RI People & Appointments, Oct. 21: Triodos IM names commercial director

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Hadewych Kuiper has been appointed as Commercial Director at Triodos Investment Management, the sustainable funds group with €2.4bn under management. She was most recently Head of International Marketing at parent Triodos Bank.

Reima Rytsölä has been appointed Chief Investment Officer at Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, the Finnish investment giant with €36bn of assets that is a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment. He joins from Pohjola Bank where he is Senior Executive Vice President with responsibility for major corporate and institutional customers. His “excellent insight into Finnish companies” would support Varma as an investor in Finland, the company said. Announcement

Alex Macdonald has been named as the new Chief Investment Officer at OPTrust, Canada’s C$14.7bn (€10.4bn) OPSEU Pension Trust. He joins the Ontario-based organization on November 4 and succeeds Morgan Eastman, who is retiring at year-end. Macdonald was most recently Executive Vice President, Canadian Investments and Global Investment Strategy at Manulife. OPTrust has a responsible investment program in place and become a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment in 2010.

Sarah Thomson has left her post as Associate Director at Canada’s Social Investment Organization, after five years with the SIO. She says she will stay connected with the responsible investment industry and is reachable via email or LinkedIn.

Dominique Lamiot has succeeded Jean-François Rocchi as board chair of France’s €16bn public pension fund ERAFP, the 100% SRI fund. Lamiot was most recently general secretary of the French Ministry of Finance and Economy.

Janet Morgan, the former president of corporate sustainability site CSRwire, has been named as president and CEO of the Restore the Earth Foundation, the US-based not-for-profit group focused on restoring forest ecosystems.Jose Maria Clemente Sarte Salceda of the Philippines and Germany’s Manfred Konukiewitz have been elected as the new Co‐Chairs of the Green Climate Fund Board for a one-year term. They take over from South Africa’s Zaheer Fakir and Australia’s Ewen McDonald. The appointments come as inaugural Executive Director Héla Cheikhrouhou has started at the body which seeks to mobilize finance to drive low‐ carbon and climate‐resilient transformation in developing countries.

David Denison, who retired as President and CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) last year, has been named to an expert group to analyse active management in Norway’s Government Pension Fund. The other members of the panel are Professor Andrew Ang (Columbia Business School) and Professor Michael Brandt (Duke University). The group’s report will be presented as part of the fund’s annual report in the spring of 2014.

ESG Communications, the London-based responsible investment communications consultancy founded by Elliot Frankal, the former Head of Communications at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), is looking for an account manager. Link

The European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) is recruiting a Team Leader Corporate Reporting. The position is based within the Investment and Reporting Division of ESMA, which provides support and expertise in the areas of Asset Management, Investor Protection and Financial Innovation, and Corporate Reporting and Transparency.

Skagen, the Stavanger, Norway-based asset manager with around management companies with around €14.5bn under management, is looking to expand its portfolio management team to include one Senior and one Junior Portfolio Manager, according to a job ad.