Investment firm Capital Group announced today that it has hired industry veteran Jessica Ground as its new Global Head of ESG.

In her new role, Ms. Ground will be responsible for incorporating Capital Group’s ESG approach into its investment process globally, working with teams across the enterprise including Investment Groups, Distribution, Marketing and Technology. The position also involves actively representing the firm in organizations promoting ESG issues across the business landscape.

Prior to joining Capital Group, Ground spent 20 years at Schroders, most recently serving as Global Head of Stewardship. In that role, she was responsible for ensuring full ESG integration into Schroders investment process, as well as for managing the portfolios ethically constrained clients. Ground also served as a fund manager and analyst at the firm.

Ms. Ground is a Board Member of the Investor Forum, and also serves as Chair of The Investment Association’s Stewardship Committee.

Welcoming Ms. Ground to her new role, Rob Lovelace, Vice Chairman, Capital Group said:

“At Capital Group, we have a long history of conducting deep fundamental research and engaging closely with portfolio companies on ESG issues. We’re delighted to appoint someone of Jessica’s calibre and experience to work with our teams to further integrate ESG at Capital Group. ESG is an area of great strategic importance for us and our clients, and we will continue to invest resources to it.”

Ms. Ground commented:

“I’m thrilled to join a company with such a distinct investment process, strong track record and longevity. Investors increasingly place ESG considerations as a top priority to inform their investment decisions. I look forward to working alongside the experienced Capital Group team to further integrate ESG factors into the firm’s investment process and deliver services that align with clients’ growing expectations.”