RI People & Appointments, Nov. 23: responsAbility, Cbus, Vigeo, NZ Super, Hermes, PensionsEurope

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Klaus Tischhauser, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Swiss microfinance fund specialist responsAbility, has decided to resign as CEO at the end of 2015 after 12 years in the role to fulfill a childhood desire to sail around the world. Tischhauser will remain part of responsAbility’s management board until mid-2016 to ensure an orderly transition. His replacement is Rochus Mommartz, a management executive who has worked at the Zurich-based firm since its start in 2003.

Cbus, the Australian superannuation fund managing assets of A$31bn (€20.9bn), has appointed Nicole Bradford as its new Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Manager, replacing Louise Davidson, who became Chief Executive of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) earlier this year. Bradford, who previously worked with GE Capital as Asia-Pacific Environmental and Social Risk Leader, is also currently an active contributor to the World Resources Institute Portfolio Carbon Initiative, a scheme leader for the International Society of Sustainable Professionals and mentor for Executive Women Australia. Link

Janwillem Bouma, Managing Director of the Shell Pension Funds, has been elected as Chair of PensionsEurope, the professional body that represents European pension funds, managing assets in the region of €3.5trn. Bouma, who is also a member of the Board of the Federation of the Dutch Pension Funds, Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), succeeds Joanne Segars, Chief Executive of the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (the former national Association of Pension Funds).
ESSSuper, one of Australia’s largest superfunds with A$24bn in assets, has named Sarah Barker to its Board. She’s Special Counsel at law firm Minter Ellison and has been recognized for her work on sustainability and governance.Will Pomroy, formerly Policy Lead: Corporate Governance & Stewardship at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (previously the NAPF), has joined Hermes Investment Management, the wholly owned BT Pension Scheme asset manager, as Manager – Responsible Investment. The UK pension association has hired Luke Hildyard, who was Deputy Director of the High Pay Centre, to fill the position left by Pomroy’s departure. Pomroy, who also spent two years as a part of Aviva’s public policy team, where he led on corporate governance and sustainability, will report to Leon Kamhi, Head of Responsibility, in his new role.

Vigeo, the ESG research firm based in France, has named Mabel Gonzalez, an economist with more than 10 years experience, as Head of the newly opened Canada office, based in Montreal. Prior to this appointment, Gonzalez worked as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Financial Literacy (FL) at Colombia-based NGO Asobancaria.

Adrian Orr, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, has been named as a member of the country’s Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business’s new Superdiversity Leadership Council, which will advocate and promote the transition to a “superdiverse” society. Link

Nancy Birdsall, President and founding member of the Centre for Global Development (CGD), the Washington-based think tank, will step down once a successor has been named. The CGD’s Chair, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, will lead a search committee.

The Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), the investor private equity body, has named Tanya Carmichael, Director of Global Funds, Private Capital at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, as Chair of its Board of Directors.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global environmental organisation, is inviting proposals from members for the positions of President, Treasurer and Chairs of IUCN’s Commissions. The deadline for the submission of nominations is February 12 2016.