AXA IM adds ESG chief to systematic branch

AXA Investment Managers Rosenberg Equities, part of French asset manager AXA IM, has appointed Kathryn McDonald as head of Sustainable Investing.

The manager is pushing to integrate ESG considerations into all AXA IM Rosenberg Equities’ portfolios by the end of 2017.

It is understood McDonald has been into her new role since the start of May. AXA IM Rosenberg Equities will work closely with the firm’s responsible investment team to leverage their quantitative and qualitative ESG insights and include these when building portfolios.

McDonald joined AXA IM in 1999 where she served among others as director of investment strategy, senior strategist for emerging markets and Asia ex-Japan and head of Investments for Australia/New Zealand.

Kathleen Houssels, global CIO of AXA IM Rosenberg Equities, commented: “From a primarily economic perspective, we see ESG data as a natural complement to the traditional financial statement information that forms the backbone of our views on companies. Our research shows that ESG factors can be an incremental source of value add and risk reduction. ESG information is naturally long-term and therefore fits well with our fundamental investment philosophy.”

Heidi Ridley, CEO of AXA IM Rosenberg Equities, said: “We believe the winners of the future will be well-run companies that successfully adapt to tomorrow’s challenges. We are confident that Kathryn’s expertise in the subject matter and our close working partnership with AXA IM’s Responsible Investment team will help us to successfully reach our ESG ambitions.”

Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is deputy editor and French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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