Aegon Asset Management has strengthened its Responsible Investment Team with three new appointments, bringing the team to 17 specialists.
Based in the UK, Andy Woods joins Aegon AM as a responsible investment manager, supporting the Equities and Multi-Asset investment platforms. His primary responsibility will be the voting activities and related engagements with companies within Aegon AM’s portfolios. Previously, Andy headed up the Institutional Voting Information Service of the Association of British Insurers.
Also joining the company as a responsible investment associate is Curtis Zappala who will be based in the US. His focus will be on ESG integration and engagement, supporting Aegon AM’s fixed income investment platform. Prior to joining Aegon AM, Zappala was a member of the sustainability team at United Parcel Service (UPS). He has also held various sustainable-related positions at SunShare and Growth International Volunteer Excursions. Zappala has a BA in environmental studies and leadership studies from the University of Colorado.
Finally, Jamie McAloon joins Aegon AM as a responsible investment associate, supporting the Equities and Multi-Asset investment platforms. Also based in UK, McAloon will be primarily responsible for supporting the sustainable range of products with analysis of existing and potential holdings, according to Aegon AM’s sustainability research framework. He joins the business from Abrdn, where he was a Private Equity Finance Analyst.
Commenting on the three appointments, Brunno Maradei, head of responsible investment at Aegon AM said: ‘We have built a comprehensive responsible investment approach, with a 30-year history of investing in this area. The three new appointments allow us to continue our work, broadening our expertise, knowledge and skills base. I’d like to welcome Curtis, Andy and Jamie to the team and look forward to the fresh perspective and enthusiasm they will bring.’