Aegon Asset Management announced today a series of new hires for its Responsible Investment Team. The new appointments include Andy Woods as a Responsible Investment Manager, supporting the Equities and Multi-Asset investment platforms, Curtis Zappala as Responsible Investment Associate, and Jamie McAloon as Responsible Investment Associate, supporting the Equities and Multi-Asset investment platforms.

With the new hires, Aegon’s AM Responsible Investment team rows to 17 specialists.

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Woods will be based in the UK and he will be responsible for the voting activities and related engagements with companies within Aegon AM’s portfolios. Prior to joining the company, Woods spearheaded the Institutional Voting Information Service of the Association of British Insurers.

Zappala’will be based in the U.S, where he will focus on ESG integration and engagement, and supporting Aegon AM’s fixed asset investment platform. He joins the company from United Parcel Service (UPS), where he was a member of the sustainability team.

In his role, McAloon will also be based in the UK and will be primarily responsible for supporting the sustainable range of products with analysis of existing and potential holdings, according to Aegon AM’s sustainability research framework. McAloon joins from Abrdn, where he was a Private Equity Finance Analyst.

Brunno Maradei, Head of Responsible Investment at Aegon AM said:

 “We have built a comprehensive responsible investment approach, with a 30-year history of investing in this area. The three new appointments allow us to continue our work, broadening our expertise, knowledge and skills base. I’d like to welcome Curtis, Andy and Jamie to the team and look forward to the fresh perspective and enthusiasm they will bring.”