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The Board

Hermes EOS

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Colin Melvin – Chairman

Colin is global head of stewardship at Hermes Investment Management and, between 2004 and January 2016, was chief executive of Hermes EOS. He has been at the forefront of developments in corporate governance, sustainability and responsible investment for over 20 years and is an expert in the good management and direction of businesses. He is a qualified fund manager and member of the CFA Institute and was head of responsible investment at Baillie Gifford before joining Hermes in 2002. Colin is chair of the Social Stock Exchange, a business mentor at the Prince’s Trust and visiting fellow at the ICMA Centre at the Henley Business School in the UK. He is also a board member of the Principles for Responsible Investment and a member of the 30% Club investor group. Colin holds an MA from Aberdeen University and an MPhil from Cambridge University, both in History, and Diplomas in Investment Analysis from Stirling University and Company Directorship from the Institute of Directors. He is a Chartered Director.

Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt – Co-Head Hermes EOS

Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt is an executive director and board member at Hermes EOS and as Co-Head of the organisation responsible for the sustainable success of the business. As Co-Head he leads and oversees the global engagement programme and the quality of the services Hermes EOS provides to its clients around the world. Hans also leads some high profile stewardship activities, including priority engagements with major companies in Asia and Germany, as well as interactions with key regulators and organisations. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Hans worked with international law firm Ashurst. He is the author of numerous publications on corporate governance and law, responsible investment and stewardship. Currently, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the UN PRI Investor Engagement Clearinghouse and the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network. In 2015, he joined the Institutional Investor Council in Malaysia. Hans is a UK-qualified lawyer, holds degrees in Business Administration from universities in Germany and the UK, the ACCA qualification and a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). He continues to be involved in academia as a Corporate Governance Fellow at the LSE’s Financial Markets Group and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. Hans speaks French, German and Mandarin.

Emma Hunt – Co-Head Hermes EOS

Emma Hunt is Co-Head of Hermes EOS, with responsibility for strategic client management and business development. Emma has been an active member of the investment world for 20 years, focusing on governance, stewardship and ESG issues. She has worked throughout the investment chain, including investment management, research and most recently consulting. She joined Hermes EOS from Towers Watson where she worked closely with asset owners from around the world as well as the consulting firm itself to integrate principles of stewardship and ESG into their investment beliefs, policy and practice. She holds an MSc from Imperial College, a Diplôme International de Commerce from École Supérieure de Commerce in Toulouse, a BA Honours in European Business and Economics and the CFA Institute’s Investment Management Certificate.

Leon Kamhi – Head of Responsibility at Hermes investment Management

Reporting into Hermes Investment Management’s CEO, Leon Kamhi is responsible for developing and directing the programme for integrating responsibility across the Hermes group, overseeing its delivery and accountable for its success. This includes ensuring investment teams are aware of and integrate ESG performance in investment decisions and that engagement is effectively incorporated alongside investment activities. In addition, in this role he oversees and contributes to how the firm’s responsibility activities and performance are integrated into Hermes’ client relationship management and reporting, the delivery of its corporate citizenship programme and the development of responsible structures and processes for the firm. He also leads a number of corporate and public policy engagements. Previously at Hermes, Leon was responsible for the development and delivery of Hermes EOS’ global corporate and public policy engagement programme from 2012-2016 and acted as its commercial director from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Leon worked within the Hermes UK Large Cap Focus Fund for seven years, where he was responsible for executing the fund’s engagement programmes. He also has 12 years of strategy consulting and operational industry experience.

Saker Nusseibeh – CEO Hermes Investment Management

Saker is chief executive of Hermes, chair of its executive committee and an executive board director. Saker was appointed CEO in May 2012, having been acting CEO since November 2011. Saker joined the firm in June 2009 as head of investment and executive board director. He is responsible for leading the firm’s growth strategy and ensuring that Hermes continues to deliver excellent long-term investment performance, responsibly. Under his leadership, Hermes has achieved outstanding year-on-year growth in sales, revenues and profitability, while contributing widely to the debate about how to improve the contribution of financial services to society. Critically, long-term investment performance has remained at outstanding levels during his tenure. Prior to joining Hermes, Saker was global head of equities at Fortis Investments USA, having initially been appointed to the firm as CIO Global Equities in 2005. Before this he was CIO Global Equities and head of marketing for SGAM UK. This role followed SGAM’s acquisition of Trust Company of the West (TCW), where Saker was managing director, running global and international strategies, as well as managing TCW’s London office. He started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987. Saker is a regular public speaker, writer and commentator, appearing at leading industry conferences, on television and radio. He is the founder of the 300 Club, which he chaired from its inception in 2011 until early 2014. The 300 Club is a group of leading investment professionals who seek to challenge investment orthodoxy and improve the contribution of financial services to society. Saker is a member of the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council, a member of the IIRC Council, and was a public member of Network Rail for three years until November 2014. He was recently invited to join the Banking Standards Board, which aims to restore trust in the UK banking industry, as a practitioner member. Saker also sits on the advisory board of Mosaic, the charity that seeks to improve the chances of young people and to bring communities together. Saker has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King's College, University of London.

Harriet Steel - Head of Business Development

Harriet is Head of Business Development, a member of the Executive Committee (ExCo) and an Executive Board Director. She joined the firm in 2011 with responsibility for Sales, Client Service, Marketing, Communications and Product Strategy. Under her leadership, Hermes has built a fast-growing and profitable third-party business in which assets under management for external clients have tripled, and revenues grown from 15% to 52% of the total. As a member of ExCo, her responsibilities include development of corporate strategy and delivery of profitability. Appointed to the Board of Hermes in 2013, Harriet became the company’s first female executive director.

Chris Taylor - Chief Executive Officer, Hermes Real Estate and Head of Private Markets

Chris is CEO of Hermes Real Estate, a member of Hermes’ Executive Committee and Head of Private Markets. Chris joined Hermes in 2010, having successfully established Australian fund manager QIC's European office in London. Prior to that he was head of European Property at HSBC. Chris spent the majority of his career as a fund manager at Prudential, taking the lead investment role in major retail schemes such as Bluewater and Cribbs Causeway – Bristol. From 2001 he led the successful diversification of Prudential’s UK real estate exposure into overseas markets.