This Week’s People Moves: Northern Trust Creates Sustainable Investing and Stewardship Role

ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of new hires in the sustainable investing sector, including IGCC, Banque Hottinguer, 2DII and Blackstone.

Northern Trust Asset Management has appointed Julie Moret Global Head of Sustainable Investing and Stewardship. In this newly created London-based role, Moret will oversee the firm’s sustainable investing and global engagement policies, foster research and product development agendas, advance portfolio integration across asset classes and contribute NTAM’s perspectives to external industry associations. Moret was previously Global Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton. “Northern Trust has long been a respected and trusted leader in sustainability,” said Moret. “I’ve always admired their depth, the intentionality of their approach in both sustainable investing and stewardship. There’s an authenticity to it and I’m proud to join such a purposeful organisation.”

The Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney-based Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC), Emma Herd, is stepping down after six years in the role marked by a rapid acceleration in climate action from Australasian institutional investors. She has been at the investor group since 2015, following 15 years in sustainable finance in the banking sector. “Emma has overseen a massive growth in the size and activities of IGCC, while also supporting the establishment of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, which now represents investors with over $US15 trillion in combined assets under management,” said IGCC Chair, Stephen Dunne.

Lise Moret has been appointed Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing at Banque Hottinguer. She will be tasked with accelerating and leading the integration of ESG factors across the family-owned private bank’s asset and wealth management activities. Moret joins the bank from AXA Investment Managers, where she served as Head of ESG Solutions and subsequently as Head of Climate Strategy and Stewardship. She was also one of the founding participants of AXA’s responsible investment governance. She is a member of the Commission Climat et Finance Durable at the AMF, the French Financial Market Authority, and of the French Sustainable Investment Forum Research Commission.

Thibaut Ghirardi, has been appointed Managing Director of the French office of the 20 Investing Initiative (2DII). Ghirardi joined the independent think tank two years ago as Senior Manager of the Finance ClimAct, a project that aims to align French and European action plans on sustainable finance. He began his career as an ESG Analyst at Astorg, the private equity management company, before joining PwC France. Of his appointment Ghirardi said, “The 2DII teams have been doing an exceptional job for almost ten years. We will all work together to continue to strengthen our expertise and increase the reputation of the organisation, with the aim of maximising the impact of our actions on the financial markets and with public authorities.”

Investment management company Blackstone has expanded its ESG team with five newly created positions in the US, Europe and Asia. Elizabeth Lewis is the new Managing Director of ESG (Corporate) and will handle implementation of ESG policies across Blackstone’s businesses. She was previously at the International Finance Corporation, where she led engagement on ESG. James Mandel joins the company as Managing Director of Sustainability (Portfolio Operations) and will focus on the firm’s carbon emissions reduction programme. He is the former Managing Director of Global Carbon-Free Buildings Program for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Nina James is appointed Head of Real Estate ESG Asia. She is a member of the Australian UNPRI Advisory Committee. Caroline Hill has been appointed to the same role in Europe. She was previously Head of Responsible Business for Lloyds Banking Group. Rita Mangalick is appointed Global Head of ESG for Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) and Blackstone Credit, where she will partner with both groups to lead ESG diligence, policy development, reporting and engagement. Before joining Blackstone in 2013, she was a Director at UBS Asset Management.

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