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Impact Investing Forum 2023
London. May 04-05, 2023.
Amundi U.S. appoints Head ESG for Amundi U.S. Chor Joyce has been appointed as the head of environmental, corporate and social governance (ESG), for Amundi U.S. (the U.S. subsidiary of Amundi, an asset-management firm). The appointment takes effect on December 6. Joyce will be responsible to drive the ESG strategic direction in the U.S., working closely with senior leadership, global ESG groups, investment management groups, marketing and distribution teams around the firm globally, and with industry partners. She reports to Lisa Jones, Amundi U.S. president and CEO, head of the Americas and Elodie Laugel chief responsible investment officer, based out of Paris. Amundi’s recent commitment to decarbonization efforts through participation in the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative and its signatory status to the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment, (PRI), has led to Joyce’s appointment. Jones states that Annie has a wealth of experience in a variety of areas and organizations related to responsible investing. This gives her a solid foundation to lead our ESG strategy here in the U.S. We continue to invest in resources to strengthen our global ESG leadership as a firm that is committed to responsible investing. We are confident Annie will play a key role in Amundi’s ESG resources and expertise in serving clients in the U.S.A and across the Americas. Joyce has over a decade of experience in the financial market and sustainability. She has worked with institutional and wealth investors in both the public and private sectors. Amundi U.S. is her second assignment. She previously worked as vice president, ESG consultant at MSCI Inc. She was responsible for MSCI’s fixed income ESG coverage. She also worked closely with institutional clients to integrate ESG and climate strategies into their enterprise, investment decisionmaking, and product development activities. Prior to MSCI Inc., ESG Research, she was vice president, ESG consultant. Prior to this she worked in global markets at Barclays Capital. Verus adds Annie Taylor and Anne Westreich to its management committee. Verus, an investment consulting firm and outsourced chief investor officer (OCIO), provider, announced the addition of Taylor and Westreich as managing directors and senior consultants to its management committee. Her career has been focused on Taft-Hartley clients. Taylor is the sector leader at the firm and also serves as the chair of the firm’s OCIO Committee. She has been instrumental in growing the OCIO service. Westreich joined Verus in 2006 to serve mostly the not-for-profit sector. Her experience in institutional investment management, analytical skills, and deep knowledge about financial markets are invaluable to clients when it comes to developing and implementing an investment policy. Westreich is a member of the investment committee and recently took over the responsibility of leading Verus’ not for profit sector team. The firm has expanded with new mandates and opened a satellite office in Dallas. It also hired significant investment management professionals from top-tier firms. Cinctive now employs 70 people, up from 35 when it was founded. “Our team has been focused from the beginning on building a platform that could benefit from the white space in the industry and provide uncorrelated returns for our investors. We are especially pleased with our success in times of market risk, such as the first quarters 2020 and 2021,” Richard Schimel (co-chief investment officer) says. Cinctive has hired portfolio managers from top firms in the hedge fund sector since its launch. They have been bolstered by appointments from ExodusPoint (formerly Och-Ziff), Millennium, Citadel, and Sculptor (previously Och-Ziff). The following professionals have joined Cinctive in the past year: Michael Tierney, portfolio manager, technology. Tierney, a surveyor capital unit at Citadel, joined Cinctive in November 2020. He is the leader of Cinctive’s Dallas office, which opened in 2021’s first quarter. Britt deVeer–portfolio manager, industrial. deVeer joined Cinctive on February. He previously held roles at Millennium, Soros Fund Management and Citadel’s Aptigon unit.Jeff Eisenstein–portfolio manager, financials. Eisenstein joined Cinctive as a surveyor in March. He was previously employed at Alyeska, Morgan Stanley, and as a portfolio manager in health care. Chung joined the firm with his ExodusPoint analyst team in March. He was also a portfolio manager. He was previously at Millennium.Bryan Blum – consumer portfolio manager. Blum joined Cinctive to focus on the consumer sector, which includes gaming, leisure, and restaurants. He was previously a senior analyst in risk arbitrage at Millennium. Nordon joined Cinctive in June to launch and manage the first risk arbitrage portfolio. He works directly alongside Schimel and Larry Sapanski, co-CIO. Nordon has previously held risk arbitrage positions at several prominent firms. Taylor Bond joined the firm in March as chief technology officer. Bond was previously the head of front office technology development and technology at Sculptor Capital Management for eight years. Bond graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. He was also a nuclear-trained submarine officer. Yana Johnson joins Faegre Drinker as a partner in its corporate practice in San Francisco. Johnson joins the firm from Jackson Lewis. Johnson has over 22 years experience and will help the firm’s public clients with executive and employee benefits issues. Johnson has extensive experience in the technology, biotech and construction, financial services, health care, entertainment, hospitality and government contracting sectors. Johnson has extensive experience in helping clients to negotiate executive employment agreements, design equity and phantom stock plans and awards, long term incentive compensation and deferred pay plans. Johnson is an expert in corporate governance, tax reporting, and securities issues related to executive compensation. Johnson assists domestic and international buyers and vendors with executive compensation, benefits, and human resources (HR). Johnson can assist in navigating through issues relating to business transactions such as mergers, asset sales and spinoffs, financings, and initial public offerings (IPOs). She advises clients on broad-based compensation arrangements. These include 401(k), pension and health, welfare, fringe benefits, early retirement plans, and early retirement plans. Johnson advises plan sponsors, venture funds, and financial institutions on Title I of the Employee Retire Income Security Act (ERISA). She also assists them with plan vendor arrangements, credit facilities, investments, and credit facility compliance. Johnson is a judicial extern for Thelton E. Henderson of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California. Aon announces that Doug Melton, the new global analytics and actuarial lead, health solutions, has joined the company. He is responsible for developing and executing the health solutions department’s analytics to serve clients through data research and analytics. Prior to joining Aon Melton was the analytics lead at Evernorth’s Clinical Analytics and Population Health Sciences Organization. Melton has been involved in many research projects and studies that relate to population health, well being, and chronic condition interventions. He was also the analytics leader at Evernorth’s Clinical Analytics and Population Health Sciences Organization, where he worked on building out the Cigna health analytics function.