Professional services, consulting and investment solutions provider Mercer announced today the appointment of Max Messervy Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas. In his new role, Messervy will be responsible for sustainable investments for clients across North and South America, working across Mercer’s Investment & Retirement business to uncover top sustainable investment opportunities for the firm’s clients.

Messervy said:

“Mercer’s clients understand the increasing pressure to balance their fiduciary obligations with the interests of broader stakeholders and new ESG and climate-related regulations. The shift from voluntary, investor-led sustainability approaches towards greater regulatory scrutiny of sustainable investment practices will impact investors of all sizes across all sectors.”

Messervy joined Mercer in 2018, serving most recently as Senior Consultant in Mercer’s US Sustainable Investment team, advising institutional investors on sustainable investment strategies, integration of ESG factors, and impact investment, as well as climate and decarbonization approaches throughout investment processes. Before joining Mercer, he worked at sustainability-focused non-profit Ceres, serving as a Senior Manager in the organization’s Insurance practice.

The announcement follows a significant expansion last year by Mercer of its global sustainable investment team, with hires across Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, US and UK. To date, Mercer’s Outsourced Chief Investment Office has committed more than $80 billion of diversified funds to net zero targets and implemented $30 billion in dedicated sustainable investment solutions.

Jo Holden, Global Head of Investment Research at Mercer, said:

“Since joining Mercer in 2018, Max has helped dozens of clients navigate the shifting regulatory and stakeholder pressures around sustainable investment issues. His diverse experience with private, government, and not-for-profit sectors will be valuable in helping asset owners as they pursue strong risk-adjusted returns in an increasingly complex environment.”