Aberdeen Standard Investments appoints ESG investment director

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has appointed Bill Hartnett to strengthen its environmental, social and governance (ESG) capabilities.

As ESG investment director, Hartnett would report to Euan Stirling, global head of stewardship and ESG investment, and would be based in London.

He would have a specific remit to support investment colleagues in emerging markets and Asia Pacific.

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Hartnett had over 20 years’ experience of responsible investment and active ownership across roles in asset management, research and asset ownership.

Before ASI, Hartnett was head of responsible investment at Local Government Super and was responsible for ensuring pension assets were invested responsibly, with a long-term sustainable return.

“The opportunity to apply my experience with an asset manager that has such a strong heritage and commitment to ESG is extremely motivating,” Hartnett said.

“I am proud to have developed sophisticated ESG-integrated strategies and an extensive and effective active ownership program in my previous roles.

“I now look forward to working with my ASI colleagues to offer innovative ESG strategies to our existing and prospective clients.”

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