ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of new hires in the sustainable investing sector.
Maria Björklund has been named Head of Alternative Investments at AP3, one of five funds that manage capital on behalf of the Swedish state pension system. She joined AP3 in 2018 as a portfolio manager for international real estate and infrastructure. Previously, Björklund worked at AMF Insurance, primarily with infrastructure investments.
Moody’s has appointed Sabine Lochmann as Global Head of Moody’s ESG Measures, additional to her current role as president at Vigeo Eiris, an ESG rating and research agency. The appointment reflects steps after the acquisition of Vigeo Eiris by Moody’s in 2019, a spokesperson at Moody’s told ESG Investor. In this newly established role, Lochmann will lead the ESG measures business within the firm’s ESG Solutions Group to serve the growing global demand for ESG and climate analytics. She will report to Andrea Blackman, Global Head of Moody’s ESG Solutions.
Responsible investment manager Calvert Research and Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance, announced Preeti Bhattacharji, Vice President, Corporate Engagement Strategist, William Hsu, Corporate Governance and Proxy Voting Specialist, and Julia Marsh, Corporate Engagement Associate, have joined the firm’s corporate engagement team, reporting to John Wilson, Vice President and Director of Corporate Engagement. Bhattacharji is responsible for strengthening Calvert’s corporate engagement approach and advocating constructive change in corporate policies. Hsu oversees the firm’s proxy voting policies and procedures and leads on corporate governance issues while supporting the overall corporate engagement efforts. Marsh supports Calvert’s proxy voting and corporate engagement on ESG issues.
UK investment services firm River and Mercantile has appointed Roger Lewis to a new role as Group Head of ESG. Lewis will be responsible for overseeing the group’s ESG philosophy and core principles across its various investment divisions and integrating these factors within the firm’s investment processes and asset management activities. Lewis previously worked at Aviva Investors. “ESG has been a key part of our investment thinking for many years as has our clients’ interest and awareness of the importance of sustainable investing. This appointment will enable us to enhance our commitments and continue to deliver exciting ESG investment opportunities to both current and future clients,” said Group Chief Executive James Barham.
Real assets fund Patrizia has appointed Mathieu Elshout to the newly created position of Head of Sustainability and Impact Investing. With the hiring, the firm seeks to strengthen its development of impact fund products and drive the integration of sustainability into the company’s core investment processes. Elshout joins from PGGM and will report to Edmund Craston, Head of Fund Management at Patrizia. CIO Anne Kavanagh commented: “Mathieu will have overall responsibility for sustainable and impact fund strategies that will become a cornerstone of our company-wide investment focus.”
Troy Mortimer joins global consulting company Alpha FMC as a Director of the ESG & Responsible Investment Leadership team. Mortimer was most recently Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment at KPMG. Mortimer brings extensive experience working globally across multiple asset classes and for various participants in the asset management industry and has worked with clients to overcome challenges in relation to sustainability, ESG and responsible investment integration, due diligence, and impact reporting.