RI People & Appointments, Nov. 12: New CEO named at Canada’s OPTrust

The latest ESG movers and shakers

William Hatanaka has been appointed chief executive of Canada’s C$13.7bn (€10.7bn) OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust). He was formerly Group Head of Wealth Management at TD Bank Financial Group. He is also on the board of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and exchange operator TMX and is a past Chair of the Investment Industry Association of Canada. He takes over from Stephen Griggs, the former head of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, who stepped down as CEO earlier this year. UN Principles for Responsible Investment signatory OPTrust manages the pension assets of Ontario public sector workers who are members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Announcement

Martijn Wilder, head of law firm Baker & Mackenzie’s Global Climate Change and Emissions Trading Practice, has been appointed the new Chairman of Low Carbon Australia. He takes over from Mike Rann, who has resigned to take up the appointment as High Commissioner to the UK. Wilder was already a director of Low Carbon Australia, which was set up by the government in 2010 to boost low carbon investment.

Amy Mathis has joined US sustainability focused asset manager Calvert Investments as Director of Relationship Management. She was most recently Senior Vice President and Head of Client Relations at Advisors Asset Management. Link

The Global Reporting Initiative, which works to make sustainability reporting standard practice, has appointed Paul Boykas, Vice President, Public Policy/Government Affairs at PepsiCo and Jane Karuku, President at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to its Board of Directors. Dr. Simon Longstaff, Executive Director at St. James Ethics Centre, was reelected and will continue serving on the Board in 2013.

Samuel Leupold has been appointed as new Executive Vice President of Wind Power at DONG Energy, taking over from CEO Henrik Poulsen who had been fulfilling the role. Leupold joins from Swiss energy company BKW FMB Energie, where he was Executive Vice President.Eleanor Farrell, the former Director, Corporate Governance and Legal at the C$$170.1bn Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), has joined the Ontario Securities Commission regulator as Director of its new Office of the Investor.

Sustainability consultancy BrownFlynn has named Cora Lee Mooney as a Senior Consultant; she had joined the Cleveland, Ohio-based firm in 2011 to lead its training efforts. Sara Martin has joined the firm as an Analyst; she was formerly an adjunct faculty member in the Cuyahoga Community College department of anthropology and sociology.

The Right Reverend Justin Welby has been confirmed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England. Welby, the current Bishop of Durham, will succeed Dr Rowan Williams. Welby, a former oil industry executive, sits on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and currently chairs the panel that oversees the criteria for the ethical funds at F&C.

Daniel Godfrey has been named as the new chief executive of the Investment Management Association, taking over from Richard Saunders. Godfrey is a former Director General of the Association of Investment Companies.
Bruce Bernstein, securities attorney with New York-based US class action law firm, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, has left the firm. It is not known if Bernstein has yet taken a position elsewhere.

A vacancy for a Microfinance Investment Manager has been advertised by the European Investment Fund (EIF), the risk finance arm of the European Investment Bank. The role will manage the complete investment cycle for microfinance transaction, from identification of suitable investments to contract negotiation and closing. The deadline for applications is November 27. Link

The Global Reporting Initiative is seeking an International Organizations Coordinator. The Amsterdam-based role will help to liaise with other organizations related to sustainability reporting. The deadline for applications is November 27.