JP Morgan Expands Sustainable Investment Team

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Stockholm (NordSIP) – J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) announced it had expanded its sustainable investment team with the appointment of two strategists, and two analysts. This decision follows JPMAM’s announcement in March that it would be integrating ESG into all its strategies and expanding its sustainable financing by US$200 billion.

Jennifer Wu, Global Head of Sustainable Investing

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“These hires reflect our ongoing commitment to advancing sustainable investing solutions for our clients,” Jennifer Wu (pictured), Global Head of Sustainable Investing at JPMAM, commented. “As we broaden our sustainable investing platform globally, building on the depth of ESG integration across our global buy-side research analysts, we will continue to invest in our climate research and analytics capabilities and in enhancing our Investment Stewardship efforts. This will include continuing to add talent as we further strengthen our corporate engagement.”

The two strategists are Carlos Varela and Juan Lois. Varela, a 22-year veteran of JPMAM, has been appointed Global Strategist for Sustainable Investing. Most recently, he was the head of institutional sales for Latin America, based in New York. He will lead a team responsible for developing JPMAM’s suite of sustainable products.  Varela will be based in Madrid and report to Wu.

Lois has been appointed Americas Strategist for Sustainable Investing. He has extensive experience in the field of sustainability, having led Wespath Benefits and Investments’ sustainable investing activities, including ESG integration and impact investments’ research and product design. In the past, he has held roles at Cornerstone Capital Inc. and MacroVista Energía, where he focused on sustainable investing solutions for the Americas. Lois will report to Varela and will be based in New York.

The two analysts are Caspar Siegert and Angelo Drei, who will be joining from the Bank of England and Amundi, respectively. They will report to Wu and will be responsible for supporting the creation of JPMAM’s proprietary ESG scoring framework, provide thematic research and analytics, focusing on climate change and the carbon transition. Both analysts will be based in London.

Image of Jennifer Wu courtesy of JPMAM

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