Aegon Asset Management adds three to Responsible Investment team

10/13/2021

New appointments will add to Aegon AM's comprehensive approach

Photo: Aegon have confirmed the appointment of three new investment professionals
Photo: Aegon have confirmed the appointment of three new investment professionals

October 13, 2021 -- 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.

Photo: Andy Woods, Jamie McAloon, and Curtis Zappala (left to right)
Photo: Andy Woods, Jamie McAloon, and Curtis Zappala (left to right)

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."

About Aegon Asset Management

Aegon Asset Management is an active global investor. Our 370 investment professionals manage and advise on assets of €391.1 ($463.8/£336.1) billion (as of June 30, 2021) for a global client-base of pension plans, public funds, insurance companies, banks, wealth managers, family offices and foundations.

We organize our investment capabilities around four focused investment platforms where we have extensive asset-class expertise: Fixed Income, Real Assets, Equities and Multi-Asset & Solutions. Each platform has dedicated teams, organized globally and committed to maximizing their specialist areas. We also manage a EUR32 billion Fiduciary and Multi-Manager business in The Netherlands. These platforms and the Fiduciary business are supported by a team dedicated to responsible investing.

By organizing our investment teams globally, we work to harness our expertise and research resources across regional boundaries. We believe this enhances our performance potential and helps provide better investment outcomes for clients.

Across platforms, we share a common belief in fundamental, research-driven active management, underpinned by effective risk management and a commitment to responsible investment. Our investment platforms have the flexibility to organize their resources and processes to best suit their area of focus.

We are a global business: Our 1,200 employees work across Europe, the Americas and Asia. We invest globally and serve clients locally.

For more information about Aegon Asset Management, visit www.aegonam.com