Aberdeen Standard hires ESG investment director

Aberdeen Standard Investments recruited Local Government Super's former responsible investment lead as its ESG investment director.

Bill Hartnett will relocate to London to support ASI's emerging markets and Asia-Pacific team in the newly created role after spending more than eight years at LGS.

Moya Yip was appointed acting head of responsible investments; she has been the fund's responsible investment manager since October 2016.

Hartnett's remit at ASI is to analyse long-term factors involving investee companies' environmental and social management and performance, and effective governance structures.

He reports to global head of stewardship and ESG investment Euan Stirling.

Commenting on his appointment, Hartnett said: "The opportunity to apply my experience with an asset manager that has such a strong heritage and commitment to ESG is extremely motivating."

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

At LGS, which has more than 85% of its FUM in responsible investment strategies, Hartnett's responsibilities included developing and researching new ESG strategies for asset classes, and ensuring assets were invested responsibly to achieve long-term, sustainable returns.

Hartnett was a director at Regnan and Asia Pacific managing director at Innovest prior to joining LGS in September 2010.

He currently holds directorship roles at the Investor Group on Climate Change and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors.

Aberdeen Standard's ESG team has more than 50 investment professionals. It manages $913.8 billion of assets worldwide.

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