GMO hires new head of ESG

Deborah Ng will lead the company's sustainable initiatives

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo (GMO) has recently hired a new head of ESG and sustainability.

In her new position, Deborah Ng is tasked with “leading and accelerating the firm’s ESG and sustainability-related initiatives,” Boston-based GMO said in a statement.

Ng was previously head of responsible investing for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Deborah Ng

The firm added more about the new position: “Specific areas of focus will include working closely with the firm’s investment teams as they conduct innovative research and further integrate material ESG factors into their processes; partnering with members of GMO’s Investment Stewardship Group to expand issuer engagement activities; and advancing the firm’s own sustainability goals.”

Ng sits on the United Church Pension Plan’s investment committee and previously was on the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark’s board.