Ossiam, the smart beta investment specialist and affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, has appointed Clarisse Simonek as Head of Responsible Investment and Sustainability. …
Clarisse Simonek as Head of Responsible Investment and Sustainability
Appoints CFO/CRO Philippe Chanzy as Deputy CEO
The new role, which will report directly to the company’s CEO, Bruno Poulin, consolidates Ossiam’s commitment to integrating ESG within its funds and across its operations. Ms Simonek will lead the firm’s responsible investment strategy and related product development, as well as the company’s sustainability initiatives.
Ossiam is also pleased to announce that Philippe Chanzy, the company’s CFO and CRO, has been appointed as Deputy CEO of Ossiam. Mr Chanzy has had overall responsibility for Ossiam’s finance and risk management since 2010.
Ms Simonek has worked for asset owners, fund managers and social enterprises across Europe and the Americas and has held executive and non-executive management roles. She joins Ossiam from the UK’s Local Pensions Partnership’s (LPP) Investment Strategy department, which advises pension trustees on asset allocation and responsible investment, including climate risk. She is a trustee of social enterprises and runs a professional network for aspiring young pension trustees. She is also the academic advisor to the CFA Institute UK on its ESG Investing curriculum.
Previously, Ms Simonek led the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) initiative with investors to develop tools for responsible investment. She has also worked for Mirova, another Natixis Investment Managers affiliate.
She has a joint MBA-MSc from HEC Paris/Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil) in sustainability and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Bruno Poulin, CEO of Ossiam, said: “No one in the investment industry can have missed the fundamental shift in attitudes to sustainable investing, with investors making record allocations to sustainable investments. To invest responsibly in the most effective way and with credibility requires deep expertise, which Clarisse has in abundance. Her background and professional experience are impeccable and we are excited to have her join Ossiam. She will play an important part in shaping Ossiam’s social responsibility and how we take advantage of the investment opportunities in ESG that lie ahead.”
Clarisse Simonek, Head of Responsible Investment and Sustainability, added: “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of responsible investment at Ossiam, which has a reputation for successfully applying fresh ideas from original research to investment strategies. I’m excited at the prospect of deepening how ESG is integrated at Ossiam to ensure we’re at the forefront of ESG investment practice.”