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Janus Henderson poaches AB chief responsibility officer

Janus Henderson poaches AB chief responsibility officer

By Keith Ford
2 minute read

Janus Henderson Group has appointed a new chief responsibility officer.

Set to join the global active asset manager on 9 January 2023, Michelle Dunstan will move from AllianceBernstein, where she has spent the last 18 years, most recently as chief responsibility officer.

Ms Dunstan will be based in the US and report to Janus Henderson chief executive Ali Dibadj, who also moved from AllianceBernstein in June this year.

Janus Henderson said Ms Dunstan has “deep knowledge and experience in ESG” and will work closely with existing ESG teams to “define the optimal approaches and frameworks for our responsible investing and corporate responsibility efforts”.

“With Michelle’s hire as Janus Henderson’s chief responsibility officer, the firm is taking another big strategic step forward to deliver on behalf of our clients,” Mr Dibadj said.

“I’ve known Michelle for many years; she is a hugely talented and dynamic figure. Michelle augments our existing capabilities with her experience and leadership skills, and will further embed corporate responsibility and responsible investing capabilities across our company. I know she will be an effective advocate for appropriate sustainability work both within the company and in the industry at large.”

Ms Dunstan’s hire follows the recent appointments of John Cassaday as chair, Brian Baldwin of Trian Partners as an independent non-executive director, and Michael Schweitzer as head of retail distribution, North America.

I’m thrilled to be joining Janus Henderson. It is an exciting time of great change and positive momentum — both for Janus Henderson and for responsibility,” Ms Dunstan said.

“Janus Henderson’s rich history of providing differentiated insights and disciplined investments places it well to lead in developing both the ESG thought leadership and the portfolio solutions that will help our clients achieve their goals. I look forward to working with Janus Henderson’s existing talented teams to continue to advance and strengthen the organization on its responsibility journey.”