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This Week’s People Moves: BNPP AM, BMO GAM, Arabesque And More

ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of new hires in the sustainable investing sector.

BNP Paribas Asset Management has appointed Michael Herskovich as Global Head of Stewardship within its Sustainability Centre, reporting to Jane Ambachtsheer, BNPP AM’s Global Head of Sustainability. He replaces Helena Viñes Fiestas, who is taking up a new role as a board member of the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores, the Spanish securities market regulator, in May. Herskovich has been BNPP AM’s Global Head of Corporate Governance since 2009, responsible for implementing its stewardship policy, including proxy voting, issuer engagement and corporate governance analysis. “Michael is a long-standing expert in the field of stewardship, with strong relationships in the industry.  He has been instrumental in the development of our ambitious approach to corporate governance and this new role reflects his expertise and ambition in terms of stewardship activity,” said Ambachtsheer.

BMO Global Asset Management has appointed Manuel Adamini as Senior Responsible Investment Strategist to support clients with the ESG integration of mandates and portfolios. Adamini was previously Head of Investor Engagement at the Climate Bonds Initiative, Head of Responsible Investment at the Dutch asset manager Actiam and a member of the international board of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative. He also will advise institutional clients in the Netherlands about ESG strategy, sustainable investments, climate risks and new regulations. “The arrival of a very experienced expert like Manuel will ensure we can support our clients even more and help them, in both strategic and practical terms, to finish making their portfolios sustainable,” said Bart Kuijpers, Head of Fiduciary Investment at BMO GAM in the Netherlands.

ESG data and analytics group Arabesque has recruited Herman Bril, formerly CIO of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund, as the new CEO of Arabesque Asset Management, and Ulrika Hasselgren, previously Global Head of Sustainability and Impact Investment at Danske Bank, as both Head of Nordics and Head of Europe for Corporates and Sovereigns. London-based Bril will be responsible for Arabesque’s global asset management business and its growing suite of AI-driven sustainable investment products and solutions, including the firm’s new Net-Zero climate investment strategy. In addition to overseeing Arabesque’s range of ESG data and insights services for corporate and sovereign clients in Europe, Hasselgren will lead the group’s activities and expansion in the Nordic region and will be based in Stockholm.

Andy Moniz has joined its Acadian Asset Management as Director of Responsible Investing. Moniz will be responsible for leading Acadian’s global ESG efforts and will oversee the firm’s ESG strategies, related research initiatives, and active ownership tactics, in addition to serving as the chair for Acadian’s Responsible Investing Committee. He joins Acadian from Putnam Investments, where he served as Director of Applied Data Science Investments with responsibility for creating systematic ESG stock selection strategies. “Andy’s wealth of experience with ESG strategies in quantitative finance and data science will be a tremendous asset as we continue to evolve our research efforts and expand our sustainable solutions in this important space,” said CIO Brendan Bradley.

Wellington Management has hired two senior investors focused on private market sustainable investing. Greg Wasserman brings 20 years of venture and growth investment experience across energy transformation, mobility, enterprise digitization, infrastructure, and fintech, the majority focused on climate solutions and sustainability. Sean Petersen has 15 years of global venture investing experience focused on climate, e-logistics, education and health. Wasserman previously held positions at Generation Investment Management, Goldman Sachs and Galaxy Digital. Petersen joins Wellington from AI Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund, where he served as a General Partner. “Greg and Sean’s skill and experience investing in private companies developing products and services that address climate change will augment Wellington’s deal flow and strengthen the value we bring to our partners,” said Michael Carmen, Co-head of Private Investments at Wellington.

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