Global systematic investing company Acadian Asset Management announced today that it has hired Andy Moniz, appointing him as its new Director of Responsible Investing. In his new role, Moniz will lead the firm’s global ESG efforts and will oversee the firm’s ESG strategies, related research initiatives, and active ownership tactics. Moniz will also serve as the chair for Acadian’s Responsible Investing Committee. 

Brendan Bradley, Chief Investment Officer at Acadian, said:

“We are thrilled to have Andy join the team to lead Acadian’s global ESG initiatives and help further shape our responsible investing approach. Andy’s wealth of experience with ESG strategies in quantitative finance and data science will be a tremendous asset as we continue to evolve our research efforts and expand our sustainable solutions in this important space.”

Prior to joining Acadian, Moniz worked at Putnam Investments, where he served as Director of Applied Data Science Investments, leading a team of data scientists focused on the creation of NLP long-short thematic and ESG strategies. Before joining Putnam, Moniz served as Managing Director, Chief Data Scientist and Head of Quant Equity Research at Deutsche Bank.

Acadian integrates an array of ESG factors into its core investment process. According to the firm, these factors are the products of an extensive, 30-year research program into signals that further its clients’ sustainability and investment objectives. The firm was the first quantitative manager to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2009. Acadian currently manages $107 billion in assets.

Moniz said:

“I’m excited to continue to build upon the firm’s robust responsible investing strategy and approach. Acadian is a thought leader within systematic ESG investing, and I look forward to adding to the firm’s longtime efforts to evaluate and incorporate ESG considerations into its process to improve clients’ investment outcomes over the long term.”