This Week’s People Moves: Invesco Hires Head of ESG for Private Markets from AXA IM

ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of new hires in the sustainable investing sector, including Invesco, Triton, Waverton IM, Neuberger Berman, Mayfair Capital IM and CalSTRS. 

Invesco has appointed Maximilian Kufer as Head of ESG for Private Markets. Reporting to Cathrine de Coninck-Lopez, the firm’s Global Head of ESG, Kufer will be responsible for the strategy and integration of ESG into Invesco’s real assets and private alternative strategies globally. “ESG has become the defining investment criteria of this decade and will likely dominate the market approach for all investment firms across asset classes. Invesco has already developed an extensive and detailed programme and I’m honoured to be part of the team focuses on delivering on our commitments for the benefit of all stakeholders,” said Kufer. He joins from his role as Global Sustainability Manager for Real Assets at AXA Investment Managers. Kufer also sits on the GRESB Benchmark Committee, ULI Sustainability Council and the GRI Global: ESG and Impact Investment Committee. “ESG is a priority focus for Invesco to drive performance in our clients’ portfolios. We believe we are very well positioned to meet this market need and will continue to develop and extend our program as we look to lead the sector,” said Richard Scott Dennis, Global CEO of Invesco Real Estate.

Ashim Paun has joined multi-strategy investment firm Triton Investments as Head of Sustainable Investing. Paun will focus on the acquisition of companies catalysed by sustainability themes and on capital raising for future funds. Before joining Triton, Paun was part of the HSBC Global Research team, focusing on climate change and the energy transition. He has also held financial sector roles at Newton Investment Management and Magnetar Capital. Triton works with businesses to create long-term sustainable value, using sector, digital and ESG experts.

Saskia Blyham has been awarded the newly created role of Corporate Sustainability Manager for Waverton Investment Management. She will be coordinating and overseeing all aspects of Waverton’s corporate responsibility programme, including meeting the regulatory requirements outlined by the Principles for Responsible Investment and the UK Stewardship Code. Blyham joins from the Charities Aid Foundation where she served as Corporate CSR Advisor for the Investment Management Portfolio. “As Waverton grows, it is essential that we are aligned both with our investment approach and our core values as a business. It’s clear that the role of corporate sustainability is central and warrants an experienced and dedicated resource,” said Waverton CEO Nick Tucker.

Employee-owned investment manager Neuberger Berman has appointed Sarah Peasey as Director of European ESG Investing. Reporting to Jonathan Bailey, the firm’s Head of ESG Investing, Peasey will work to further incorporate ESG principles across asset classes. Peasey joins from Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM), where she served as Head of Responsible Investment Strategy. “Neuberger Berman has a long history of integrating ESG into investment processes while helping our clients to achieve their investment goals. With Sarah’s extensive experience, we hope to further generate sustainable, long-term returns for our clients through our approach to ESG, as seen in our recent £1.3bn climate transition-related multi-asset credit mandate from the Brunel Pension Partnership which is designed to align Brunel’s portfolio with the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Dik van Lomwel, Head of EMEA and Latin America at Neuberger Berman.

Mayfair Capital Investment Management, a specialist UK real estate investment manager wholly owned by Swiss Life Asset Managers, has hired Christi Vosloo as Head of ESG. Having joined the business in mid-August, Vosloo is working closely with the ESG team at Swiss Life to embed sustainability considerations across Mayfair Capital, building long-term sustainable resilience and ensuring the firm manages its funds according to integrated ESG criteria. Prior to joining, Vosloo was an Associate Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, advising clients on climate risk management and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) reporting guidelines. “Vosloo brings a wealth of ESG experience and skills and joins us in a crucial role for our business, which will be advantageous for our clients as we confront the increasing reality of climate change and its impact on the built environment,” said Giles King, CEO of Mayfair Capital.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the world’s largest educator-only pension fund, has appointed Melissa Norcia as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Replacing Lisa Blatnick, who is now CalSTRS’ COO, Norcia will lead human resources, sustainability and business continuity. Previously serving as CalSTRS’ Director of Human Resources, she has experience overseeing the fund’s executive compensation and diversity and inclusion programmes. She also serves as staff support for the Teachers’ Retirement Board Compensation Committee. “I am honoured to join CalSTRS’ executive team and to continue supporting the Teachers’ Retirement Board in delivering our promise of a secure retirement for our educators. I appreciate CalSTRS’ culture of learning and how we recognize employee engagement,” said Norcia.

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