Smart beta specialist Ossiam has appointed Clarisse Simonek as head of responsible investment and sustainability.

Reporting to Ossiam’s CEO Bruno Poulin, Simonek (pictured) will be responsible for integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) within the firm’s funds and operations.

This includes leading Ossiam’s responsible investment strategy and related product development as well as the company’s sustainability initiatives.

Prior to joining Ossiam, Simonek was involved in developing the investment strategy for the UK’s Local Pensions Partnership where she advised pension trustees on responsible investing.

Furthermore, she is also an academic advisor to the CFA Institute UK on its ESG investing curriculum.

In addition to the recent hire, Ossiam has promoted its chief financial and risk officer, Phillippe Chanzy, to deputy CEO.

Chanzy has been responsible for the firm’s finance and risk management since 2010.

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Poulin said: “No one in the investment industry can have missed the fundamental shift in attitudes to sustainable investing, with investors making record allocations to sustainable investments.

“Simonek will play an important part in shaping Ossiam’s social responsibility and how we take advantage of the investment opportunities in ESG that lie ahead.”