RI People & Appointments, September 2: Norges, First Solar, European Investment Fund

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Norges Bank Investment Management, the arm of the Norwegian central bank which runs the giant Global Pension Fund, is seeking a Senior Analyst for its Active Ownership group. The team is part of the Equity Asset Strategies department, and is responsible for maximising the long-term value of NBIM’s equity investments through in-depth analysis of, advice on and engagement with our investee companies. The position is located in Oslo or London and travel will be required. The deadline for applications is September 11. NBIM has advertised a variety of job openings, including: Analyst – External Mandates (three positions); Analyst – Portfolio Risk and Analyst – Fund Overlay.

Joseph Kishkill has been named as Chief Commercial Officer of First Solar, the Nasdaq-listed solar photovoltaic technology firm. He will oversee global business development, sales and international public affairs “with a primary focus on sustainable growth in emerging markets”. He was most recently President, Eastern Hemisphere Operations, for Exterran Energy Solutions, a provider of natural gas, petroleum and water treatment production services. He is a former CEO, South America at Enron Corp. Link

The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), the CSR advisory and training firm, has appointed Jonathan Dutton as a non-executive director. He joined the firm on 1st September in a part-time capacity. Dutton was former head of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPSA), which he led for over eight years as the founding managing director in Australasia from 2004 until earlier this year.

Peter Collins, the former Treasurer of New South Wales, has been appointed as Chair of the Industry Super Network Board, the umbrella organisation for the Australian industry superannuation movement. John Brumby, former Premier and Treasurer of Victoria, has been appointed as Deputy Chair. Former Chair Steve Bracks is to take up a new post as Australian Consul General in New York.Graham Wrigley has been named as the new chairman of UK development investor CDC. He will take up the role in January 2014 and succeeds Richard Gillingwater who has been chairman since April 2010. Wrigley spent 17 years with private equity firm Permira and has served as Chairman of Aureos, a major investor in small and medium sized enterprises in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Announcement

Susan Wang, Julian Worley, and Zhizhong Qiu have resigned as independent directors of troubled China-based solar firm Suntech, according to reports. The company’s board now has six members, including new chairman Michael Nacson and Kurt Metzger, who joined last month.

Leading environmental lawyer Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin has died after a long illness. She was Head of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Environmental Law Centre (ELC) in Bonn until 1999. From then onwards she worked as Senior Counsel to the three consecutive directors of the ELC and was instrumental in drafting and elaborating a number of international conventions. In January this year the IUCN set up an environmental law fellowship in her name.

Ian Pugh has been named as Business Development Manager at Future Capital Partners, the £7bn project and venture capital house. He joins from Ingenious Media, where he was an investment director; he will report to Sales Director Piers Denne.

The European Investment Fund in Luxembourg is seeking an Investment Officer for its Venture Capital Division. The deadline for applications is September 11.