Bryan McGannon joins Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, Peter Redmond hired by Aquaculture Stewardship Council
APPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH
The US-based Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment has appointed Bryan McGannon as director of policy and programmes. With more than 20 years of policy and advocacy experience, he will serve as US SIF’s lead representative.
“Business engagement has played a part in most of my prior jobs and I’ve seen how responsive policymakers are when businesses show up on an issue,” says McGannon. “The sustainable and responsible investment industry is the ideal place to work to solve some of the biggest policy challenges out there.”
Most of McGannon’s career has been in issue advocacy and political campaigns. He joins US SIF from the American Sustainable Business Council, where he was policy and engagement director working on broad economic issues. Before that he held a number of roles, with Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection to help advance climate legislation, a trade association for the private sector recycling industry and a statewide energy efficiency campaign in California.
“I’m hoping to raise the visibility and impact of US SIF and our members to policymakers, to demonstrate the vital role this community plays to improve the economy in sustainable and responsible ways,” McGannon explains.
US SIF is the non-profit hub for the sustainable, responsible and impact investment sector in the US.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has hired Peter Redmond as vice president of market development for its North American operations. He will lead ASC’s retail and supply chain focused work. Redmond, a seafood industry veteran, spent 17 years at WalMart, where he was responsible for implementing the company’s seafood sustainability commitments.
He then founded Epiphany Group, an environmental and business consultancy to the deli and seafood industry. He also served as VP of global market development for the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
In the past seven years, the ASC has become the certification of choice for a number of global retailers, including IKEA Group, Carrefour, Lidl and Sysco Food Services. There are now 456 farms certified to the ASC standard and nearly a quarter of all the farmed salmon produced around the world is ASC-certified.
Esther Luiten, ASC’s commercial director, said, “With the expanded ASC staff in the Americas, we will be able to service companies already working with our programme even better and expand interest among others. This is key to delivering on our mission to bring meaningful positive change for both the environment and the people who depend on aquaculture for their livelihoods.”
Achim Steiner will be the new administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), replacing Helen Clark. Steiner, whose four-year term starts in June, is a renowned global figure in the fields of sustainable development, climate resilience, international cooperation and global diplomacy. Prior to joining UNDP, his roles included: executive director of the UN Environment Programme (2006-2016); director-general of the UN Office in Nairobi; director-general of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature; and secretary-general of the World Commission on Dams. He is currently director of the Oxford Martin School and professorial fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford.
Pascale Dubois will be the new vice president of integrity at the World Bank Group, effective 1 July. Dubois has been part of the World Bank’s anti-fraud and corruption efforts for more than a decade, serving most recently as chief suspension and debarment officer. The integrity vice presidency is an independent unit within the World Bank Group that investigates and pursues sanctions related to allegations of fraud and corruption in World Bank Group-financed projects.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Nana Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana, to the Sustainable Development Goals Advocates Group. Akufo-Addo will serve as co-chair alongside Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway, until the end of 2018.
Jane Wilkinson is the new head of sustainable finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. She joins from financial services firm KPMG.
International technology company Semcon has hired Karin Russberg as director, HR and sustainability. Russberg, who takes up her new role in August, is currently head of global talent management at AB Volvo.
Jad Ariss, currently CEO of AXA Middle East & Africa, has been appointed as the firm’s group head of public affairs and corporate responsibility. Ariss, who starts his new role in May, started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey, before joining the AXA Group in 1995 as chief financial officer of AXA Global Risks.
Shaun McCarthy has been named chair of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment's professional standards committee. McCarthy is director of consultancy Action Sustainability.
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has announced the appointment of Luciano Pirovano as chair of its board of directors. Pirovano is international marketing and CSR director at Bolton Alimentari.
Hassatou Diop N’Sele will become acting vice-president for finance and CFO at the African Development Bank Group. She is currently treasurer and will hold the positions jointly until a new vice-president for finance and CFO is appointed.
Ashok Sinha has been appointed the new chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission, which was created to help the city meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population, rising inequality and climate change. Sinha is currently chief executive of the London Cycling Campaign.
Swedish forest industry group Holmen has appointed Stina Sandell to the newly created post of director of sustainability and communications. She joins from SBAB bank.
Katherine Collins has joined global money management firm Putnam Investments as head of sustainable investing. She was previously CEO of Honeybee Capital, a research firm focused on ESG investment issues.
Narina Mnatsakanian is the new director of impact and responsible investment at Kempen Capital Management. She joins from private equity firm Sarona Asset Management.appointments CSR ESG impact investment human resources recruitment