Credit ratings, commentary, and research provider Fitch Ratings announced today that it has appointed Marina Petroleka as Global Head of ESG Research for its Sustainable Finance Group.

In her new role, Petroleka will lead Fitch’s global ESG research team that focuses on thematic and cross-sector ESG research using internal and external datasets. The appointment comes as Fitch continues to build out its offerings of ESG analytical products, including the recently introduced ESG Vulnerability Scores, and ESG materiality tools.

Petroleka has worked within the Fitch group of companies since 2007, and joined the Fitch Ratings Credit Policy Group in 2020 with a focus on cross-sector, thematic credit research, ensuring comprehensive analysis and awareness on major credit risks across asset classes. She also recently held the role of Global Head of Industry Research at Fitch Solutions.

Petroleka will report to Andrew Steel, Managing Director, and Fitch Ratings’ Global Group Head of Sustainable Finance. Steel said:

“Since its inception in 2019, our suite of ESG analytical products has grown rapidly to include credit-focused ESG Relevance Scores, sector-focused Vulnerability Scores, and market-leading thematic research.In 2021 we have our sights set on further increasing our presence and reach in ESG, while maintaining our reputation for quality, in-depth and independent insights and opinions. I am delighted that Marina, with her depth of research experience, is joining our team at this exciting point in our development.”