Morningstar is continuing its efforts to expand its reach in sustainability research, following the closing this month of the independent investment research firm’s landmark acquisition of ESG research and ratings firm Sustainalytics. Morningstar has now announced the appointment of Hortense Bioy to the newly created position of Director of Sustainability Research for Manager Research for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions.

Ms. Bioy has been with Morningstar for over 10 years, most recently in the role of Director of Passive Strategies and Sustainability Research, Europe. She has also held the positions of Director of ETFs, Europe, and Senior ETF analyst at the firm. Prior to joining Morningstar, Bioy was a TV presenter for Bloomberg News. In her new role, she will be responsible for driving and promoting Morningstar’s sustainable research across EMEA and APAC.

Jeffrey Ptak, Morningstar’s Head of Manager Research, said:

“Given Hortense’s passion for ESG and our ambitions in this area, we felt now was a logical time to fully dedicate her to sustainability research. We’re excited about Hortense helping us to further advance our goal of imprinting ‘investors first’ values on sustainable investing through insightful analysis and thought leadership in her new role.”

The company stated that Bioy will be based in be based in London and report to Ptak. She will also work closely with Jon Hale, Director of Sustainability Research for the Americas, based in the United States, ensuring the sustainability team has global coverage.