Capital Group has appointed Schroder’s head of stewardship as its new global head of ESG.
Jessica Ground has taken the role with the global investment firm and is set to commence in September.
Ms Ground will work with teams across investment groups, distribution, marketing and technology to advance ESG at Capital Group.
She is reported to have more than 20 years of industry experience with Schroders. In her most recent role, as global head of stewardship, she was responsible for leading a team of ESG analysts and corporate governance specialists integrating ESG across geographies and asset classes.
She had also served as a fund manager on the UK equity team at Schroders, after joining the firm in 1997 as a research analyst covering the financials and utilities sectors.
Ms Ground is also chair of the Investment Association’s stewardship committee and board member of the Investor Forum.
Rob Lovelace, vice-chairman of Capital Group said: “We’re delighted to appoint someone of Jessica’s calibre and experience to work with our teams to further integrate ESG at Capital Group.
“ESG is an area of great strategic importance for us and our clients, and we will continue to invest resources in it.”
Ms Ground added: “Investors increasingly place ESG considerations as a top priority to inform their investment decisions.
“I look forward to working alongside the experienced Capital Group team to further integrate ESG factors into the firm’s investment process and deliver services that align with clients’ growing expectations.”
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