Schroders promotes ESG head as Ground departs

Schroders promotes ESG head as Ground departs

Schroders’ global head of stewardship, Jessica Ground, has left the firm after more than 20 years to be succeeded by Andy Howard.

Mr Howard, who has been promoted to global head of sustainable investment from his former role of head of sustainable research, will take on Ms Ground's responsibilities as well as maintaining his existing work in sustainability research.

Ms Ground decided to leave the firm to “take the next step in her career” after first joining Schroders as a graduate in 1997.

Over the years she has held a number of roles within the investment division including as a fund manager and analyst.

Charles Prideaux, global head of investment at Schroders, said: “We recognise that our ability to deliver value to our clients hinges on developing and applying sustainability insights that will strengthen performance and meet their increasing ESG outcome requirements. 

“Andy Howard’s appointment will ensure our sustainable investment strategy continues to focus on developing these insights and integrating them into our investment platform as well as into our stewardship agenda.

“We would like to thank Jessica Ground for all her hard work and dedication to Schroders and wish her the very best in the future.”

Schroders’ sustainable investment team is made up of 22 ESG specialists who are responsible for analysis, engagement, voting and facilitating ESG integration into investment processes.

The firm has committed to fully integrating ESG across all of its managed assets by the end of 2020.

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