Natixis Investment Managers affiliate Mirova has added a proxy voting and engagement lead for its US arm.
Lindsey Apple has been named as the new lead, set to collaborate with portfolio managers and management on voting and engagement decisions across the US and Europe.
Mirova stated the role will be crucial to its long-term value creation with sustainable development and it is a step towards boosting it in active ownership.
Previously, Ms Apple worked for MFS Investment Management for eight years, with her most recent title being corporate governance and proxy analyst.
She will be based in Boston and report to Mathilde Dufour, head of global sustainability research for listed asset and Amber Baker, deputy chief executive of Mirova US.
Nathalie Wallace, head of ESG strategy and development at Mirova US commented the firm’s growth in assets under management had led to believe its voting rights is both a responsibility to clients and a driver in promoting sustainability.
“I have been passionate about corporate sustainability for a long time period, and I’m excited to bring my many years of working with management teams and boards to an organisation committed to sustainable investing,” Ms Apple added.
“Mirova is well positioned to be a market leader in advocating for the corporate world’s transition to sustainable governance and I can’t wait to help shape this change.”
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