Manulife Asset Management appoints Emily Chew Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance

Press Release | October 3, 2016

Ms. Chew previously served as MSCI’s head of ESG Research for Asia-Pacific

TORONTO, BOSTON and HONG KONG - Manulife Asset Management has named Emily Chew as Global Head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Research and Integration. The appointment was effective September 2. Ms. Chew is based in Hong Kong and reports to Peter Mennie, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Investment Risk and Quantitative Analytics.

"In this new role for our firm, Emily will serve as the primary lead on ESG. She will engage with companies in which we are invested to discuss ESG issues, report on conclusions to portfolio managers, and articulate our approach to ESG with clients,” said Mr. Mennie. “In addition, she will be responsible for oversight of ESG research globally, setting strategic direction for Manulife Asset Management."

Ms. Chew's appointment follows Manulife Asset Management becoming a signatory to the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2015, as well as hiring Frederick Isleib as ESG Analyst, North America, who works with portfolio management teams on ESG risk identification in portfolios, and produces thought leadership on ESG trends. Mr. Isleib reports to Ms. Chew.

Most recently, Ms. Chew was Head of ESG Research for Asia-Pacific at MSCI Inc. Her team had oversight into research quality and issue identification for approximately 1,200 stocks, and under her leadership produced original research on the relevance of ESG to Asian and emerging markets. Prior to that, she was a capital markets lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on funds management, capital raisings, and REITs.

Ms. Chew is a member of PRI's Listed Equities Outreach Subcommittee. She holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

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