Wells Fargo Asset Management appoints head of ESG


Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) has appointed Hannah Skeates as global head of environmental, social, and governance (ESG). Skeates is based in London and will report to Fredrik Axsater, head of WFAM strategic business segments.   

In this role, Hannah is responsible for creating and executing a holistic vision for the ESG segment within WFAM, Wells Fargo’s asset management division, which includes 28 investment teams. She will also partner across Wells Fargo’s wealth and investment management (WIM) division to ensure a unified ESG vision and approach throughout the broader organization.

Hannah joined WFAM in January from S&P Dow Jones Indices, where she served as head of global ESG strategy. Prior to that, Hannah served in various roles at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors in the United States and Europe. She is a senior associate at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

The appointment is part of WFAM’s ongoing effort to expand and enhance its ESG capabilities.

In August, Chris McKnett joined WFAM as senior ESG investment strategist from State Street Global Advisors.

Jessica Mann, CFA, is taking on the newly established role of head of Stewardship for WFAM. In addition to her role as a senior ESG advisor, Mann will focus on strengthening the firm’s proxy voting effort and company engagement, as well as forming stronger ties with Wells Fargo corporate responsibility initiatives.

Both will report to Hannah.

“ESG is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing our clients,” says Axsater. “WFAM is focused on solving the most pressing challenges of our clients, and with the collective experience of Hannah, Jessica, and Chris, we believe we are even better positioned to provide exceptional ESG expertise and solutions.”

“We believe ESG investing is investing in a better future,” Axsater adds.


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15 Feb 2019


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