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Columbia Threadneedle boosts ESG team with two hires

Columbia Threadneedle boosts ESG team with two hires

Threadneedle has hired two analysts to bolster its responsible investment team.

Olivia Watson, who joins from Principles for Responsible Investment, has been recruited as a senior analyst. She will be tasked with investor engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as investment research.

Jess Williams, who was at S&P Global Ratings, will be a portfolio analyst. While she was at S&P Global Ratings, Williams developed sustainable financial products. She also worked for the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance at the Climate Policy Initiative in Venice.

Both joined on December 3, increasing the size of the responsible investment team to 12.

The pair will report to Chris Anker, lead analyst for the EMEA region.

Global head of responsible investment Iain Richards said: 'Investors are increasingly seeking to capture the value of effective ESG integration and understand the wider consequences of their investment choices.

'Olivia and Jess both join with strong experience of sustainable finance and knowledge of social and ethical issues, and will help us to continue to meet our clients’ needs through providing valuable support to our portfolio managers.'

Last month, the company crowned Mark Burgess the new chair of the Investment Association's (IA) investment committee.

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