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This Week’s People Moves: Regulators Appoint ESG Specialists

ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of new hires in the sustainable investing sector, including SEC, FCA, RLAM, BNPP AM and More.

New US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Gary Gensler has appointed Heather Slavkin Corzo as Policy Director. Previously Corzo had been Head of US Policy at the Principles for Responsible Investment and served as the Director of Capital Markets Policy at the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), among others. PRI CEO Fiona Reynolds commented: “We deeply appreciate Heather’s leadership on US policy matters to promote responsible investment and advance the ability of investors to integrate ESG factors into their investment decision-making. We wish her all the best in her new role as Policy Director for Chair Gensler, and look forward to her leadership at the SEC.”

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has hired Sacha Sadan as Director of Environmental, Social and Governance. In the newly created role, Sadan will develop the FCA’s approach to sustainable finance domestically and internationally and advocate it. He will lead the development of policy that will help ensure the long-term safety and soundness of firms, the proper functioning of markets and the protection of consumers. Prior to this, Sadan worked for Legal and General Investment Management, where he was Director of Investment Stewardship.

Giorgio Botta is joining the Association for Financial Markets in Europe as a Senior Associate on Sustainable Finance policy. He worked previously for the European Fund and Asset Management Association as Regulatory Policy Advisor of Sustainable Finance and Stewardship.

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) has appointed Eli Haroush as head of ESG research. Haroush will report into Ashley Hamilton Claxton, head of responsible investment at RLAM and will play a key role in further embedding high quality, bespoke ESG analysis in investment decision making. Haroush joins RLAM from Dutch asset manager APG. “RLAM has heavily invested in ESG resources in recent years. Eli’s hire is the latest addition to our growing team, and a proof of our long-standing commitment to responsible investment,” said Hamilton Claxton.

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has appointed Alex Bernhardt as Global Head of Sustainability Research for its Sustainability Centre. Bernhardt reports to Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability, and will be responsible for BNPP AM’s sustainability research agenda and ESG scoring platform, managing its team of ESG analysts. Bernhardt will also work closely with the quantitative research group, which plays an increasingly important role in developing and delivering BNPP AM’s sustainability research. Bernhardt joins from US consulting firm MarshMcLennan, where he helped clients to address systemic issues including climate resilience, the catastrophe protection gap, diversity and sustainable infrastructure financing.

US impact-driven ESG investment firm Trillium Asset Management has announced three hires for the UK market. Ian Warmerdam joins as Lead Portfolio Manager from Janus Henderson Investors. Jamie Mariani will serve as Portfolio Manager for global ESG equity strategies. Among his prior roles is a stint at investment management firm Martin Currie.  Graham Kitchen takes up the role of Chairman of the UK board. In the past, he worked at Janus Henderson Investors among other asset managers.  In June 2020, Australian wealth manager Perpetual acquired Trillium and is now actively building out its UK and European distribution presence.

Impact Investing firm Aneuvia has appointed Brit Moore Gilmore as Director of Business Development. Moore is the former President of a social enterprise called The Giving Keys and founded Hi Impact, a social impact and business consultancy.

 

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