28 June 2018. EFFAS ESG Commission elects Jean-Philippe Desmartin (SFAF) and Frank Klein (DVFA) as co-chairs for continuing the development of ESG activities. Both are very recognized professionals and team players in that area. Furthermore the combination of people coming from two important European countries in ESG (namely France and Germany) will guarantee for sure a further sustainable development in that crucial field of expertise. Fritz Mostboeck, former chairman of the EFFAS Commission on ESG (CESG) since the foundation in October 2007 will remain as a regular member and further contribute to the commission. On behalf of EFFAS EMC we express our gratitude for his excellent work and output which was done for the commission so far.
Mr. Jean-Philippe Desmartin has joined Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management as Head of the Responsible Investment team in 2016 and is based in Paris. He is a graduate of the Paris University II (business law and management) as well as the IEP in Paris (finance and economics). He started his career in 1993 in the financial engineering department at Crédit Du Nord. From 1997 to 1999, he was a project manager at the Alpha Group before moving to the extra-financial agency ARESE as Head of Development. In 2003, he was a director at Innovest and then in 2004 founded his own consultancy business, Desmartin Conseil. From 2005, he was Head of ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) research at Oddo Securities. A member of several working groups and international committees seeking to further ESG issues (the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies - EFFAS, the International Corporate Governance Network - ICGN, Principles for Responsible Investment - PRI, World Intellectual Capital Initiative - WICI), Jean-Philippe Desmartin is also a board member of the Forum pour l'Investissement Responsable (FIR, French SIF). He has co-written three books on Responsible Investment, L’Investissement Socialement Responsable (2005), ISR et Finance Responsable (2014) and The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment (2015). His practice was the object of a business case conducted by the Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2011. In 2015, his work was recognised as innovative by an international jury of academics and institutional investors at the Investment Innovation Benchmark (IIB).
Mr. Frank Klein, Managing Director. Global Client Group. DWS. Frank Klein re-joined Deutsche Asset Management. Having held a position as Global Head of Product Management, he is currently working in institutional distribution for German corporate clients. Prior to this, he spent eleven years (1996-2007) at Sal. Oppenheim Kapitalanlagegesellschaft KAG, where he served in several positions: German and European equity portfolio management for domestic and foreign institutional clients, Head of mid and small cap team, Oppenheim Research: Head of equity buyside research. Before joining Sal. Oppenheim, Frank Klein worked for Deutsche Bank AG (1984-1996) in a broad range of positions, mainly in the Asset Management area. Since 2008 he has been a board member of the German national member society DVFA; between 2011 and 2017 he has been EFFAS EMC member and since 2015 member of the IIRC.