RI People & Appointments, Sept. 16: Glass Lewis, Aviva, SSGA, Amundi, European Commission

The latest ESG movers and shakers.

Ed Dixon has been named to the newly created role of Head of ESG, Real Assets at Aviva Investors. He will have oversight of ESG considerations for the firm’s £45bn (€50.6bn) real assets platform, which includes real estate, infrastructure and private debt products. He reports to Melanie Collett, Head of Asset Management, Real Estate.

Katherine Rabin is stepping down as CEO of proxy provider Glass Lewis after 12 years at the helm. She will continue to contribute to the company’s voting policies and guidelines as a member of the company’s Research Advisory Council. Kevin Cameron, a co-founder of Glass Lewis, will return to the company as Executive Chair and assume overall responsibility of the executive team. Seperately, Carrie Busch, another company veteran, has been appointed Chair.

Frans Timmerman, a Dutch social democrat, has been named to the next European Commission (EC) where he will oversee the European Green Deal, a signature policy of EC President-elect Ursula von der Leyen. In an appointment letter to Timmerman, Der Leyen listed the position’s key responsibilities which include coordinating the Just Transition Fund, increasing the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target to 55%, the protection of biodiversity and ensuring that tax policies support climate targets, such as the use of a Carbon Border Tax.

Caroline Le Meaux, has joined Amundi as head of ESG research, voting and engagement according to reports. She was formerly Head of Delegated Management at Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), which manages approximately $174bn of assets for French public institutions.

Carlo Funk has been named Head of EMEA ESG Investment Strategy at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). He was formerly in charge of passive ESG products and an EMEA sustainable investing sales specialist at BlackRock. According to a release, Funk sits on various industry working groups on sustainable finance and is a guest lecturer at the European Business School (EBS) on the same topic.

Jane Wilkinson, former Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE), has set up Ripple Effect Sàrl, a corporate ESG consultancy and provider of independent director services for asset managers. A former KPMG partner, she was among the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance and sat on the Green Bond sub-working group representing the LuxSE. Flavia Micilotta, who formerly headed Eurosif, has taken over both her role at LuxSE and on the TEG.Matt Moscardi, an ESG analyst at MSCI, has left the company to launch an ESG-themed podcast in addition to providing consulting and research services according to LinkedIn. The podcast will be produced by Free Float Media, a company he cofounded with Damion Rallis, also a former MSCI analyst. Moscardi, a former manager at Ceres, was the host of MSCI’s ESG research podcast ESG Now.

Amy Borrus has been named successor to the current Executive Director of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), a corporate governance association of US institutional asset owners with a combined $4trn of assets under management. Kevin Bertsch, the current Executive Director, is due to step down in August of next year.

Tony Morgan has been named as a Managing Director, Direct Equity at the CDC, the UK’s development finance arm. He will be responsible for a team of over 100 impact investment professionals in CDC’s Direct Equity division and report directly to CDC chief Nick O’Donohoe. He was most recently headed up the London business of investment management firm Onex, and has held leadership roles at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Alchemy Partners.

David Humphreys has been named as the first Head of Sustainable Investing at Telstra Super, a Melbourne-based superannuation fund with A$21bn ($14.1bn) under management. He was previously Head of Research and a Senior Analyst at JCP Investment Partners, a boutique manager which shuttered earlier this year.

Catherine Brown, Danny Gilbert AM and Sally McCutchan have been appointed to the Social Impact Investing (SII) Taskforce recently convened by the Australian government to develop a national strategy for impact investing. The Taskforce is due to deliver a final report by mid-2020, and an interim report toward the end of this year. In April, Michael Traill AM and Amanda Miller were announced as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Taskforce.

Rodrigo Robledo, formerly Head of Capital Markets at Spanish development bank Instituto Oficial de Crédito, has been appointed Director General of Finance and Treasury of Madrid’s regional Government. The appointment was published by The Madrid Gazette on September 3rd.