NGS Super has announced the appointment of Susan Ding as senior manager of international shares and Johnny Lambridis as senior manager of Australian shares.
Ms Ding has nearly 20 years of experience in finance and superannuation, including roles at T-Corp and iCare, while Mr Lambridis has over 25 years of experience, including more than 10 years as a portfolio manager at M&G Investments and Element Investment Managers.
In her new role, NGS said that Ms Ding would be responsible for managing the fund’s international shares portfolio and selecting investment managers as part of its focus on tapping into potential growth opportunities from international shares.
Meanwhile, the fund said that Mr Lambridis would use his well-established expertise in stock selection and company engagement to build on the fund’s returns from Australian shares.
“We’re thoroughly committed to building a brighter and more sustainable future for our members, and the addition of Susan and Johnny will position us to progress and strengthen our capabilities in key sectors, both in Australia and overseas,” commented NGS Super CIO Ben Squires.
“Having Susan and Johnny on board means our investments team can both continue to drive sustainable and long-term value outcomes from our existing international and Australian assets, while being even more alive to future growth opportunities.”
NGS stated that the two new hires would further secure its pathway towards reaching a carbon neutral investment portfolio by 2030, which it said was a priority for the fund.
“This includes leading edge work to obtain an accurate baseline measurement of the carbon intensity of its investment portfolio and completing a scenario analysis of both listed and unlisted assets to create a robust carbon reduction glide path,” the fund explained.
“This will enable the fund to effectively model carbon reduction scenarios over time, taking into consideration key factors such risk, return and tracking error.”
The industry super fund is also targeting a 35 per cent reduction in carbon across its investment portfolio by 2025 and confirmed it has recently divested from oil and gas exploration, and production companies including Woodside and Santos.
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