RI People & Appointments, Nov. 11: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board seeks operating chief

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The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the new not-for-profit body which provides sustainability standards for US companies, is seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO) – one of nine open jobs at the organisation. “Reporting to the CEO and as a peer to the three program directors, the chief operating officer (COO) will be responsible for enhancing the internal organization processes and infrastructure that will allow SASB to continue to grow and fulfil its mission in a streamlined and cost-effective manner,” SASB says. Among other roles advertised are: Senior Manager – Corporate Pilot Program; Education Manager; Research Analyst; Technical Research Analyst; and Stakeholder Engagement Manager – Investor Focus. Link

The Global Reporting Initiative, which develops corporate sustainability metrics, has announced the appointment of new members on its Board of Directors: Alexandra Watson, Eric Hespenheide, Manfred Warda, Pavan Sukhdev, Roberto de Ocampo and Roberto Waack. They will each serve terms to December 2016. Meanwhile, Helena Barton, Partner – Deloitte Sustainability, replaces Karin Ireton of Standard Bank South Africa as the new Stakeholder Council Chair, serving a term of two years from 1 January 2014. The GRI also announced new members to the Stakeholder Council and its Technical Advisory Committee. Full details are available here.

Christine Berry, Head of Policy and Research at UK-based campaign group ShareAction, is leaving to take a post at the New Economics Foundation think-tank. Berry, who joined ShareAction (formerly Fair Pensions) in 2010 having previously worked as a parliamentary researcher, has been instrumental in its work on fiduciary duty.

Kristin Montgomery has been named to the new role of Controller at the $265bn (€197.8bn) California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Prior to joining CalPERS, Montgomery owned and operated Dolamont Consulting, Inc., a Sacramento-based firm, and was a senior manager for Complete Business Solutions, Inc. and Franklin Templeton. Rose McAuliffe becomes Chief of the Division of Financial Planning and Policy.Martin Schoenberg has joined Climate Change Capital’s advisory team as head of policy. He previously worked for the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety focusing on the European Council. He’s also worked for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). CCC, an asset manager and advisory group, was founded in 2003 and is now part of food group Bunge. Announcement

Kathryn Graham, Director at BT Pension Scheme Management Ltd., the pensions advisory arm of the BT Pension Scheme, is leaving after nine years at the fund. She joined in 2004 to assist with hedge fund investments and 2007 took responsibility for Manager Selection. In 2009 she up a new team tasked with managing Liability Risk.

Robert Vandersluis, GlaxoSmithKline’s Director of Global Pension Investments, has been appointed a non-executive director of the £4.6bn (€5.5bn) London Pensions Fund Authority.

Caroline Flammer of Ivey Business School has won the 2013 Moskowitz Prize for SRI research for her paper Does Corporate Social Responsibility Lead to Superior Financial Performance?. The paper found that the adoption of CSR proposals “leads to positive announcement returns and superior accounting performance”. The prize is named for Milton Moskowitz, one of the first investigators to publish comparisons of the financial performance of screened and unscreened portfolios. The call for papers for the 2014 Moskowitz Prize will be distributed in early summer 2014.

Garrett Soden has been appointed to the board of solar energy firm Etrion, replacing John Craig. Soden is a former Chief Financial Officer at the company, and will re-assume that role on an interim basis during Cheryl Eversden’s maternity leave. Toronto and Nasdaq Stockholm-listed Etrion is 25% owned by Sweden’s billionaire Lundin family. Link

The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), the church-based investor coalition and membership organisation, is recruiting for an Ethical Money Churches Development Officer to implement a new three-year research and development project.