PGIM Fixed Income hires inaugural head of ESG research

PGIM Fixed Income has appointed Eugenia Unanyants-Jackson to the newly created role of head of environmental, social & governance (ESG) research, effective immediately. 

Unanyants-Jackson is based in London and will report to Rich Greenwood, head of credit and head of the London office for PGIM Fixed Income.

PGIM Fixed Income is part of PGIM, the global investment management business of US-based Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI) (NYSE: PRU) and one of the world’s top 10 asset managers with more than USD1.3 trillion in assets under management.

ESG considerations are fully integrated into all PGIM Fixed Income’s investment processes. All securities that the firm invests in across all portfolios are fully analysed with respect to ESG factors utilising PGIM Fixed Income’s proprietary ESG rating framework—with ratings assigned for every issuer. Unanyants-Jackson is responsible for managing further strategic integration of ESG research across all elements of PGIM Fixed Income. She will co-chair the ESG committee that is tasked with governing PGIM Fixed Income’s ESG approach, alongside existing co-chair Temple Houston, head of global investment grade credit research.

Unanyants-Jackson joins from Allianz Global Investors where she was the global head of ESG research since 2016, leading on the implementation of ESG integration across fundamental equity and fixed income strategies. Prior to this she was a director of Governance and Sustainable Investment at BMO GAM (formerly F&C Investments).

Greenwood says: “As more of our clients focus on the ESG credentials of their investments and seek more ESG-driven investment opportunities, we developed this role to broaden our ESG capabilities to provide our clients with the type of world class actively managed products they have come to expect from us. We are delighted that Eugenia has chosen to join us, bringing with her over a decade of specialist expertise in sustainable investment and ESG.”

PGIM Fixed Income recently launched the PGIM Global Corporate ESG Bond Fund, the first in a new suite of dedicated ESG UCITS strategies.