RI People & Appointments, Oct. 12: MSCI ESG Research, North Carolina, IPCC, Ausbil IM

The latest ESG movers and shakers

MSCI ESG Research has added to its EMEA team with the hires of Marion de Marcillac, former Head of Client Services for Europe at EIRIS, and Cedric Lagrange Previously, who joins from UBS Asset Management where he was a corporate governance analyst. De Marcillac joins as Vice President, Product Manager for MSCI’s ESG Screening business and will be based in Paris. Lagrange joins as a Senior Associate in the sales team and will be based in London. MSCI has made a number of recent hires to its ESG EMEA team, predominantly based in London. They include Annika Manninen from FactSet Research Systems, Noora Viksten from GES and Antti Savilaakso, European head of ESG research, from Nordea.

The FT reports that chair of the Investment Association Helena Morrissey would like a woman to fill the vacant chief executive role after Daniel Godfrey left the organisation last week in the wake of members threatening to leave. Morrissey, founder of the 30% Club, said: “I have one or two women in mind who I will be approaching about the role. I will talk to them to gauge their interest.” She added that it would be unlikely a permanent replacement for Godfrey will be made this year. Guy Sears, the Investment Association’s director for risk, compliance and legal affairs, is currently interim chief executive. Link

Måns Carlsson-Sweeny has reportedly joined Ausbil Investment Management, the Australian equities specialist with around A$10bn in assets under management, as head of ESG research. The Sustainability Report said he joins from AMP Capital and he previously had stints as Carnegie Investment Bank, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and Accenture.

James Scriven has been named as the new General Manager of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the multilateral investment institution that’s part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. He has been Vice President of Corporate Risk and Sustainability at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) since 2014 and takes over from Carl Muñana. Announcement

Andrew Dyer has been appointed as the National Wind Farm Commissioner by the Australian government, in a bid to “respond to community concerns about wind farms”. A former Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Council, Dyer’s role will be to facilitate resolution of complaints from concerned community residents. There will also be an Independent Scientific Committee on Wind Turbines. Announcement

Michael O’Higgins, the former Chairman of the UK’s Pensions Regulator will chair the new £10bn partnership between the Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) and London Pensions Fund Authority. They will pool assets, jointly manage the liabilities of the two administering authorities and offer pension fund management as a fully-fledged pension service organization.Melissa Waller, Chief of Staff to North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, has been named by Cowell to chair a Corporate Governance Committee. Writing in the Department’s first corporate governance report, Cowell said the committee has developed a strategic plan for the next year that “prioritizes efforts to ensure long-term value for the Department’s investments”. Priorities include board diversity, and corporate transparency.

Hoesung Lee has been elected as the new chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). An economist, he specialises in climate change and is an advocate of carbon pricing. He is the founder of the Korea Energy Economics Institute, having previously been president of the International Association for Energy Economics. Lee succeeds Rajendra Pachauri, who resigned in February amid allegations of sexual harassment.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has named
Mary Anne Ashley the new Chief of its Legislative Affairs Division. She was previously Director of Government Relations for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Hans Dieter Pötsch, formerly Chief Financial Officer at Volkswagen AG (VW), has taken over as Chairman of the embattled German automaker, pledging to do his utmost to uncover the truth behind the diesel emissions scandal. He said he’s resolved to “win back the trust of customers, the public, investors and business partners”. VW’s board has commissioned the US-based law firm Jones Day to conduct a full investigation of the scandal. Pötsch replaces Berthold Huber, who had been interim Chairman following the ousting of VW patriarch Ferdinand Piëch last April.

David Shriver, Managing Partner of communications advisory firm Tulchan Group, has joined the Investor Relations Society, the UK trade body, as a non-executive director. He replaces Reg Hoare, who has stepped down after eight years’ service. Shriver will also become Chair of the IR Society’s Corporate Affairs Committee.

Stanford University is hiring a director to oversee its new Investment Responsibility Stakeholder Relations programme – which will report to the president’s office. The person, who is expected to be recruited shortly, will field requests for review of investment responsibility issues, coordinate with campus constituencies, support the advisory committee and serve as a liaison to the trustees. A website dedicated to the Ivy League university’s Investment Responsibility Stakeholder Relations (IRSR) and Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL), is currently under development. Link

Canada’s Shareholder Association for Research & Education is seeking a shareholder engagement analyst – environment. The role includes ESG research and strategy development. The organisation is also seeking a full time communications coordinator.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the progressive UK think tank, is seeking a new Director to succeed Nick Pearce. The closing date is October 30.