Loomis Sayles has appointed Kathleen Bochman to director of environmental, social and governance (ESG).
Bochman will be responsible for increasing awareness of ESG principles across the firm's investment team while also identifying how ESG can be further incorporated into the teams' investment processes.
She will head up the firm's existing ESG committee which provides strategic support to investment teams and conducts internal education.
Bochman will act as a "thought leader" for the firm on sustainability issues while helping investment teams engage with companies they invest in.
She joined the firm from Gimme Credit in 2006 as a global equity analyst covering the financial sector before becoming a co-portfolio manager.
Kevin Charleston, CEO of Loomis Sayles, said: "Providing superior long-term performance is at the heart of every Loomis Sayles investment strategy, and we understand the important role that ESG issues play in the global economy, financial markets and society.
"We recognize the importance of conducting ourselves as responsible global citizens, and Kathleen's new role further affirms our commitment to ESG considerations and their inherent role as part of our investment processes."
Jae Park, CIO at Loomis Sayles, added: "It is our job as leaders of the firm to ensure investment teams have access to all available macro, fundamental and quantitative research insights.
"We believe that ESG data is another vital tool that can be leveraged by our portfolio managers as they seek to deliver consistent, competitive returns for our clients."
Effective from 1 August
10 new members
Strategic partnership between firms
12 months' notice