MSCI Hires New Global Head of ESG and Climate Indexes

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – As the financial industry continues to focus on increased transparency of ESG and climate-related financial risks to satisfy investors’ demands for solutions addressing sustainability considerations in their portfolios, data and analysis providers must follow the wider market’s trends.

    In this spirit, MSCI announced the appointment of Melissa McDonald as Global Head of ESG and Climate Indexes, effective September 7, 2021. McDonald will based in London and report to Diana Tidd, Global Head of Index and Chief Responsibility Officer, and Remy Briand, Global Head of ESG and Climate. As the effects of climate change continue to emerge.  In this role, she will closely collaborate with the global product, client coverage, research, and technology teams across MSCI to ensureMSCI’s dynamic product offering continues to align and evolve with investor needs around the world.

    “We are excited to have Melissa join MSCI at this critical time for the global investment industry and our planet. I am confident that Melissa’s extensive experience in developing successful sustainability products will position MSCI to deliver the enhanced tools investors need to accelerate the transformation towards a net-zero economy,” Diana Tidd, Global Head of Index and Chief Responsibility Officer, commented.

    McDonald has over three decades of experience in investment management and sustainable investment including as Global Head of Product, Equities and Responsible Investment at HSBC Global Asset Management and various senior leadership roles at AXA Investment Management, such as Global Head of Responsible Investment.

    “We are in dire straits due to climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and social inequalities. I am thrilled to be joining an innovative, vibrant, and market-leading firm like MSCI, which is uniquely positioned to support investors with their capital allocation decisions and the transition to a low-carbon world and a better future for all. I look forward to using my experience and energy to drive a positive impact in this new role,” Melissa McDonald, Global Head of ESG and Climate Indexes, added.

    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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