Janus Henderson hires AB’s chief responsibility officer

Michelle Dunstan worked at AB for 18 years

Michelle Dunstan has left her role as chief responsibility officer at AllianceBernstein (AB) to take up the same role at Janus Henderson.

Dunstan worked at AB for 18 years in a variety of roles including as global equities portfolio manager and senior research analyst, and most recently chief responsibility officer.

At Janus Henderson she will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s corporate responsibility and responsible investing efforts, reporting to Ali Dibadj, Janus Henderson’s CEO.

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Based in the US, Dunstan will work closely with the existing ESG teams on their RI approaches and frameworks.

Dibadj said: “I’ve known Michelle for many years; she is a hugely talented and dynamic figure. Michelle augments our existing capabilities with her experience and leadership skills and will further embed corporate responsibility and responsible investing capabilities across our company. I know she will be an effective advocate for appropriate sustainability work both within the company and in the industry at large.”

Dunstan added: “It is an exciting time of great change and positive momentum – both for Janus Henderson and for responsibility. Janus Henderson’s rich history of providing differentiated insights and disciplined investments places it well to lead in developing both the ESG thought leadership and the portfolio solutions that will help our clients achieve their goals. I look forward to working with Janus Henderson’s existing talented teams to continue to advance and strengthen the organisation on its responsibility journey.”

Update

At AB, Erin Bigley has been named the firm’s new chief responsibility officer overseeing the firm’s responsible investing strategy, extensive research, engagement, stewardship activities, corporate responsibility, and continued integration of responsible investing into key strategic decisions.

She has worked at AB for 20 years most recently as the head of fixed income responsible investing and having served as a founding member of the firm’s Responsible Investment Steering Committee.

“Erin has served as an integral and incredibly effective leader of our fixed income and responsible investing efforts at AllianceBernstein,” said Seth Bernstein, president and CEO at AB. “Erin’s extensive industry knowledge and passion for responsibility, combined with her more than 20 years of leadership and investment experience at the firm, will only enhance AB’s commitment to responsibility on behalf of our clients, colleagues, and communities.”

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Natalie Kenway

Natalie is global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist for 16 years. She won Editor of the Year at the Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards 2021, and was Winner...