Hermes EOS hires associate directors

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Hermes Investment Management has bolstered Hermes Equity Ownership Services (EOS) with two Associate Directors.

Hermes EOS has seen growing demand as institutional investors increasingly seek to become active owners of public companies. In 2014, the team engaged with 446 companies on a range of 1,197 environmental, social and ethical, governance, strategy and risk issues, a significant increase on the previous year.

Christine Chow Knowles joins Hermes EOS as associate director – Engagement, from Homage Consulting, Hong Kong where she was managing director carrying out advisory, management consulting and education services for institutional asset managers and private clients. She was previously a portfolio manager and an investment consultant with Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow.

Joining the engagement team alongside Christine, Jaime Gornsztejn has also been appointed as associate director – Engagement. Jaime has moved to Hermes EOS from The Brazilian National Economic Development Bank (BNDES) where in his role as Managing Director and Board Member he led the establishment of BNDES’s first overseas subsidiary.

BNDES is the main source of long term funding for industrial and infrastructure projects in Brazil and one of the country’s main institutional investors.

Colin Melvin, CEO Hermes EOS, said: “There is a groundswell of demand for company engagement, monitoring and voting services among investors, and Hermes EOS’ new hires will help us meet the requirements of our clients around the world.

“The depth and breadth of our new hires reflect our philosophy that ownership activities require an integrated and skilled approach, informed by significant hands-on experience of business management and strategy. We are pleased to welcome Christine and Jamie to our team.”

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