RI People & Appointments, Sept. 10: Ex-Deminor manager takes French regulatory role

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Natasha Cazenave, former Senior Manager at Deminor, the Benelux shareholder services and corporate governance specialist, has been named to the post of Director of the Asset Management Regulation Policy Division at the French securities regulator, l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). Cazenave spent eight years at Deminor latterly working on its Active Governance Fund before moving to the AMF in 2010 and becoming Deputy Head of the Asset Management Regulation Policy Division in November 2011.

Donna Dabney has joined US-based not-for-profit business group The Conference Board as Executive Director of its Governance Center. She joins from industrial group Alcoa, where she was Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Corporate Governance Counsel. Link

Damon Buffini, the former chairman of private equity firm Permira, has joined the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, the global charitable foundation with assets £13.6bn (€17bn). Buffini is also a co-founder of Social Business Trust, the social enterprise incubator that was launched in December 2010.
Meanwhile, the Social Business Trust has advertised a vacancy for an “experienced financial professional” to launch a new debt-based social investment fund. Link

Karl Swartling has been named as chief executive of Swedish state fund Sjätte AP-fonden (AP6). He takes over from Marianne Dicander Alexandersson who left in March. Before joining private equity-focused AP6 in January, Swartling spent eight years at Investor Growth Capital. Link*John Ditchfield, Managing Partner* of independent financial advisers Barchester Green Investment, has been elected as a new member of the board at UKSIF, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association. Salisbury-based Barchester donates 5% of its annual profits to charities and social enterprises. David Harris, Head of Responsible Investment at FTSE Group, and Amanda Young, SRI Officer at Newton Investment Management, were both re-elected for a second three-year term.

Rob Lake, Director of Responsible Investment at the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, has become a trustee of the Friends Provident Foundation. The £24m foundation is a grant-making charity established as part of the demutualisation of Friends’ Provident Life Office in 2001 and the flotation of Friends Provident.

Helen Forrest has been appointed as Head of Policy and Advocacy at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), the UK trade body. She joins from the government’s Department for Work and Pensions, where she heads the Pensions Stakeholder Team.

ECPAT International, the global network of organisations combatting child prostitution and trafficking, is seeking an Acting Executive Director. The role is designed to provide interim leadership of the ECPAT International Secretariat while the ECPAT International Board of Trustees carries out a permanent executive director recruitment and appointment process. The closing date for the Bangkok-based role is September 19.