Wells Fargo Asset Management has appointed Hannah Skeates as global head of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). Based in London, Skeateswill report to Fredrik Axsater, head of WFAM Strategic Business Segments.
In this role, she is responsible for creating and executing a holistic vision for the ESG segment within WFAM, Wells Fargo's asset management division, which includes 28 investment teams. She will also partner across Wells Fargo's Wealth and Investment Management (WIM) division to ensure a unified ESG vision and approach throughout the broader organisation.
Skeatesjoined Well Fargo in January from S&P Dow Jones Indices, where she served as head of global ESG strategy. Prior to that, she served in various roles at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors in US and Europe, including as the iShares global head of sustainable investments and head of iShares EMEA product strategy.
The appointment is part of ongoing effort to expand and enhance its ESG capabilities.
In August 2018, Chris McKnett joined Well Fargo AM as senior ESG investment strategist from State Street Global Advisors. McKnettis focused on leveraging company's solutions-focused approach to help clients develop and implement ESG strategies, as well as leading the global marketplace through proprietary ESG research.
Jessica Mann, CFA, is taking on the newly established role of head of Stewardship for Well Fargo AM. In addition to her role as a senior ESG advisor, Jessica will focus on strengthening the firm's proxy voting effort and company engagement, as well as forming stronger ties with Wells Fargo corporate responsibility initiatives. Jessica joined Wells Fargo in 2003.
McKnettand Mann are both based in San Francisco and will report to Skeates.