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Franklin Templeton welcomes new global head of sustainability

With a 35-year history of international investment and academic expertise, Simpson was most recently the Managing Director for Board Governance and Sustainability at the California Public Employees Retirement System (CALPERS). There, he led the development and implementation of CalPERS’ award-winning sustainable investment strategy across its $500 billion global portfolio, with 80% of assets managed internally.

She was a member of CalPERS’s Investment Management Committee, which determines asset liability management, capital allocation, risk management and operations across various traditional and non-traditional asset classes. He also served as the inaugural chairman of Climate Action 100+ and its Asia Advisory Group, a $60 trillion global investor alliance convened by and co-founded by CalPERS.

His career prior to CalPERS included the Yale School of Management, the World Bank, the International Corporate Governance Network and Pension and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC). In 2019, Time Magazine named Simpson as one of 15 women leading the global fight against climate change; In 2020, she was included in Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in American Finance.

In addition, she brings considerable international regulatory and policy experience from serving on the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council.

A prolific author and graduate of the University of Oxford, Simpson will report to President and CEO Jenny Johnson upon joining the California-based company on February 22, 2022.

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