Aberdeen Standard Investments appoints ESG investment director

Bill Hartnett will support colleagues in Asia-Pacific and emerging markets, analyze factors involving investee companies’ environmental and social management

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Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has appointed Bill Hartnett as an ESG investment director. Hartnett will report to Euan Stirling, global head of stewardship and ESG investment, and will be based in London with a specific remit to support investment colleagues in emerging markets and the Asia-Pacific.

Hartnett will analyze specific long-term factors involving investee companies’ environmental and social management and performance, as well as the effectiveness of governance structures.

Hartnett has over 20 years’ experience of responsible investment and active ownership across roles in asset management, research and asset ownership. Immediately prior to joining ASI, Hartnett was head of responsible investment at Australian superannuation fund, Local Government Super (LGS). At LGS, Hartnett was responsible for ensuring that A$12 billion (US$8.32 billion) of pension assets were invested responsibly and achieving the maximum potential long-term, sustainable return.

Euan Stirling, global head of stewardship and ESG investment, says: “We are delighted Bill has joined our ESG Investment team, which is growing in importance, as we continue to move ESG considerations further up the investment agenda. With Bill’s depth of knowledge and experience, he is a strong addition to the team and will be invaluable in helping develop our expertise in emerging markets & Asia-Pacific.”

“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,” says Hartnett.

ASI’s ESG unit has a dedicated team of around 20 professionals and more than 30 specialists across the asset class teams. 

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15 May 2019

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