Schroders deepens Sustainable Investment Team talent with global hires

Schroders is today announcing the evolution of its global sustainable investment team with several senior appointments and promotions, building on the firm’s commitment to expanding our sustainable investment capabilities. 

Margot Von Aesch has been appointed Head of Sustainable Investment Management, a newly-created role, with her remit encompassing detailed research, the development of sustainable investment models and ensuring the continued integration of this analysis into Schroders’ investment decision-making. Margot joins from Redburn where she was a partner, having played a leading role in developing the firm’s ESG business and related client base.

A commitment to sustainable-focused data and analytics has enabled Schroders to provide ground-breaking insights for our clients, evidenced by our award-winning SustainEx investment tool. Angus Bauer joins from Redburn where he was a partner and former co-head of the Redburn ESG franchise. Angus has been appointed to the role of Sustainability Analyst, to strengthen our sustainable investment research team, reporting into Margot.

We have appointed Kimberley Lewis[1], Head of Active Ownership, to lead our Active Ownership work. She worked most recently at Federated Hermes International, where as a Director of Engagement Kim helped drive the firm’s engagement proposition. Reporting to Kimberly Lewis is Katie Frame, Katie recently joined Schroders as Active Ownership Manager from Federated Hermes International where she was an Engagement Manager.

Margot and Kimberley will report to Andy Howard, Global Head of Sustainable Investment at Schroders.

Andy will also be joining Schroders Group Management Committee, further evidencing the firm’s decision to embed sustainability at its core. Since joining the firm, Andy has driven our sustainability research and been the inventor and inspiration behind proprietary tools such as SustainEx.

Andy Howard, Global Head of Sustainable Investment, commented:

“These additions will further strengthen Schroders ability to deliver market-leading sustainability data, support its focus on stewardship and engagement and expand the products and services it offers to its clients globally.

“We see this moment as a significant milestone in our sustainability journey and a natural step to ensure our path to net zero is clear and successful: we are injecting into the firm market-leading talents with vision and experience, who are highly regarded not only within, but also outside our industry.

“As a corporate and investor, we recognise that we have a fundamental role to play in making sure the companies in which we invest are on the journey to net zero and a sustainable future. That’s why we’ve made a number of commitments to accelerate our progress on managing climate risk and achieving net zero by 2050 or sooner. These commitments can be achieved thanks to our distinctive approach which is supported by our data driven and active engagement process.”

Already this year Schroders has expanded its Sustainable Investment Team globally with the appointments of a number of sustainability analysts, newly-created positions with Lazaro Tiant in New York and Mervyn Tang in Singapore covering North America and Asia respectively. We have also expanded the roles of our sustainability specialists across our investment teams with the appointment of seven sustainability-focused analysts. Furthermore, Sarah Bratton-Hughes, who has led our successful growth in North America, is expanding her role to include the newly-created responsibility of Global Head of Sustainability, Solutions.

Carolina Minio-Paluello, Global head of Product, Solutions & Quant commented:

“The evolving regulatory environment and social focus will only exacerbate the need for climate solutions that help clients manage their carbon footprint as well as maximise risk-adjusted returns. We want to partner with clients to achieve these goals and to define and deliver their net zero strategies.”

 

[1] Kim Lewis joined in July 2021