Man Group names co-head of Responsible Investment

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Man Group has promoted sustainability strategist Jason Mitchell to the role of co-head of Responsible Investment alongside Steven Desmyter.

Both will oversee responsible investment activities across the asset management firm. Mitchell, who has been with the company since 2010, will ensure that investment processes and policies identify and integrate operational, governance and strategic risks.

He will be reporting to Sandy Rattray, Man Group’s chief investment officer. Mitchell will take responsibility for leading the development of impact, thematic and norms-based investment strategies as well as the broader integration of ESG criteria across asset classes and multi-asset solutions.

Additionally, he will act as advisor on funds where ESG, impact investing, engagement and norms-based screening represent a principal feature of the strategy.

It is understood Mitchell and Desmyter will co-chair Man Group’s responsible investment committee.

Man Group’s CIO Rattray said: “Responsible investing is increasingly important to our business and we see growing client demand for sustainable investment strategies. Jason’s promotion recognises his long-standing commitment to sustainability and contributions to the firm in this area. Along with Steven Desmyter, he will lead efforts to further enhance responsible investment at Man Group and promote sustainability across a range of funds and investment engines.”

Desmyter, co-head of Responsible Investment, said: “Jason has unique expertise in sustainable and impact investing, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside him to enhance Man Group’s efforts across various areas of our business, ranging from investment management and client services, to stewardship and corporate engagement activities.”

Mitchell, co-head of Responsible Investment, added: “In today’s climate, responsible investing is an essential consideration for all asset managers and can take many forms. I have spent a number of years developing and advising on sustainable investment practices across our strategies. I look forward to continue to working with Steven and growing Man Group’s sustainable investment offering, both through existing products and new strategies.”