Janus Henderson has appointed a new global head of ESG as it expands its focus on long-term sustainable business practices amid the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Paul LaCoursiere, CFA will step into the role of global head of ESG at Janus Henderson, bringing more than 20 years of investment research capability to the firm and driving the integration of ESG across its investment strategies. He will be based in the company’s London office and report to global chief investment officer Enrique Chang.
“We believe there is a correlation between the evaluation of ESG factors and identifying companies that will grow and succeed in the future,” Mr Chang said.
“With Paul’s hire, Janus Henderson is demonstrating how seriously we take ESG considerations. Paul augments our existing strong capabilities with his experience and leadership skills which will further embed ESG capabilities within our investment philosophies”.
Mr LaCoursiere joins Janus Henderson from Aviva Investors, where he was most recently global head of ESG research. He has also held senior portfolio manager, client portfolio manager, and senior fixed-income strategist roles with Chicago Equity Partners, Barclays Global Investors, and Munder Capital Management.
“I believe the transition to a low-carbon economy is a trend that will continue,” said Janus Henderson Australia head Matt Gaden.
“During COVID, we have been given an accidental glimpse into a low-carbon future. Cities have been quieter and with a marked reduction in air travel we have seen a significant drop in air pollution levels. In Australia, we are also witnessing more investors and those who advise them, demand investment portfolios that reflect their broader values.”
Mr LaCoursiere’s appointment is effective on 6 January 2021.