Loomis Sayles hires ESG leader

Colleen Denzler was most recently at Smith Capital Investors

Loomis Sayles has hired industry veteran Colleen Denzler to lead its ESG efforts, the Boston-based firm announced today.

Denzler, who has been in the industry for 35 years, previously worked at Calvert Asset Management, Janus Henderson, American Century Investments, First Affirmative Financial Network and most recently Smith Capital Investors, where she led the company’s ESG integration work. At Loomis Sayles, she fills a role that was last held by Kathleen Bochman, who left last year to become managing director of research for ESG at Fidelity Investments.

Denzler reports to Loomis Sayles chief investment officer David Waldman and has responsibility to “advance the firm’s already well-established ESG initiatives, support sustainability efforts as part of Loomis Sayles’ own governance, ensure investment teams have access to ESG data and research and help to provide solutions for [its] clients’ increasing ESG needs,” the company said in the announcement.

“Good governance and sustainable business practices are inherent factors in our decision-making as long-term investors who seek to deliver superior long-term, risk-adjusted returns to our clients,” Waldman said in the announcement. “Colleen’s extensive background will be an asset as we strive to leverage ESG insights and data in our investment processes and to design products consistent with clients’ ESG objectives.”

Denzler is a member of ESG Clarity’s US advisory committee.