Desiree Fixler Becomes DWS’s First Group Sustainability Officer

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – As sustainable investments continue to grow in popularity, DWS has appointed Desiree Fixler (pictured) as its first Group Sustainability Officer (GSO). She will be based in London and will report to CEO, Asoka Woehrmann.

    Fixler joins DWS after a year as Portfolio Manager and Managing Director for Impact Investing at ZAIS, a US alternative investment specialist. Before this, she worked for two years as a Senior Advisor at responsAbility following senior positions at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.

    “I look forward to joining DWS as Group Sustainability Officer, a firm that already has over 20 years of heritage in sustainable investing,” Desiree explained. “I am excited to apply and share my knowledge and experience in responsible investing, which I have been building since as far back as 2005. Becoming GSO also allows me to advance a common goal that I have with DWS: to mainstream ESG integration and impact investing across the entire value chain of asset management.”

    The new GSO will take up her new role in August 2020 with the mission to ensure the implementation of an ESG strategy and orchestrating all of DWS’s sustainability efforts globally across the entire value chain, linking all of the teams working on sustainability topics across the firm.

    “The appointment of our GSO is a huge step for us in creating a holistic approach to ESG at DWS. We are delighted to have Desiree on board to drive our sustainability strategy forward,” Woehrmann said. “She has a fantastic track record in responsible investing, as well as valuable experience in global capital markets and product innovation. Her proven ability to develop ESG risk management, policy and reporting frameworks also makes her the perfect fit to elevate DWS’s status to become a leading ESG asset manager globally.”


    Filipe Albuquerque
    Filipe Albuquerque
    Filipe is an economist with 8 years of experience in macroeconomic and financial analysis for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the UN World Institute for Development Economic Research, the Stockholm School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Filipe holds a MSc in European Political Economy from the LSE and a MSc in Economics from the University of London, where he currently is a PhD candidate.

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