PRI, Northern Trust, Investor Group on Climate Change, Sycomore Asset Management, Newton Investment Management, Mirabaud Asset Management, Pioneer Investments, Pictet Group

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) – Nathan Fabian has been appointed director of policy at the PRI and will start his new London-based role on 30 June. He has been chief executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) for six years and before that was head of ESG research at Regnan. Fabian has also worked as a senior consultant for Arthur Andersen. Separately, Mamadou-Abou Sarr, global head of environmental, social and governance investing at Northern Trust, has been chosen to join the listed equity steering committee and chair the outreach sub-committee for PRI. In addition, Northern Trust’s senior fixed income portfolio manager Geeta Sharma has joined PRI’s fixed income outreach committee. 

Sycomore Asset ManagementBertille Presta has been hired as fund manager and head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. From March last year, she worked at Financière de l’Echiquier, co-leading its SRI strategy and ESG integration process. At Sycomore Asset Management, Presta is taking over from Léa Dunand-Chatellet. She will manage the firm’s ESG team, which currently comprises Alban Préaubert and Claire Bataillie. She will be directly involved in running the company’s SRI portfolios and mandates, along with founding associate Cyril Charlot. 

Newton Investment ManagementElizabeth Para is joining BNY Mellon subsidiary Newton Investment Management as UK institutional business development manager. She will report to Julian Lyne, head of UK institutional business development and global consultants, and be responsible for forging links with new clients as well as building the firm’s business with corporate and local authority pensions. She will join a team of 14 staff. Para was most recently at Fundsmith, where she worked in institutional sales and consultant relations. Before that, she worked at State Street Global Advisors, BNP Paribas Investment Partners and Alliance Bernstein.  

Mirabaud Asset ManagementEmilio Barberá has been appointed as senior portfolio manager/analyst for Spanish equities at Mirabaud Asset Management in Barcelona. He joins from Inverseguros in Madrid, where he was responsible for a Spanish equity fund and involved in managing various European funds. Barberá will act as the deputy portfolio manager for the Equities Spain fund and analyst on Spanish equities, while Gemma Hurtado San Leandro will remain as the lead portfolio manager and team leader. 

Pioneer Investments Craig Sterling has been hired by Pioneer Investments as head of equity research, US. In the new role, he is managing the company’s team of 14 equity research analysts based in Boston. He was previously managing director and head of global equity research at equity research firm EVA Dimensions in New York. Sterling will become a portfolio manager on Pioneer Investments’ research-based US equity strategies on 29 May. The current co-heads of US equity research, Paul Cloonan and John Peckham, will then focus on portfolio management, with Cloonan concentrating solely on the US large-cap growth portfolio and Peckham working on US value equity portfolio management. 

Pictet GroupLaurent Ramsey has been appointed to the partnership of the Pictet Group with effect from 1 January next year. Once a partner, Ramsey will keep his current responsibilities as deputy chief executive of Pictet Asset Management. Separately, the group announced that Jean-François Demole decided to retire from the partnership with effect from 30 August this year. Demole joined Pictet in 1991 and became a partner in 1998. After retiring, he will continue as board member of Banque Pictet & Cie and of Pictet Alternative Advisors, and will concentrate on private equity and real estate.