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This Week’s People Moves: New Engagement Head for Federated Hermes

ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of appointments in the sustainable investing sector, including Federated Hermes, UBS Asset Management, Swiss Re, Longevity Partners and North Sky Capital. 

Responsible investment manager Federated Hermes has hired Ross Teverson to lead its engagement team for Asia and Global Emerging Markets. Teverson was Head of Strategy for global emerging market equities at Jupiter Asset Management, and previously held various investment-focused positions at Standard Life Investments. He has more than two decades of experience in investing in and engaging with companies across the Asia and Emerging Market regions. Bruce Duguid, Head of Stewardship at Federated Hermes, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ross to the team, with his deep experience in stewardship and company engagement. Asia and the Emerging Markets are particularly important for our stewardship clients and someone of Ross’s calibre will be a significant addition to our global platform.” 

Narina Mnatsakanian has been appointed in the newly created role of Head of Impact Investing at UBS Asset Management. In her new role, Mnatsakanian will be responsible for expanding the firm’s impact investing offering, research and impact measurement capabilities. The appointment also looks to strengthen UBS’ strategy to advance as an impact investment manager. She joins from Van Lanschot Kempen, where she served as Executive Director of Sustainable and Impact Investment. She was also involved in developing asset class-specific workstreams for ESG integration, including fixed income and private equity. 

Velina Peneva has been appointed as Zurich-based reinsurance company Swiss Re’s Group Chief Investment Officer and member of the Group Executive Committee. Peneva is currently Co-Head Client Solutions & Analytics at Swiss Re’s Asset Management, and previously headed Swiss Re’s private equity investment mandate. Christian Mumenthaler, Group CEO at Swiss Re, said: “Velina has a very strong track record both within and outside Swiss Re. She brings a combination of deep financial market expertise, strategic and investment skills, proven leadership capabilities and a well-established industry network.” 

Global multidisciplinary ESG advisory firm Longevity Partners has appointed Bernard d’Arche as Managing Director France. In his new role, d’Arche will be responsible for leading the next stages of development of the company, which has doubled its turnover and tripled its workforce over the last twelve months. Laure Ferrand, Global Head of Transaction Services, said: “Bernard has greatly contributed to the success of Longevity Partners France over the last two years; his leadership and vision have been key. After our efforts to launch the French branch, it is great news to have his dedication for the years to come.” 

Stefan den Doelder has joined US-based impact investment firm North Sky Capital as Managing Director. He joins from Stafford Capital Partners, where he was responsible for managing US$1 billion in sustainable and impact private equity funds and co-investments. Prior to this, he was a senior investment professional at Robeco where he was responsible for raising, investing and monitoring their Clean Tech Private Equity funds. Tom Jorgensen, Co-Head of North Sky’s Impact Secondaries Strategy, said: “Stefan’s extensive knowledge and experience as a global impact investor will complement our existing team. While we have been investing worldwide since 2004, Stefan will enhance our coverage of developed markets outside of North America, in particular the UK, Europe and Israel.” 

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