Pension Funds

PPF names head of ESG

Claire Curtin was named head of environmental, social and corporate governance at the Pension Protection Fund, London.

The position is new. Ms. Curtin joined the investment team to support the 30 billion ($40.6 billion) pension fund's ambitions to further develop and implement its responsible investment strategy, said a news release Thursday. She helps manage long-term risks and achieve long-term sustainable investment returns by aligning the investment portfolio to ESG factors.

Ms. Curtin's "experience of working and communicating with institutional investors across a wide range of asset classes as well as a deep technical understanding of ESG issues will help grow and evolve our investment function," said Barry Kenneth, chief investment officer, in the release.

Ms. Curtin was head of research, financial institutions at Trucost, which assesses risks related to climate change, natural resource constraints and broader ESG factors. It is part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. Details on any replacement were not available.