RI People & Appointments, Sept. 8: EIRIS’s sales and client services head departs

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Gary Kay has left his role as Head of Sales and Client Services at EIRIS, the ESG research house. The former Barclays and Aegon executive, who joined UK-based EIRIS in January 2013, says he’s “looking for a new challenge” on his LinkedIn entry. EIRIS said: “As a matter of policy we do not comment on departures of staff from EIRIS.”

Karina Litvack, the former head of the Governance & Sustainable Investment (GSI) Team at F&C Management, has joined the Corporate Risk Oversight Committee at the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). Litvack also recently became an Independent Non-Executive Director at Italian oil and gas company Eni.

Liz Airey has been named as non-executive Chairman at UK fund firm Jupiter Fund Management, taking over from Jamie Dundas who is stepping down due to ill health. Airey, former Chairman of the Unilever UK Pension Fund, joined the Jupiter board in 2010. Among her many roles, she is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Announcement

Christopher Hazelton has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of SustainCo, Toronto-based ‘sustainable infrastructure’ firm. SustainCo operates through two groups, CleanEnergy Developments and SustainCo Solutions & Services. Hazelton, who joined as Corporate Controller in 2013, replaces Jonathan Leong. Announcement

Wespath Investment Management, the fund manager of the United Methodist Church in the US, is recruiting a Sustainable Investment Specialist to support the alignment of its investments with The United Methodist Church’s values and integrate ESG into its investment selection and decisions. The position will involve collaborating on the selection and evaluation of external investment managers, gathering and sharing information regarding global ESG performance and evaluating, interpreting and reporting on global financial market issues.
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Roger Urwin has become a member of the 300 Club, the independent think-group of global investment professionals that believes that the most recent economic and investment trends will change the investing landscape over the next two decades. The club was formed to raise uncomfortable and fundamental questions about the foundations of the investment landscape. Urwin is Global Head of Investment Content at Towers Watson, board member on the CFA Institute Board of Governors and as an advisory director to MSCI.
Link to the 300 Club*Anne-Marie Corboy, CEO at A$28bn (€20bn) Australian super* fund and PRI signatory HESTA, is to step down from at the end of February next year, according to reports She will focus on developing a portfolio of non-executive directorships, the Insto Report cited the fund as saying. It added the board would start looking for a replacement.

Lindsay Mann and Jane Bell have been appointed as directors of UCA Funds Management, the Australian ethical fund manager that is a social enterprise backed by the Uniting Church in Australia. Mann is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute who retired as Regional Head, Asia, of First State Investments in 2010. Bell is a banking and finance lawyer with more than 22 years’ experience. Link

Denis Quilty has stepped down as a non-executive director of Ludgate Environmental Fund Ltd., the UK-listed environmental investment vehicle “to focus on other business interests”. Quilty, who joined the board in January this year, is a Vice President at State Street Jersey with expertise in investment funds. Quilty joined took over on the board from Matt Christensen, the Global Head of Responsible Investment at AXA Investment Managers. Announcement

Rusty O’Kelley has been named to lead the expanded Board Effectiveness Practice at recruitment firm Russell Reynolds Associates’ CEO and Board Advisory Services arm. Russell Reynolds has also published O’Kelley’s new white paper called ‘Insights from Conversations with U.S. Banking Regulators: Implications for Bank Directors’. It looks at the expectations for governance responsibilities and board engagement facing bank directors. Link

Bloomberg Intelligence is seeking an EU Regulatory Analyst. “We are looking for a candidate with financial regulatory and analysis experience, to join our Government, Legal and ESG Intelligence team,” the news and data giant says on its careers site. The person will identify, analyze and track regulatory developments including proposed and final rule makings and significant enforcement actions.

MSCI is hiring an EMEA Head of ESG Research who will be responsible for managing a team of ESG analysts in multiple cities in the EMEA region, currently London, Paris, Cape Town, and Frankfurt. The company says that alongside client-facing work the position will also be responsible for producing high profile research and overseeing and ensuring the quality of research produced by its EMEA analyst team.
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