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RI People & Appointments, Sept. 19: ICGN names three new board members

RI’s regular Monday round-up of people news

Erik Breen, Head of Responsible Investing at Robeco, has been named to the Board of the International Corporate Governance Network. Carol Hansell of Canadian law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg and Nasser Saidi, Executive Director of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, have also been appointed. They take over from Rients Abma of Eumedion, David Beatty of the Rotman School of Management and Mark Preisinger, Director of Corporate Governance for Coca Cola Co.
Colette Neuville, founder of French shareholder advocacy group the Association de défense des actionnaires minoritaires (ADAM), has been awarded the ICGN’s Life-time Achievement Award. Harvard Professor Lucian Bebchuk and Stephen Davis, Executive Director of Yale School of Management’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, also won awards.
Walter Hirche, member of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and chairman of the German Commission for UNESCO, has joined the Advisory Board of German sustainability index Global Challenges Index. He replaces Caspar von Hauenschild who was a member of the Advisory Board since launch. Link
Miles Litvinoff, Co-ordinator of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, is leaving the ECCR after six years with the church-based investor coalition. “I plan to continue working for justice and sustainability, and hope that ECCR continues to thrive,” he says.
Joncarlo Mark, a former senior portfolio manager at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CapPERS) and former Chairman of the Institutional Limited Partners Association, has formed his own firm. Upwelling Capital Group aims to “assist institutional investors unlock value from legacy assets tied up in the $1.5trn global private equity market.

Raudline Etienne, Chief Investment Officer of the $147bn (€106.5) New York State Common Retirement Fund, is leaving to be succeeded on an interim basis by Marjorie Tsang. Etienne is taking a position as senior director at Albright Stonebridge Group, the firm set up by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Brian Bailey is to retire from his role as director of pensions at the £8.4bn (€9.6bn) UN Principles for Responsible Investment signatory West Midlands Pension Fund, according to reports.
German Green MEP Barbara Lochbihler has been elected chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee. She takes over from Finnish Green MEP Heidi Hautala, who resigned in June to become Finland’s minister for development. Link*Silvia Graemiger Theler* has been appointed Country Head for Switzerland and Austria at F&C Investments, the asset management firm. She joins from Falcon Private Bank where she worked as client director for Swiss institutional clients.
Marlon Sahetapy, Director at Hermes Focus Asset Management, has left the company after six years. It’s understood he will be joining a private equity firm specializing in emerging markets.

Henk Brouwer has been named as the new chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dutch pension giant Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP. Brouwer, a former director of De Nederlandsche Bank, replaces Ed Nijpels, who resigned last year amid a government probe into the collapse of DSB Bank.

Environmental think tank the World Resources Institute has named three new board members. They are: Daniel Cruise, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs at Alcoa; Jonathan Lash, the former WRI President; and Jaime Lerner, the former Governor of Parana State, Brazil.

Helen Boaden has stepped down as a member nominated director (trustee) of the £8.9bn (€10.2bn) BBC Pensions Trust, according to a filing at Companies House. Trustee Chairman Jeremy Peat is also stepping down from the UN Principles for Responsible Investment signatory fund later this year, according to a trustee report.

Sally Rubin has been named director of Charitable Gift Services at BNY Mellon’s wealth management business. Rubin joins from Boston-based institutional investment management Frontier Capital Management and will report to division head George Rio.

Gavin Merchant has joined the £30bn (€35bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme as senior investment manager, according to the Financial Times. He was formerly with UK public-private partnership/private finance initiative (PPP/PFI) infrastructure investment firm Equity, it added.

GMI, the US environmental, social and governance firm formed from the Corporate Library, GovernanceMetrics International, and Audit Integrity, has advertised a number of job vacancies. They include: Marketing Manager – Investor Services; Marketing Manager – Corporate Services and Senior Sales Executive. “GMI also has openings in its New York office for additional Corporate Governance Analysts with global experience, and experienced Sales Associates,” it says.