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LaSalle expands ESG platform with new hires
David DeVos, Elena Alschuler to accelerate sustainability initiatives
18 Jan 2021 | The Asset

LaSalle Investment Management has named David DeVos as global head of ESG and Elena Alschuler as vice-president of sustainability in the Americas.

DeVos will be responsible for building on LaSalle’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and objectives, while driving programme execution in partnership with the firm’s regional sustainability officers, senior leadership, and portfolio stakeholders. His oversight will include specific ESG programmes, such as the firm’s initiatives on climate change, and health and wellness. He will report to LaSalle global chief operating officer Tim Kessler.

Alschuler will partner with DeVos and act as a central leader for LaSalle’s North America sustainability initiatives. She will work closely with the firm’s portfolio management team on sustainability strategies, and its asset management group to develop programmes for property-level initiatives, including certifications, efficiency projects, energy procurement, green leases, and health and wellness projects. She will report to Kristy Heuberger, LaSalle’s head of US asset management.

Alschuler joins LaSalle from View Inc, where she led real estate activities, including the firm’s strategy and execution to scale adoption of smart glass in the office and multifamily sectors across the US and Canada. Prior to this, Elena worked at the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC, as a building technologies project manager.

The new hires, Kessler says, will help the firm better integrate ESG best practices into its day-to-day work as it believes that is the most efficient method of maximizing investment performance for clients while minimizing its impact on the environment.

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