Mercer bolsters ESG and governance expertise

Mercer bolsters ESG and governance expertise

Mercer bolsters ESG and governance expertise

  • 16 June 2014
  • Australia, Melbourne

Mercer’s role as a major player in the investment consulting and governance arena has been strengthened with the appointment of Alexis Cheang to the role of Senior Responsible Investment Consultant within Mercer’s Responsible Investment team.

Mercer has 13 Responsible Investment consultants worldwide who specialise in advising boards of superannuation funds, insurance companies, foundations and endowments on sustainable and responsible investment matters.

Ms Cheang is based in Sydney and will strengthen Mercer’s expert RI capabilities as she takes a lead on working with Mercer’s investment clients in helping them implement Mercer’s recently launched Framework for Sustainable Growth and addressing corporate governance risks.

Mercer Partner and Head of Mercer’s Responsible Investments for Asia Pacific, Helga Birgden, said, “Implementing sustainable growth in investments is vital to the risk, return and reputation of our clients’ funds and Alexis brings international expertise to our global team. In light of new industry requirements to publish a proxy voting policy and disclose voting results, Alexis will also add her expertise to our advisory work on governance, voting and engagement.

“Alexis’ role in business development and sustainable investment will be a win for our clients and an asset to our Responsible Investment team,” said Ms Birgden.

Most recently, Ms Cheang spent ten years as Director, Governance & Sustainable Investments at F&C, a UK-listed asset management firm. Alexis has experience working within investment management and product development and closely with pension clients globally, she was recognised as a Rising Star of Corporate Governance in 2009 by the Millstein Centre for Corporate Governance at Yale University. 

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