Newton Investment Management Limited, part of global investment company BNY Mellon announced today the appointment of Therese Niklasson as Global Head of Sustainable Investment. Niklasson will join the Newton executive committee, and be responsible for driving the company’s strategic plan for responsible and sustainable investment globally.

Niklasson will report to Euan Munro, CEO of Newton Mellon Investment Management.

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Munro said:

“Therese’s extensive experience and proven track record in building global ESG capabilities and influencing and transforming investment teams’ approach to sustainability issues, will be instrumental in driving Newton’s vision and continued development of our sustainable investment franchise.”

In her new role, Niklasson will oversee the responsible research agenda and lead the integration, measurement and evidencing of ESG factors within the investment processes, manage the development of Newton’s responsible investment team, provide oversight of governance and processes relating to responsible and sustainable investing, and advance the further development and innovation of the company’s product capabilities to deliver sustainable investment outcomes.

Niklasson joins the company from global asset manager Ninety One Plc, where she most recently served as Global Head of Sustainability, responsible for leading the development and execution of the firm’s sustainability strategy. She also held other positions at the company, including Global Head of ESG, and Global Head of ESG Research. Prior to that, she served as Head of Governance and Responsible Investment at Threadneedle Investments.

Munro added:

“As a purposeful owner, Newton seeks to be long-term in its approach, selective in its choices, deep in its research and active in its engagement, always for the benefit of its clients. Our global head of sustainable investment is a pivotal role, leading the next stage in our 40-year responsible investment journey to help shape and promote awareness of Newton’s sustainable investment strategies and approach to responsible investment.”