BOSTON & PARIS & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Natixis Investment Managers, one of the world’s largest asset managers
with €802.1bn in AUM, has appointed Harald Walkate as Head of Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR) and ESG.
In this newly created role, Harald will be responsible for driving
Natixis Investment Managers’ CSR globally and its ESG commitments across
its distribution network, its affiliate managers and as part of
He will report to Beverly Bearden, Deputy CEO, Natixis Investment
Managers, and Christophe Lanne, Chief Transformation & Talent Officer,
Asset & Wealth Management division. He will be based in Paris.
He joins Natixis from Aegon Asset Management (AAM), The Netherlands,
where he was a Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Responsible
Investment. In this role he focused on ESG integration, engagement and
impact investment across both Aegon Group and AAM. Prior to this he
worked on New Business Initiatives for AAM, developing strategy with a
focus on Institutional clients. Since 2018, he has also worked as an
advisor to the Impact Management Project (IMP) on secondment from Aegon.
He will continue this advisory role when he moves to Natixis Investment
Beverly Bearden commented: “Corporate Social Responsibility is a key
philosophy for Natixis Investment Managers and a cornerstone of our 2020
New Dimension Plan. Harald’s appointment as our first head of CSR and
ESG demonstrates our ongoing commitment to drive initiatives that
deliver long-term sustainable solutions for clients.”
Christophe Lanne commented: “We recognize through our own industry
research that clients are more cognizant and vocal about investing in
companies that have a positive social impact and a good environmental
record. We are therefore delighted that Harald will be driving CSR and
ESG policies across the firm and working with our investment affiliates
to do the same.”
Harald Walkate commented: “Natixis Investment Managers is an industry
leader in ESG both through its ESG investment expertise and its
involvement with global initiatives such as the UN Principles for
Responsible Investment, G7 Investor Leadership Network, and World
Economic Forum Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. I look forward to
working in partnership with some of the best investment managers in the
industry and supporting their commitment to sustainable investment
About Natixis Investment Managers
Natixis Investment Managers serves financial professionals with more
insightful ways to construct portfolios. Powered by the expertise of
more than 20 specialized investment managers globally, we apply Active
Thinking® to deliver proactive solutions that help clients
pursue better outcomes in all markets. Natixis ranks among the world’s
largest asset management firms1 ($917.1 billion/€802.1
Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Investment Managers is a
subsidiary of Natixis. Listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Natixis is a
subsidiary of BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France. Natixis
Investment Managers’ affiliated investment management firms and
distribution and service groups include Active Index Advisors®;3
AEW; Alliance Entreprendre; AlphaSimplex Group; Darius Capital Partners;
DNCA Investments;4 Dorval Asset Management;5
Flexstone Partners;6 Gateway Investment Advisers; H2O Asset
Management;5 Harris Associates; Investors Mutual Limited;
Loomis, Sayles & Company; Managed Portfolio Advisors®;3
McDonnell Investment Management;7 Mirova;8 MV
Credit; Naxicap Partners; Ossiam; Ostrum Asset Management; Seeyond;8
Seventure Partners; Vaughan Nelson Investment Management; and Vega
Investment Managers. Not all offerings available in all
jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit the
company’s website at im.natixis.com
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Natixis Investment Managers includes all of the investment management
and distribution entities affiliated with Natixis Distribution, L.P. and
Natixis Investment Managers S.A.
Natixis Distribution, L.P. is a limited purpose broker-dealer and the
distributor of various registered investment companies for which
advisory services are provided by affiliates of Natixis Investment
1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2018 ranked
Natixis Investment Managers as the 16th largest asset manager in the
world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2017.
Net asset value as of December 31, 2018. Assets under management
(“AUM”), as reported, may include notional assets, assets serviced,
gross assets and other types of non-regulatory AUM. AUM does not include
Vega Investment Managers, which was transferred to Natixis Wealth
Management in December 2018.
3 A division of Natixis
4 A brand of DNCA Finance.
A subsidiary of Ostrum Asset Management.
Partners assets as of 9/30/18. Flexstone was established in 2018 by
bringing together four specialized private investments firms: Caspian
Private Equity, Euro-Private Equity France, Euro-Private Equity Swiss
and Eagle Asia Partners.
7 Natixis Investment Managers
transferred ownership of McDonnell Investment Management, LLC to Loomis,
Sayles & Company, L.P. on 1/1/19.
8 Operated in the
U.S. through Ostrum Asset Management U.S., LLC.
Natixis Investment Managers