Natixis Investment Managers Appoints Its First Head of ESG

Paris, France, February 14, 2019

Natixis Investment Managers, (Natixis) one of the world's largest asset managers with close to $1trillion in AUM, has appointed Harald Walkate as Head of ESG.     

In this newly created role, Harald will be responsible for driving and implementing the company’s ESG strategy globally, as well as coordinating all aspects of ESG policy and regulation across its network of affiliate managers.  He will report to Beverly Bearden, Deputy CEO, Natixis Investment Managers and Christophe Lanne, Chief Transformation & Talent Officer, Asset & Wealth Management division.  He will be based in Paris.

He joins Natixis from Aegon Asset Management (AAM), The Netherlands, where he was a Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Responsible Investment.  In this role he focused on ESG integration, engagement and impact investment across both Aegon Group and AAM.  Prior to this he worked on New Business Initiatives for AAM, developing strategy with a focus on Institutional clients.  Since 2018, he has also worked as an advisor to the Impact Management Project (IMP) on secondment from Ageon.  He will continue this advisory role when he moves to Natixis Investment Managers.   

Beverly Bearden commented; ”Sustainable Investing through ESG is a key philosophy for Natixis and a cornerstone of our 2020 New Dimension Plan.  Harald’s appointment as our first ESG head builds on our existing framework to deliver highly active management combined with a responsible approach for clients globally”. 

Christophe Lanne said; “We recognize through our own industry research that clients are more cognizant and vocal about investing in companies which have a positive social impact and a good environmental record. We are therefore delighted that Harald will be driving our ESG strategy across the firm and our investment affiliates and with his knowledge and expertise he will be invaluable in growing our responsible capabilities in the future.”    

Harald Walkate said; “Natixis Investment Managers is an industry leader in ESG through it’s involvement with key initiatives such as the UNPRI, G7 and WEF Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. I look forward to working in partnership with some of the best investment managers in the industry, supporting their efforts to deliver long-term sustainable investment solutions for clients.”

Natixis Investment Managers serves financial professionals with more insightful ways to construct portfolios. Powered by the expertise of 26 specialized investment managers globally, we apply Active ThinkingSMto deliver proactive solutions that help clients pursue better outcomes in all markets. Natixis ranks among the world’s largest asset management firms1 with more than $1 trillion assets under management2 (€861 billion AUM). Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Investment Managers is a subsidiary of Natixis. Listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Natixis is a subsidiary of BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France. For additional information, please visit the company’s website at im.natixis.com | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/natixis-investment-managers

 

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1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2018 ranked Natixis Investment Managers (formerly Natixis Global Asset Management) as the 16th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31 2017

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