BlackRock Builds out EMEA Sustainable Investing Team
Investment giant BlackRock has made a series of new senior appointments to its Sustainable Investing EMEA team, building out a new Client Solutions pillar, according to an internal memo seen by ESG Today. The pillar will be led by Ewa Jackson, who has been appointed to the new role of Head of Sustainable Client Solutions for EMEA.
According to the memo by BlackRock Head of Sustainability, EMEA, Stéphane Lapiquonne, the Client Solutions team will be responsible for working with clients to develop sustainable investing strategies, delivering a regional narrative around BlackRock’s sustainability platform, educating internal and external stakeholders on the firm’s capabilities, and leading strategic client initiatives.
Under the newly reorganized structure, Client Solutions will sit alongside the EMEA sustainable investing teams other two pillars, Product Solutions, and External Engagement.
Jackson joined BlackRock in 2017, and has been serving as a Director of the BlackRock Sustainable Investing team. In her new role, she will oversee a new team of local heads of sustainability, who will in turn work with country teams, delivering sustainable products and services to help clients meet heir goals.
Other new appointments to the team include Charlotte Månsson as Head of Sustainability for the Nordic region, who joins the firm from her role as Senior Vice President, ESG Product Strategy & Integration at Sustainalytics; David Hickey as Head of Sustainability for the UK, joining from Lothian Pension Fund, where he served as Responsible Investment Lead, and; Julie Ansidei, who expands her current role at the firm as Head of EMEA External Engagement to also act as Head of Sustainability for France. Ansidei joined BlackRock earlier this year after serving as Head of Strategy and Sustainable Finance at France’s market regulator AMF.
BlackRock aims to continue building out the team with plans to announce Heads of Sustainability for additional regions including Germany and the Netherlands later this year.
“Accounting for over 60% of BlackRock’s sustainable flows in 2021 and 2020, EMEA has been at the forefront of BlackRock’s sustainability journey over the past several years. UK and European policymakers, asset allocators and other stakeholders have been leading their counterparts globally in shaping the future of sustainable investing. For many of our clients in the region, sustainability is a core component of their investment strategy to manage risk and generate returns for their beneficiaries.”