RI People & Appointments, Sept. 23: Trillium’s Lamb joins ESG start-up Arjuna Capital

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Natasha Lamb, Vice President of Shareholder Advocacy and Corporate Engagement at Trillium Asset Management, has joined Arjuna Capital, the new sustainable wealth management platform of Baldwin Brothers that was launched earlier this year by former Trillium executives Adam Seitchik and Farnum Brown. Lamb, who is a member of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s (UNEP FI) Climate Change Working Group, will be Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement at the firm.

Bernd Franken is stepping down as chief investment officer at German ecumenical pension fund KVZK at the end of this year. Franken joined the KVZK as its new CIO in March 2008 from the bishopric of Trier, where he was finance director for eight years. With an estimated €12bn in assets, the KVZK in Cologne is one of Germany’s biggest pension funds.

Cedrus Asset Management, the Paris-based sustainable multi-manager, has hired Emmanuelle Hsu as a Commercial Development Head. Hsu formerly looked after French and international business development at Global Financial Services (GFS) and spent several years prior as a Senior Sales Manager with Threadneedle Asset Management.

Allianz Global Investors has hired Thomas Engelmann as a director and portfolio manager for its renewable energy/infrastructure investment team that was created at the start of the year. Engelmann joins from KGAL, an investment boutique, where he had a similar role. The nine-member team is led by Armin Sandhövel, who is also chief executive of Allianz Climate Solutions.

Anne Wittman is the new Director of Law & Policy at Canada’s SHARE (Shareholder Association for Research and Education). Kevin Thomas joins as a Senior Research Analyst on social issues while Darlene Himick, who teaches at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, is the body’s new Senior Research Fellow and will conduct research and assist in advising clients on RI issues.Michael Lohmeier has been named as a new managing director of Wespath’s investment management team. He will assume responsibility for managing the day-to-day activities of the Equity, Fixed Income, and Positive Social Purpose Lending teams at the firm, the investment arm of the $19bn General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church. He will report directly to Chief Investment Officer Dave Zellner.

Angus Bogle, the former co-head of equities at Fidelity Worldwide Investment, has been named as Director of Investor Engagement at the Financial Reporting Council, the UK watchdog. He will report to the Executive Director, Strategy, Mridul Hegde. Marian Williams is named as the FRC’s new Codes & Standards Director; she joins from PwC where she was a Director in its Financial Services Assurance Practice.

Normand Desautels has been named Senior Executive Vice-President of the Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets over C$200bn (€143.7bn). He takes over from Marc Laplante, who is retiring in March next year after 28 years with the organisation. Link

Sir David Rowlands has been appointed as the first independent chair of Water UK, the water industry trade body. He takes over from Peter Simpson, Managing Director of Anglian Water. Rowlands, former Permanent Secretary for the Department for Transport, is currently chairman of Angel Trains Ltd. and Semperian PPP Investment Partners. He has previously chaired Gatwick Airport Ltd and High Speed Two (HS2). Link

Justine Leigh-Bell has become program coordinator at the Climate Bonds Standard at the Climate Bonds Initiative. Padraig Oliver, who previously managed this area along with other projects, has changed role to work on special projects.

Tim Erblich, the former President of NYSE Governance Services, has joined US-based corporate ethics organisation Ethisphere Institute as chief executive. Chris Dragon becomes president and Tia Smallwood is named Chief Marketing Officer.