Comgest adds one to ESG team

French asset manager Comgest has appointed Eric Voravong as ESG analyst, making him the third analyst dedicated to ESG of Comgest’s 42-strong investment team.

In his role, Voravong will take specific responsibility for ESG coverage of Asian companies, working with Comgest’s analysts and portfolio managers as part of the firm’s approach to fully integrating ESG analysis into the investment process.

Voravong will work alongside Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel, portfolio manager and responsible for ESG analysis of European and US companies, and Yann Gerain, covering EMEA, Latin American and Japanese companies for ESG analysis.

Voravong tallies over 27 years’ industry experience, having worked for BNP Paribas and ADI Alternative Investments.

He joins Comgest from the role of founder of his own independent investment consultancy, with which he collaborated with Comgest on strategic projects for over eight years, including the formalisation of ESG integration which dates back to 2010.

Comgest’s ESG team reports directly to Arnaud Cosserat, CEO and CIO at Comgest.

Cosserat said: “As we are fundamental, long-term investors focused on selecting sustainable, high-quality growth companies, responsible investment has always been an integral part of our investment philosophy. We are convinced that ESG research not only makes us better investors but also better stewards of our clients’ capital, as we engage with companies and encourage them to evolve into better corporate citizens.”

Comgest had assets under management of over €21.8bn as at 31 December 2016.

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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