Standard Life Investments creates ESG role

Investment manager Standard Life Investments says it has appointed Euan Stirling to the new role of head of stewardship and ESG (environmental and social governance) Investment.  It says the creation of this role reflects the importance that it and its clients attach to this significant part of their investment process across all asset classes.

Stirling joined Standard Life Investments in January 2001 from Schroder Investment Management.  As a senior fund manager and investment analyst in the UK Equity Team, he has managed a range of institutional UK equity portfolios for both public and private sector pension schemes.

Chief investment officer Rod Paris said: “It is testament to the depth of talent we have in our investment team that we have been able to fill this role internally. Euan’s expertise in company analysis, portfolio management and client relations equip him well to ensure that the outstanding stewardship capability of our Governance & Stewardship and Responsible Investment teams is fully embedded within our Focus on Change investment process.

“This new role will enable us to enhance our client offering in an area where we are already regarded as market leaders and will ensure that Standard Life Investments continues to be at the forefront of Stewardship and ESG Investment.

“Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank Guy Jubb for his contribution to the business and in particular for over the last 20 years, where he has played a major role in helping to build Standard Life Investments’ reputation as a leader in the governance & stewardship arena.” Jubb will continue to lead engagement with companies until he retires on March 31.