RI People & Appointments, Sept. 15: Sustainalytics hires ex-GMI and ISS marketer Gustitus

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Cheryl Gustitus has been named head of global marketing at environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis firm Sustainalytics, where she will also lead strategic initiatives. Gustitus was previously Chief Marketing Officer at governance research house GMI Ratings; before that she spent almost 10 years leading global marketing and communications for proxy firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). The appointment follows Sustainalytics’ decision to bolster its governance offering, highlighted by the appointment of former MSCI and ISS research executive Gary Hewitt.

Carolyn Boykin has been named as the United Nations Secretary-General’s representative for the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), a new position established by the General Assembly in March 2014. She will assist the Secretary-General in carrying out the fiduciary responsibilities for the investment of the assets of the Fund. Boykin will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Pension Board and will be responsible for the overall investment policy, and oversight and management of the investments of the Fund. She is currently President of Bolton Partners Investment Consulting in Maryland and is a former Chief Investment Officer for the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. Link

Sir Adrian Montague has been named as the new non-executive chairman of insurance and asset management giant Aviva. He will take over from John McFarlane at the Aviva AGM in April 2015. It follows the announcement that McFarlane will succeed Sir David Walker as chairman of Barclays. Montague, who joined the Aviva board in January 2013, is currently non-executive chairman of 3i Group plc, non-executive chairman of Anglian Water Group Ltd, non-executive director of Skanska AB of Stockholm and CellMark Investments AB of Gothenburg. Announcement*Gustaf Hagerud has been named as a partner of Kestrel* Investment Partners, the £350m (€439m) London-based quoted smaller companies investment specialist. He is currently head of investments and deputy CEO at Tredje AP-fonden (AP3), one of the government of Sweden pension funds. Prior to this he was head of tactical asset allocation at AP1 and Global Strategist at Alecta, Sweden’s largest pension fund provider. Announcement

Claire Veuthey is now an ESG Analyst at Nelson Capital, the US-based investment advisor which offers SRI investments that is owned by Wells Fargo bank. Veuthey is a former Senior Responsible Investment Adviser at Sustainalytics.

Bridges Ventures, London-based sustainable and impact investment fund manager, has appointed James Hurrell as an investment manager in its sustainable growth funds team. Hurrell joins from ISIS Equity Partners where he was an associate director.

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), the UK trade body, has appointed John Dembitz as a non-executive director to the NAPF Board. He is chairman of Incredibull, EAC Management, and Saviour Box. He is also Senior Independent Director of Park Group Plc and Non-Executive Director of Lee Baron Group and WinmarkGlobal.

UK grantmaker, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation is hiring a social investment manager. The role will include assessing and recommending on social investment proposals, monitor and report and current social investments and supporter the broader development of the Foundation’s social investment work. The closing date to apply is October 10.