RI People & Appointments, Nov. 5: RIAA’s interim general manager steps down (Update)

The latest ESG movers and shakers

(Updates to add PGGM appointment)

Sarah Clawson has decided to step down from her role as interim general manager at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). Clawson took the role after long-term Executive Director Louise O’Halloran announced her departure earlier this year. Clawson, who joined RIAA in 2010 as marketing and membership manager after seven years with the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), will become Manager of Investor Relations at Sydney-based forestry fund manager New Forests.

Else Bos has been named as the acting chief executive of €128bn Dutch pension service provider PGGM, following the appointment of current CEO Martin van Rijn as the Netherlands’ State Secretary of Health, Welfare and Sport. Bos, 52, joined PGGM as Chief Operations Officer Investments in 2002 and has been deputy CEO since 2010. Bos sits on the Advisory Council of the Principles for Responsible Investment.

Christophe Hans has been appointed Communication manager of Ethos Foundation, the Swiss corporate governance body that is owned by pension funds. He will also act as Secretary General of the new Ethos Académie Association, the nonprofit organisation open to all persons interested in Ethos’ activities. Hans was formerly Head of Public Affairs at the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs.

The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has re-advertised a vacancy for a Head of Research and Public Policy, first advertised in May this year. The PRI is also seeking a Brazil-based South America Network Manager.

Phaunos Timber Fund Ltd., the Guernsey*-domiciled timber investment company, has named two non-executive directors: Richard Hills and William Vanderfelt. Hills is a veteran of fund firms Henderson and Aberdeen Asset Management who recently joined the board of private equity firm Cinven. Vanderfelt is a former Managing Partner of the Petercam Group.*Patrick Minne has been named as the new Northern Ireland Manager at the Charity Bank. He was formerly chief executive at social welfare organisation A2B Access to Benefits. The bank is the only regulated bank in the UK set up to invest depositors’ money in loans to charities and social enterprises.

Annette Skjoldager has been named as customer ‘ambassador’ at Danish labour market pension giant ATP. Link (Danish)

Erich Gerth, Chief Executive Asia Pacific & Global Business Development at Aviva Investors, is to join London-based BlueBay Asset Management as partner and global head of business development. Gerth, who joined Aviva in 2009 from Janus International, replaces BlueBay’s global sales head Alberto Francioni, who died in June in a road accident.

Entertainment giant the Walt Disney Company has advertised a vacancy for Senior Analyst, Corporate Citizenship on its International Labor Standards (ILS) Program. “The ILS Program helps foster safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces wherever Disney-branded products are produced,” the company says. The role reports to the Manager, Corporate Citizenship and is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of evaluating Disney and licensee-directed monitoring activities. Disney careers site

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the European Union regulator, is recruiting a Team Leader Investment Management. The successful candidate will be responsible for the daily supervision of all activities related to ESMA’s responsibilities in the area of Investment Management. The role is based in Paris and calls for a minimum of 10 years experience in the area of asset management regulation. The closing date for applications is November 22.