The International business of Federated Hermes announced today the appointment of Gemma Corrigan as Head of Policy and Advocacy, responsible for developing and leading the implementation of the firm’s advocacy programme.

Corrigan will work within Federated Hermes International’s Responsibility Office, and report to Leon Kamhi, Head of Responsibility.

Kamhi said:

“Gemma has a strong multidisciplinary background which covers ESG, public policy and sustainability amongst many other things. She has a wealth of experience driving complex and ambitious initiatives, all of which will be enormously valuable to us in our continued efforts to demonstrate and drive positive change within our industry. Gemma will be a great asset to our team and we look forward to working with her.”

According to the firm, Corrigan’s responsibilities will include engaging with external stakeholders to advocate for industry progress on sustainability issues ranging from climate change and human capital management to corporate governance, and on how the investment industry can better serve clients and investors. Additionally, she and Kamhi will develop the firm’s responsibility policy and climate change strategy and oversee its implementation.

Prior to joining the International business of Federated Hermes, Corrigan worked for over eight years for the World Economic Forum (WEF), most recently serving as Lead, Sustainable Markets and Senior Economist, with a focus on accelerating a transition to sustainable markets and rapid decarbonization of the global economy.

Corrigan said:

“I am delighted to be joining the International business of Federated Hermes at such a pivotal time for responsible investment. Federated Hermes has a long and successful track record of driving real change across the investment industry by way of their stewardship, advocacy and policy programmes, and look forward to building upon this to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world and global economy.”