BNP Paribas hires Asia stewardship boss from Goldman

Gabriel Wilson Otto worked at Goldman Sachs for the past 12 years prior to the move


Joe McGrath

BNP Paribas Asset Management has appointed a new head of stewardship for the Asia Pacific region, as the company expands its sustainability team once more.

Gabriel Wilson Otto joins as head of stewardship, Asia Pacific, working within the company’s Sustainability Centre, based in Hong Kong. He will report to Helena Vines Fiestas, the fund group’s global head of stewardship and policy.

“The addition of the head of stewardship in Asia Pacific will be invaluable to the development of our sustainable capabilities in this region,” explained Ligia Torres, the company’s chief executive officer for the Asia Pacific region.

“It also cements our position as a leading sustainable asset manager, while we forge ahead to build on our broad range of investment solutions capabilities.”

Wilson Otto has worked at Goldman Sachs for the past 12 years, spending most of the past five as an executive director in Goldman’s sustainability unit in Hong Kong. Prior to that he was in the company’s consumer sector investment research team.

“Gabriel has over a decade of experience in corporate engagement and public policy research in Asia Pacific and been involved in a broad range of ESG issues, including climate change, human rights and supply chain management,” said Jane Ambachtsheer, BNP Paribas Asset Management’s global head of sustainability.

“He is an active member across key ESG organisations in the region and has been instrumental in helping companies evolve their corporate practices in key areas.”

BNP Paribas Asset Management has been slowly building its global sustainability team in recent years. Ambachtsheer joined in August, reporting to the CEO. In November, the group’s FundQuest Advisor division hired Camille Ferron as an analyst within its sustainability research team.

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