CAPITAL Group, a global investment firm with more than US$1.7 trillion in assets under management, announced June 19 the appointment of Jessica Ground as global head of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance). She will join Capital Group in September and be based in London.
Ground will be responsible for further incorporating Capital Group’s ESG approach into its investment process globally. She will work with teams across investment groups, distribution, marketing and technology to advance ESG at Capital Group. Ground will also represent Capital Group as an active participant in organizations promoting ESG issues across the business landscape.
Ground has more than 20 years of industry experience, all with Schroders, where most recently she served as the firm’s global head of stewardship. In this role she was responsible for leading a team of ESG analysts and corporate governance specialists integrating ESG across geographies and asset classes.
During her tenure at Schroders, Ground served as a fund manager on the UK equity team and joined the firm in 1997 as a research analyst covering the financials and utilities sectors. Ground is also chair of The Investment Association’s Stewardship Committee and board member of the Investor Forum.