Natixis affiliate appoints sustainability lead

Will focus on developing Flexstone’s in-house ESG investing framework


Michael Nelson

Flexstone Partners, an affiliated investment manager of Natixis Investment Managers managing more than $10bn in assets, has appointed Samira Boussem as managing director and head of sustainability.

Based in France, Boussem is tasked with leading Flexstone’s sustainability strategy and responsible investment approach, which will be implemented across the firm’s various bespoke investment solutions offered to clients, designed to address key environmental, social and governance issues across private markets. Notably, she will focus on developing Flexstone’s in-house ESG investing framework, stewardship strategy and product offering.

Boussem will report to Eric Deram, managing partner at Flexstone, who will lead the ESG team.

Deram said: “As Flexstone’s clients continue to develop sustainable investment strategies, we are thrilled to have someone as experienced and talented as Samira leading this effort. Samira not only brings a vast breadth of knowledge in the world of sustainable investing, but also leadership experience in the asset management industry as we continue to think about new and interesting ways to integrate sustainability into our investment practices.”

Prior to joining Flexstone, Boussem was head of ESG at Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, where she was leading all ESG topics. She was also part of the sustainable taskforce at Natixis, helping affiliates define their sustainable journey in line with the group ESG ambition.

Commenting on her appointment, Boussem said: “Flexstone’s global reach presents a unique opportunity to make a positive impact and to lead on a variety of sustainability-related issues. I am excited to be working with Flexstone’s global team to drive impactful change, and to integrate the principles that both benefit our clients and also contribute to a more sustainable future for all stakeholders involved.”

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