RI People & Appointments, November 14: Eaton Vance portfolio managers named to Calvert funds

The latest ESG movers and shakers

A number of Eaton Vance staff are joining the portfolio management teams of Calvert Investments as the New York-listed fund manager acquires the SRI firm, according to filings with the SEC. They include:

Michael Weilheimer and Raphael Leeman (Calvert High Yield Bond Fund, alongside Calvert’s Vishal Khanduja).

Aidan Farrell (Calvert International Opportunities Fund, alongside Christopher Madden and Jade Huang).

Christopher Dyer and Ian Kirwan (Calvert International Equity Fund, alongside Madden/Huang).

Charles Gaffney (Calvert Capital Accumulation Fund, alongside Madden/Huang)

Michael McLean and J. Griffith Noble (Calvert Small Cap Fund, alongside Madden/Huang)

Daniel Strelow and Justin Bourgette (Calvert Conservative Allocation Fund, alongside Khanduja).

Diederik Basch, formerly of RobecoSAM in Zurich, has joined US SRI firm Pax World as Senior Analyst for its Small Cap and Mid Cap funds. Pax World CIO Steve Falci said: “Diederik is a great fit for Pax as he brings a combination of experience in ESG investing and fundamental research on small- to mid-companies.” Basch will join Portfolio Manager Nathan Moser and Senior Analyst Charles Page on the team.

Todd Stern, the former US special envoy on climate change and the country’s chief negotiator for the Paris Agreement, has joined the board of trustees of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the US not-for-profit group that campaigns for a low carbon future. Link

Andrew Howard has been named as the new Chief Investment Officer at VicSuper, the Australian super fund with almost A$17bn (€11.9bn) in assets and a strong ESG integration process. He replaces Oscar Fabian who retired in August this year. Howard has over 20 years’ experience in the investments industry, having recently served in Chief Investment Officer positions at Pacific Current Group (formerly Treasury Group) and Mercer, Asia Pacific since 2011. Announcement

Christian Carlsson has been appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Sustainability at Gunnebo Group. He will replace Magnus Lundbäck, who has decided to leave the Swedish security products firm.

Jennifer Blanke has been named as Vice-President Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank. She is currently the Chief Economist and member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum. Announcement*Aine Kelly, an independent consultant* specialising in impact investing, has joined Impax Environmental Markets, the sustainability-focused investment trust, as a non-executive director. She is a retained consultant to Big Society Capital, having been Head of Financial Sector and Investor Engagement from January 2013 until August 2016. A former investment banker (and qualified yoga teacher), Kelly was a board member of the Triodos New Horizon Ltd Social Impact Bond and chaired the Investment Contract Readiness Fund on behalf of Big Society Capital. She is also a Board member of ClearlySo and a member of QBE’s Classification of Social Investments (COSI) Committee.

Miguel Santisteve, the former Associate Director at NASDAQ OMX with a focus on sustainable investing, has founded a new firm called Leaders Arena in the UK. The new venture is a “purpose-driven corporate advisory services firm” providing ESG tactical support to Investor Relations, Corporate Responsibility and Communications leaders to achieve a meaningful dialogue with responsible investors. The new firm’s advisors include Raj Thamotheram, CEO of the think tank Preventable Surprises, Victoria Velasquez of Spanish energy group Repsol, Mayur Patel of Thomson Reuters and Nelson Sam, President & COO at Ark Workplace Risk.

Dutch pension investor PGGM has appointed Erik van de Brake as head of infrastructure. He takes over from Frank Roeters van Lennep, who was appointed as private markets CIO in September following the departure of Ruulke Bagijn. Van de Brake has been at PGGM since 2014, when he joined as a senior investment manager, having spent most of his career at Rabobank.

Matthew Giles and Rob Carlow have both been promoted to Director at Gresham House Forestry Ltd., the forestry asset management division of AIM-listed specialist fund firm Gresham House.

CDP is advertising for a Research Analyst, Investor Research – London. The environmental data body has a number of other vacancies. They include: Technical Officer (focus on forests) – London; and Communications Officer – Berlin. Link

A Chief Executive Officer is being sought for Transparency International, the anti-corruption group, in Australia. The organisation is seeking a “highly skilled, energetic and individual” and applications close on November 28.