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We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Claire Curtin as our new Head of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG).

The appointment marks the continued evolution of one of Europe’s largest and most important institutional investors, dedicated to appropriately managing £30billion of assets under management.

Claire has joined the award-winning investment team to support the PPF’s ambitions to further develop and implement its Responsible Investment strategy. Claire will contribute to management of long-term risks, and to the achievement of long-term sustainable investment returns, by aligning the PPF’s investment portfolio with the consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors.

PPF Chief Investment Officer, Barry Kenneth commented: “It’s great to welcome Claire into her new role as Head of ESG. Claire’s experience of working and communicating with institutional investors across a wide range of asset classes as well as a deep technical understanding of ESG issues will help grow and evolve our investment function. Attracting professionals of Claire’s calibre to join our team is an endorsement of where we are going.”

Claire Curtin adds: “I’m excited and very encouraged to be joining such a renowned asset owner as the PPF that has the sophistication, gravitas and growing scale to play a significant part in encouraging the transition towards a more sustainable way of investing. I look forward to playing my part in overseeing the continued integration of ESG considerations into all of the PPF’s investment mandates, across all asset classes”.

Claire is a highly experienced investment specialist professional, with extensive technical knowledge obtained through over 17 years of experience within financial services and ESG research. Her previous roles have included Head of Research, Financial Institutions at Trucost, Client Relationship Manager at EIRIS and VP, Head of Investment Communications, Single Manager Funds at Pioneer Investments.