Emma Hunt has left investment consultant Towers Watson to join Hermes Equity Ownership Services in a senior role.
She will be Director of Strategic Client Management and Development, reporting to Hermes EOS’s Chief Executive Colin Melvin.
Hunt had been co-head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment at Towers Watson along with her colleague Jane Goodland. Goodland left in June to join Old Mutual Wealth, one of the largest wealth management businesses in the UK, as head of responsible business.
Hermes EOS, the engagement arm of the BT Pension Fund-owned asset manager Hermes Investment Management, has over £124.3bn (€174bn) under advice through its ESG and stewardship services.
Hunt is one of the most well-known responsible investment figures in the consulting community, having joined from rivals Mercer in 2010. At Mercer Investment Consulting she headed the Responsible Investment and Active Ownership area in Europe.A Towers Watson spokesperson confirmed Hunt’s departure and said the firm doesn’t have an ESG team as such as it is “integrated into everything we do rather than run solely by a separate team”.
“Jane and Emma joined us as experts in this field with this specific integration goal in mind. With their help and vision, sustainability has become a critical component of our whole investment process and we are very grateful for their significant contribution in this regard.” He went on to say that the area is overseen by Global CIO Craig Baker.
Hermes EOS claims it has direct interactions with senior executives at over 400 companies per year and votes on over 10,500 company meetings per year. In June it bolstered its team with two senior appointments. Christine Chow Knowles was named Associate Director – Engagement, joining from Hong Kong-based Homage Consulting. Jaime Gornsztejn was also appointed as Associate Director – Engagement, moving from the Brazilian National Economic Development Bank (BNDES).