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Mamadou-Abou Sarr has been named to the newly-created role of global head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing at Northern Trust Asset Management.
Sarr will lead ESG innovation and product development across Northern Trust's asset class capabilities.
He will focus on expanding into new opportunities for ESG growth in the global institutional and wealth management markets.
ESG investors look for companies whose practices promote environmental stewardship, social justice, human rights, diversity, consumer protection or corporate governance.
Northern Trust has approximately USD58.4 billion in assets under management across ESG screened strategies and recently launched three ESG funds in Europe which have reached the USD1 billion mark collectively.
"Northern Trust has realised growing success in ESG investing, given our client-centric focus and more than 25 years of experience managing socially screened portfolios, as well as being a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing," says Stephen N Potter, president of Northern Trust Asset Management. "Expertise in ESG investing is integral to Northern Trust's comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform, and the appointment of Mamadou-Abou Sarr to this new role underscores our commitment to these principles as well as the opportunity for growth in ESG."
Based in Abu-Dhabi, Sarr will report to Wayne Bowers, head of asset management-EMEA & APAC, and will work closely with the global equity strategist team, providing thought leadership and investment solutions across the spectrum of equity, including Northern Trust's growing factor-based engineered equity solutions. He will also collaborate with multi-manager investments on outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) solutions that include ESG considerations.
Sarr has been senior product specialist for global index management, with a strong focus on ESG solutions, since joining Northern Trust in 2011. As global head of ESG, he will lead a cross-functional working group to develop solutions and thought leadership for the ESG practice and will work interdependently with the CSR practice led by Connie Lindsey, head of corporate social responsibility and global diversity & inclusion at Northern Trust.
Sarr has more than 10 years of investment experience, including roles at HSBC Global Asset Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and other firms prior to Northern Trust.
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