Comgest has hired two ESG experts based in Paris.
Alix Faure will take up the newly created role of head of responsible development from French asset management industry body AFG, where she was head of sustainable investment. There she was responsible for managing strategic ESG projects across the rapidly evolving French landscape and devising industry-wide ESG standards, as well as being the firm’s ESG spokesperson and lobbyist for Sustainable Finance at the French and European Union (EU) legislative levels.
Marie Gauthier joins as ESG specialist from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), where she was assistant vice-president of sustainable finance. Gauthier led on engagement efforts with global investors to encourage positive change and worked with asset managers to build ESG awareness and action concerning issues such as biodiversity loss, deforestation and ocean sustainability. Before that she was a corporate responsibility manager at PwC Singapore.
Both join Comgest’s ESG team led by head of responsible investment Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel (pictured). The team now has eight members: five ESG analysts and portfolio managers who sit within the Investment team and three experts dedicated to responsible development.
Thévoux-Chabuel said: “We are thrilled to onboard Alix’s expertise in coordinating complex ESG projects and being at the forefront of leading industry action as well as Marie’s experience of leading collaborative industry engagements.”