Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Dec. 7



Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers!

“Follow the talent” is one of our mantras as ImpactAlpha covers the daily beat of impact investing. Smart, passionate Agents of Impact are driving change within their organizations and across financial markets.

In this special report, we recap our daily Follow the Talent sections with a profile of the week’s Agent of Impact. Read on to catch up with talent on the move, job openings and places to be. Help the growing ImpactAlpha community follow your talent: Send job moves, mandates, event announcements and other news to editor@impactalpha.com (or simply reply to this email).

ICYMI: “Will values-aligned investing survive the coming shakeout?” by Vodia Capital’s Avi Deutsch.

Will values-aligned investing survive the coming shakeout?

– Dennis Price, editorial director

Agent of the Week

Agent of Impact: Paul Polman. The 62-year-old chief executive of consumer packaged goods giant Unilever called his successful defense last year against a hostile takeover “a near-death experience.” When Polman announced his retirement last week, he acknowledged some reluctant compromises to satisfy restive shareholders. But the core of Polman’s vision of sustainable, stakeholder capitalism, remains intact. Running Unilever for the benefit of consumers, customers and employees also benefits shareholders, he said in a farewell message. Polman delivered 290% total shareholder return delivered during his 10-year tenure. “Sustainability isn’t just the right thing to do,” he says. “It is essential to drive business growth.” Who’s the next Paul Polman? Follow ImpactAlpha on Instagram.

What does Paul Polman’s legacy mean for socially and environmentally responsible companies?

Seize the Opportunity

The Center for Cultural Innovation in San Francisco seeks a program director of catalyzing capital… The Office of the Illinois State Treasurer is looking for an investment analyst to advance diversity and inclusion… GreenTec Capital is hiring a financial controller in Frankfurt… The Inter-American Development Bank seeks a specialist for its migrations initiative…

The Miller Center of Social Entrepreneurship is searching for a director of finance and administration… Social Finance is looking for a vice president of accounting and finance in Boston… The Foundation Center is hiring a New York lead… Upaya Social Ventures is looking for a manager for its accelerator program in Bangalore.

Follow the Talent

Paul Polman steps down as CEO of Unilever after a decade at the top of the global corporation. Polman’s successor is Alan Pope… Resilience Capital Ventures’ Gillian Marcelle joins the board of Johannesburg-based Tafari Capital… Tapan Kataria is a new director at Backstage Detroit… Liz Lloyd, previously of Standard Chartered, joins the U.K.’s CDC Group as its first chief impact officer…

George Ashton will oversee Opportunity Zone strategies at Local Initiatives Support Corp.… Steve Nocka, ex- of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is the new chief lending officer at Root Capital. Amy Mullen joins the social lender from Oxfam America as chief development officer.

Apply, Respond, Submit

Attention students and faculty at graduate schools: prospectuses for the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge are due Feb. 1 (see, “Next-gen leaders of finance step up to the sustainable investing challenge”)… WeFunder launches XX, a three-month accelerator program for immigrant entrepreneurs… HBCUvc is seeking nominations for 30 Under 30 Black, Latinx and Afro-Latinx leaders in venture capital.

That’s a wrap! Help the growing ImpactAlpha community follow your talent: Send your own job moves, new opportunities and event announcements to editor@impactalpha.com.

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