “successfully satisfies” the terms of an October agreement between the investors – who have a combined $800m stake in the company – and Occidental.
Announcement*Nicholas Brischetto*, formerly Manager, Corporate Governance at Australia’s Regnan Governance Research & Engagement, has joined Hermes Fund Managers based in Sydney, Australia. He was formerly with BT Financial Group as a Corporate Governance Analyst. Link

Author and academic Wayne Visser has written a new book on corporate social responsibility, arguing there is a second generation of CSR emerging. “The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business” is published by Wiley in February. Link

Ed Whittingham, consulting services head, is to take over from Marlo Raynolds as executive director of Canadian sustainable energy think tank the Pembina Institute. Policy chief Chris Severson-Baker becomes the new managing director. Raynolds will take a year or so out in France. Announcement

Corporate governance legal expert Christopher Portner has been named a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission. Portner is a partner at law firm Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt specialising in corporate securities law and corporate governance.

Anne van Lakerveld has left VBDO, the Dutch SIF, to work as CSR advisor with Schuttelaar & Partners, a sustainability consultancy.

Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, has been named Chair of its Business Leadership Council. Hollender is the co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation and an author on social responsibility and big business.
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