RI People & Appointments, October 3: Vigeo names UK business development head

RI’s regular Monday morning round-up of people news

Lindsay Smart will spearhead French environmental, social and governance (ESG) research firm Vigeo’s push into the UK market. She has been named UK Business Development Manager and will be based at a new office in London. She was previously Head of Executive Communications and Sustainability Initiatives Manager at Citi Global Transaction Services.

David Gait, Senior Portfolio Manager at Colonial First State Global Asset Management, was named best portfolio manager at the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) awards in Hong Kong last week. Somak Ghosh, Group President – Development & Sustainable Banking at YES BANK, was named most progressive banker while Weiyee In of BNP Paribas was named best company analyst. The most progressive corporate leader was Assaad Razzouk, CEO of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources. The National Pension Service of Korea was most progressive asset owner. Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor of Responsible Investor, was named best sustainable business or finance writer.

John Coomber is to take over as chairman of ClimateWise, the insurance industry’s climate change reduction group. Coomber, a member of the board at reinsurance giant Swiss Re, takes over from Andrew Torrance, CEO of Allianz Insurance, who has completed his three-year term.

Stephen Erlichman, senior partner at Toronto-based law firm Fasken Martineau, has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. He takes over from Stephen Griggs, who was appointed CEO of the OPSEU Pension Trust in April.

Shaun Mays has stepped down as chief executive of Climate Change Capital, the environmental investment manager and advisory group whose shareholders include Alliance Trust, Mitsui & Co., SNS Reaal and the Universities Superannuation Scheme. He will be replaced in the interim by CFO Mark Macleod. Mays’ place on the board will be taken by Ian Temperton, the head of advisory. Announcement

Professor Mervyn King, the incoming Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Committee and Chairman of the Global Reporting Initiative, is to be awarded the World Federation of Exchanges’ Award for Excellence. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the WFE Annual Meeting at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on October 13. Link*Miriam Eaves has joined Mission Markets*, the US sustainability exchange operator, as Managing Director, New Markets. She was previously Senior Vice President of Business Development & Marketing at CRD Analytics, the sustainability ratings provider.

Adam Kirk has been appointed General Manager, Business Development, at ethical fund firm Australian Ethical. Paul Smith becomes General Manager, Strategy & Communications. Link
Kara Novaco Brockmeyer has been named Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Brockmeyer, who takes over from Cheryl Scarboro, was previously an Assistant Director in the SEC Enforcement Division supervising a number of complex investigations involving FCPA violations. Announcement

Craig Heron, a former fund manager at asset management firm Henderson, is set to join Railpen Investments, according to a report in Citywire. Heron left Henderson earlier this year in a fund shake-up.

Byun Chang-Yull has been named chairman of the KRW10trn (€6.3bn) Korea Teachers Pension Fund, reports Asian Investor. He takes over from Joo Sung Do at the fund, which is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.

Derek Cole has been elected chairman of the National Investor Relations Institute, the US trade body, for 2012. Cole, vice president of investor relations and corporate communications at NASDAQ-listed ARCA Biopharma, takes over from Douglas Wilburne of Textron. Cole already chairs NIRI’s Working Group on Financial Disclosure. Announcement

Le Groupe Investissement Responsable (GIR), the Canadian extra-financial advisory firm, has advertised a vacancy for a social issues analyst (Analyste spécialiste des enjeux sociaux). Link
E3G, the sustainable development think tank, has advertised a role for an Energy and Climate Change Senior Policy Advisor (Berlin). There’s also a vacancy for a paid internship vacancy to help it research the “macroeconomic case around greater public investment in energy efficiency”.

Sustainability consulting firm Corporate Citizenship has two paid internship vacancies. Both positions are for four months and start in November.