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Janus Henderson strengthens his ESG team with six recruitments

Based in London and directly reporting to Paul LaCoursiere (photo), Dan Raghoonundon, Charles Devereux, Olivia Jones, Jesse Verheijen and Bhaskar Sastry reinforce the current team.

Janus Henderson Investors announces 6 appointments to its ESG investment team. Based in London and reporting directly to Paul LaCoursiere, Global Head of ESG Investments, Dan Raghoonundon (Head of ESG Research), Charles Devereux (ESG Research Analyst), Olivia Jones (Junior ESG Research Analyst), Jesse Verheijen ( ESG Data Analyst) and Bhaskar Sastry (ESG Content Manager) reinforce the current team. The team is also strengthening in the United States with the arrival of Blake Bennett at the ESG analysis station in Denver.

These new collaborators will help the team to improve the integration of ESG criteria in the activities and strategies of Janus Henderson. These recruitments are part of the development of Paul La Coursière’s team and come in addition to recent internal movements. In June, Adrienn Sarandi left her ESG function within the Fixed Income team to take on the newly created position of Head of ESG Strategy and Development. Xiaoyi Luo recently left the Front Office to join Paul La Coursière’s team as an ESG research analyst and Charlotte Nisbet became an ESG research analyst, after having held a similar position internally. Further recruitments are planned for management and governance roles in the coming months.

Paul LaCoursiere, Global Head of ESG Investments at Janus Henderson Investors said: “I am very happy to welcome Dan, Blake, Charles, Olivia, Jesse and Bhaskar to the ESG investment team at Janus Henderson. ESG is at the heart of our business and is an integral part of our operating model. I am delighted that we can continue to develop our ESG offering with some of the best talent in the industry and make the team a center of expertise specializing in ESG investment research. We have an ambitious strategy to improve our integration of ESG criteria and support investors with data, tools, analysis and best-in-class reports. These appointments represent a major step forward in achieving this goal. ”

Enrique Chang, Chief Investment Officer of Janus Henderson Investors, added: “The Janus Henderson ESG investment team is an integral part of our business strategy and is essential to maintaining the company’s position as an innovator. We are determined to improve and develop our sustainable investing business and these new appointments will help us achieve this goal. ”

Dan Raghoonundon returns to Janus Henderson after three years of earning a PhD in Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management. He was previously a portfolio manager in the Emerging Markets Equities team at Janus Henderson Investors. As Head of ESG Research, Dan will lead the team’s efforts to establish and create a center of technical expertise at Janus Henderson specializing in ESG investment research. The team will be responsible for supporting all equity, fixed income and multiple asset strategies.

The appointments of Charles Devereaux, ESG business research analyst, and Olivia Jones, junior ESG business research analyst, are part of this same dynamic. Charles joins Janus Henderson after working at Aviva Investors, where he was an ESG sector analyst in investment management. Previously, he spent a year as an ESG Solutions Analyst and Business Strategy Analyst at Aviva Investors. Olivia comes from Kukua, a consulting firm specializing in ESG, sustainability and climate issues, where she worked as an ESG and sustainability analyst. Charles and Olivia will conduct independent and scalable thematic, sector and sovereign research to support investment teams in all asset classes, including analysts and equity and credit portfolio managers.

The last two collaborators to join the ESG investment team will also strengthen Janus Henderson’s expertise in ESG data and applications of ESG principles. Jesse Verheijen joins Janus Henderson as ESG Data Analyst after working for Aviva Investors. For the past two years, he served as a senior risk consultant at EY and then as a data specialist in the transformation team at Aviva Investors. Jesse will work closely with the Head of ESG Strategy and Development and investment teams across all asset classes, with the aim of deepening the integration of data, research, analysis and ESG management in the company’s investment processes. Bhaskar Sastry, Head of ESG Content, comes from State Street Global Advisors, where he worked since 2019 as an ESG Content Specialist. He will focus on creating and managing content for Janus Henderson’s ESG approach.

Finally, the appointment of Blake Bennett as Governance and Stewardship Analyst in Janus Henderson’s Denver office demonstrates the global reach of the ESG investment team. Prior to that, Blake was an Operations and Policy Analyst in the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality. He has a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. In this newly created position, Blake supports Janus Henderson’s investment teams around the world, focusing on corporate governance issues, including votes, and analysis of environmental and social issues, thereby contributing to the team’s collaborative commitment to companies.

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