RI People & Appointments, Dec. 1: Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Social & Environmental Finance MD Hale leaves

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Matthew Hale has left his role as Managing Director, Social and Environmental Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Hale had been in the role for almost eight years focusing on sustainability themes across BAML’s business. Hale is understood to be considering opportunities in the sustainable finance field, notably in catalyzing social and environmental finance in the UK and internationally. Prior to the sustainability job at BAML, Hale was a Managing Director, European Treasurer at Merrill Lynch where he oversaw funding, liquidity and balance sheet issues at the bank.

Rachel Crossley has been named as the newest European Liaison for the Global Impact Investment Network (GIIN), the not-for-profit group which promotes impact investment. Crossley, a former Director of Responsible Investment at Insight Investment, is based in London and will work with the impact investment community in the UK and joins GIIN Liaisons Harry Hummels and Ingo Weber, in Amsterdam and Zurich. In 2010, Crossley formed her own consulting business, concentrating on the sustainable and responsible investment sector. She is currently a member of the Investment Committee of the Oxfam Enterprise Development Programme. The GIIN is also expanding its liaison program to include liaisons in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in 2015.

A Chair of Trustees is being sought by ShareAction, the UK NGO “scrutinising and challenging” the investment sector. It says: “A vacancy for the position of Chair of Trustees will arise when the outgoing Chair steps down in May 2015. We are now looking for a Chair whose key responsibilities will be to provide leadership to the board of trustees, support to the Chief Executive and the staff team, and to represent the organisation at all levels during the next stage of ShareAction’s development.” It added that it is now “expanding its activities across Europe and further afield”. The position is unremunerated and will require a commitment of 3-4 days per month. Link

Maria Tinelli, the former head of global networks at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has become a member of the Responsible Investment Advisory Council at GovernArt, a sustainable think tank based in Santiago, Chile. Tinelli had been with the PRI for almost two and a half years leading a team across four continents supporting the PRI’s global network of investors to implement responsible investment. Prior to joining the PRI, Tinelli had been a programme performance advisor at Christian Aid.

Henry Sténson has been appointed head of the newly established Corporate Communication & Sustainability Affairs team at Swedish truckmaker Volvo. He has had senior management roles at Ericsson and SAS and was formerly with the Volvo Group. Announcement*Pascal Canfin, a former French Deputy Minister* for Development, will chair the Expert Committee of Euronext’s Low Carbon 100 Europe Index, which was launched in 2008 to measure the performance of Europe’s 100 largest blue chips with the lowest CO2 emissions in their respective sectors or sub-sectors. Canfin is the lead advisor on international climate issues at the World Resources Institute (WRI), now contributing to preparations for COP 21, the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change 2015.

Peter Montagnon, Associate Director of the Institute of Business Ethics and a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Board of Norges Bank Investment Management, has joined the board of investor relations consultancy Richard Davies Investor Relations (RD:IR). Montagnon, who is also on the board at Dubai’s Hawkamah Institute, was formerly with the Financial Reporting Council and the Association of British Insurers. He is a past chair of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), a past member of the European Corporate Governance Forum, and currently also serves on the Council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Ben Gunnee has been named as UK Head of Fiduciary Management at consulting firm Mercer. He will start his new role in January 2015 and will be responsible for maintaining existing client relationships and for continuing to grow Mercer’s fiduciary management business in the UK. He has been with the firm for 12 years and will report into Michael Dempsey, European Head of Fiduciary Management. Mercer currently has 228 clients with £24.3bn (€30.6bn) assets under management across the European market.

Oliver Leyland is joining Hermes Investment Management, the asset manager owned by the BT Pension Scheme, as Head of Latin America and Senior Analyst. He joins from Mirae Asset Global Investments, where he was a Senior Equity Analyst based in New York covering Latin America. He will report to Gary Greenberg, Head of Hermes Emerging Markets and Lead Portfolio Manager.

Harvard’s Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society, which promotes the development of the theory and practice of responsible investment, is hiring a full-time staff assistant to provide support to the initiative. The role is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) has advertised for a part-time Communications Coordinator, reporting to its Executive Director. The position is in SHARE’s Vancouver office (though the deadline was November 27).