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NEWARK, N.J BUSINESS WIIRE)–Jan 25th, 2022–PGIM (the $1.5 trillion global investment business of Prudential Financial Inc. NYSE: PRU ) continues to focus on sustainability, social, and governance (ESG) investing. Eugenia Unanyants Jackson was appointed to the newly created global head of ESG. She will start her new role on February 1st 2022. Based in London, Unanyants Jackson will be responsible for coordinating ESG strategies and approaches across PGIM. She will report to Taimur Hyat (PGIM’s chief operational officer).
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“Given PGIM’s global footprint and scale, we have immense potential for making a positive impact on many of today’s ESG challenges.” Eugenia Unanyants Jackson, Global Head of ESG at PGIM (Photo by Business Wire).
As the inaugural head of ESG Research at PGIM Fixed Income, Unanyants Jackson joined the firm in 2020. She was the most recent to be charged with integrating ESG considerations into all aspects fixed income investing. She also analyzes ESG risks and opportunities, and assesses potential negative or positive effects on the environment and society. Unanyants-Jackson was the leader in the development of ESG impact ratings, a proprietary tool that allows clients to invest according to their ESG preferences. She was also responsible for the publication of the first PGIM Fixed Income ESG Annual Report. This report details the ESG rating framework and helps clients understand the firm’s approach to ESG across all portfolios.
“PGIM’s multimanager model allows each business to incorporate ESG considerations optimally for its specific asset class and investment type. Hyat stated that ESG is a critical issue for our client base and that we are looking to further enrich our ESG expertise, research capabilities, analytical capabilities and industry leadership across PGIM. Eugenia has over a decade of experience in sustainable investing and ESG. She is a true leader in the investment management industry, as she drives new ways of thinking about ESG integration, engagement, and analysis.
PGIM has a long history of ESG integration. PGIM’s fixed income and fundamental equities businesses have integrated ESG factors into their investment research and decision-making. They analyze ESG risks and opportunities and consider potential negative or positive effects on investments. PGIM’s businesses also responded to a growing demand from clients to incorporate considerations of social and environmental sustainability into their investment research and product offerings. PGIM Real estate, PGIM Realestate, is a real estate investment and financing company that has invested more than $5B in affordable housing and transformative developments properties. PGIM Fixed Income has created an ESG impact assessment framework, launched dedicated ESG strategies to institutional and retail clients, and PGIM’s private credit company, PGIM Private capital, has been actively investing in renewable energy for the past 15 year.
“Given PGIM’s global footprint and scale, we have immense potential for making a positive impact on many of today’s ESG challenges,” Unanyants Jackson said. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to further develop PGIM’s ESG strategy and leverage existing and in some cases longstanding ESG capabilities in order to help our investors achieve their sustainability goals in coordination with each of PGIM’s businesses.”
PGIM Fixed income has named John Ploeg, and Armelle deVienne, co-heads for ESG Research. They report to Richard Greenwood (head of Credit), building on the foundation that Unanyants-Jackson had established. Ploeg, based London, and de Vienne based Newark will assume their roles on February 1, 2022. They have previously served as ESG specialists and regional leader within PGIM Fixed Income’s ESG Research team.
Ploeg has extensive investment experience, having worked previously in PGIM Fixed Income’s US and European CLO product managers teams. John was most recently an ESG specialist. He actively participated in all aspects PGIM Fixed income’s ESG approach, including the creation of the ESG Impact ratings methodology, ESG engagement activity tracking, and ESG-related regulatory developments.
De Vienne was most recently an ESG specialist and U.S. Team Lead. Before joining PGIM Fixed Income, De Vienne worked as an ESG specialist and U.S. team leader at Rockefeller Capital Management.
“We are pleased to have John & Armelle take over leading ESG research at PGIM Fixed Income. Mike Lillard, head PGIM Fixed Income, said that clients, credit analysts, and investment teams will all benefit from their combined experience and ongoing efforts to expand our ESG capabilities. “Our talent model and the quality of our investment team is evident in our ability to promote from within. John and Armelle provide continuity to our ESG approach. This is a crucial component as we partner alongside clients to invest in line with their ESG beliefs.
PGIM, Prudential Financial, Inc.’s global asset management business (NYSE: PRU), is one of the world’s top 10 largest asset managers, with more than $1.5 billion in assets under management as at Sept. 30, 2021. PGIM has 17 offices around the globe and offers a wide range of investment options for institutional and retail investors. These solutions include public fixed income, private fix income, fundamental equity and quantitative equity. Visit pgim.com for more information.
Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States is not affiliated with Prudential plc, incorporated here in the United Kingdom, nor with Prudential Assurance Company, a division of M&G plc, incorporated here in the United Kingdom. Visit news.prudential.com for more information.
*PGIM is Prudential Financial, Inc.’s investment management business. Based on the Top Money Managers list published by Pensions & Investments on May 31, 2021, PFI is the 10th largest global investment manager. This ranking shows global assets under management at PFI as of December 31, 2020.
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