Private equity investor Onex announced today the appointment of Judy Cotte as Head of ESG. In her new role, Cotte will be responsible for leading the firm’s ESG efforts, with a focus on enhancing Onex’ investment processes across its platforms, partnering with investors and clients to help meet investment objectives and reporting requirements, and aligning the firm with industry best-practices.

Bobby Le Blanc, President of Onex and Head of Onex Partners, said:

“There is a strong connection between being responsible stewards of capital and having good ESG practices. Onex has been a responsible investor since our founding and we’re excited to welcome Judy to the team to further enhance our ESG efforts. Our intention is to not only create investment value, but to have a more positive impact on the industries we invest in and the communities we serve. Judy will play an important role in the continued success of our firm.”

Prior to joining Onex, Cotte founded and served as CEO of ESG Global Advisors, assisting boards of directors in understanding how shareholders view the ESG-related risks and opportunities of their business, and in managing and communicating those ESG factors, and also working with institutional investors and other capital market participants to improve their approach to ESG-related issues and opportunities. Cotte also served as the Head of Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment for RBC Global Asset Management.

Cotte said:

“We’ve seen positive momentum in the evolution of ESG practices. Onex has an opportunity to build on its strong foundation and create real value and drive strategic change directly from our own efforts and through partnering with the companies we invest in. I’m pleased to be joining a team that shares my belief that good ESG practices can have a significant positive impact for all stakeholders.”