Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has appointed Bill Hartnett as ESG investment director to support the growth of the ESG team as the firm continues its long-term push towards sustainable investing.
Hartnett will be working with the ASI ESG team in emerging markets and Asia Pacific to analyse long-term factors such as investee companies' environmental and social management and performance alongside governance structures.
He will be based in ASI's London office and will be reporting to global head of stewardship and ESG investment, Euan Stirling.
Hartnett has 20 years of experience in responsible investing behind him. Prior to joining ASI, he was head of responsible investment at Local Government Super (LGS), the Australian superannuation fund, where he was responsible for ensuring that AUD12bn of pension assets was invested responsibly.
Stirling commented: "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. As an active investment manager, engagement continues to be at the heart of our approach and it is important for us to influence the standards of governance.
"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 and Asia Pacific."
Hartnett added: "The opportunity to apply my experience with an asset manager that has such a strong heritage and commitment to ESG is extremely motivating. I am proud to have developed sophisticated ESG-integrated strategies and an extensive and effective active ownership programme 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."