Comgest doubles ESG team with new appointments

Global asset management group Comgest has doubled the size of its ESG research team. The team has grown from three long-standing members to six in just over a year.  

Among the newest members are Petra Daroczi and Xing Xu, who joined Comgest in 2021 and 2020 respectively as ESG analysts. The enlarged team is headed by Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel, who has 22 years of industry experience in ESG investing, and is based in Paris where two-thirds of Comgest’s investment professionals are situated, including members of the European, Global, US, Global Emerging Markets and Japan teams. 

In her new role, Petra is responsible for Comgest’s proprietary ESG analysis of developed market companies, in particular US stocks. She previously worked at Aberdeen Standard Investments in Singapore as an ESG Analyst and has 11 years of industry experience.  

Xing Xu, a native Mandarin speaker, focuses on Chinese companies and works closely with the Global Emerging Markets, Asia and China teams at Comgest across the firm’s research offices in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to joining Comgest Xing was an analyst at Fosun Group. She was recognised with an outstanding investment research award by the CFA Institute for her work on the Chinese renewable energy industry. 

Sebastien Thévoux-Chabuel, Head of ESG at Comgest says: “Ensuring ESG considerations are embedded within our investment decisions is both a natural consequence of our quality growth investment style and of our commitment to responsible stewardship of our clients’ assets. Our new team members bring considerable depth and diversity to our ESG research and reporting capabilities. As a team we will continue to deliver our clients the highest standards in terms of ESG research, engagement and reporting on our activities in this important domain.”