JP Morgan Asset Management has appointed a new head of investment stewardship and hired an ESG expert as part of its “ongoing commitment to sustainable investment”.
Felix Lam will join JPMAM as head of investment stewardship for Asia, ex-Japan. Mr Lam will be responsible for overseeing JPMAM’s regional stewardship approach by leading corporate engagement and overseeing proxy voting and stewardship reporting. The role is based in Hong Kong and reports to Jennifer Wu, global head of sustainable investing.
“Felix brings extensive expertise in equity research and ESG engagement, particularly in Greater China companies. He will help us to significantly boost our Investment Stewardship efforts,” Ms Wu said.
Mr Lam joins after eight years at CCB International Securities, where he most recently held the role of head of power, energy and materials research. Before that, he was head of materials and China property research at Daiwa Capital Markets.
Also joining is Robert Harden, who will step into the role of sustainable investing research analyst with a focus on expanding the firm’s Asia sustainable investing research. Mr Harden was previously a data scientist on JPMAM’s trading research team.
“Robert’s addition to the team will accelerate our work in utilizing data science and artificial intelligence, as we believe harnessing data will significantly advance sustainable investing,” Ms Wu said.
“With a dedicated and growing team on the ground in Asia, working closely with our portfolio managers and research analysts across the region who are focused on ESG, as well as partnering with clients to deliver innovative solutions and impacts, we are excited about continuing to strengthen our ongoing commitment to sustainability.”