Fidelity International has appointed ex-Martin Currie fund manager Michael Gibb as its stewardship and sustainable investing head.
In the newly created role, Gibb will oversee the firm's policies on engagement, voting and environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration across Fidelity's active fund range.
Reporting to Paras Anand, CIO equities, Europe, he will also be responsible for aiding the assimilation of ESG factors in the firm's investment processes by managing its existing ESG team.
Gibb joins having most recently completed an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School which focused on ESG engagement.
He spent 11 years at Martin Currie Investment Management where he held a number of senior roles, most recently as co-head of global wealth management distribution.
Gibb was also at Credit Suisse for five years between 2000 and 2005 where he was responsible for institutional equity sales across Asia and Australia and previously had a stint as a portfolio manager at Gartmore Investment Management.
Commenting on the appointment, Anand said: "Michael brings with him a wealth of experience and fresh perspective as we continue to identify and engage with companies on a range of factors that influence their sustainability.
"He will be a welcome addition to the team and lead on the integration, engagement, voting and reporting of ESG across all asset classes at Fidelity."
In June last year, the firm launched the FIRST ESG All Country World fund, which focuses on global companies with strong ESG ratings.