BNY Mellon Investment Management has announced the appointment of Kristina Church as Head of Responsible Strategy. In her new role, she will collaborate with its investment firms, as well as its parent company BNY Mellon, in relation to their responsible and sustainable investment strategies and approaches.
In a press release, the asset manager revealed that Church will help drive BNY Mellon IM’s positioning relating to responsible investment as a provider of investment solutions, engage with clients, input on product development, contribute to public policy and related initiatives, and advise on data and reporting. Based in London, she will report to Gerald Rehn, Head of International Product and Governance at the firm.
Church joins from Lombard Odier Investment Managers where she was most recently Head of Sustainable Solutions and earlier, Senior Investment Strategist and Deputy Head of Sustainability. Prior to this, she spent a decade at Barclays Capital, latterly in its sustainable and thematic research team and formerly as Head of European Automotive Equity Research. She began her career as an accountant at Deloitte and later an automotive equity analyst in Citigroup.
“I am delighted to welcome Kristina to BNY Mellon Investment Management. She has a wealth of experience gained in different parts of the investment industry and a very strong understanding of the evolving trends in responsible and sustainable investment across various asset classes”, said Hanneke Smits, Chief Executive Officer.
She also pointed out that BNY Mellon IM’s multi-investment firm model provides clients with a “unique and relevant” range of responsible investment solutions. “Kristina will play an integral role in further positioning and articulating our approaches to responsible investment with our clients globally”, she concluded.