KGAL Group announces Susanne Marttila as its new ESG appointment


The German real estate and aviation group will add a new ESG officer to its team of investment experts.

GRUNWALD, Germany, July 20, 2021 -- KGAL Group continues on its path as a sustainable asset manager with the appointment of the proven ESG expert and rating specialist Susanne Marttila. In addition KGAL also plans to introduce new investment solutions in the area of energy transition assets to further enhance its sustainability strategy.

"Sustainability is a key component of KGAL's DNA, and is clearly demonstrable by a number of factors such as the launch of the first KGAL fund for renewable energies in 2003, the implementation of environmental protection as a strategic goal since 2010, the signing of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment in 2018, and the adoption of the climate strategy last October,"  

explains Gert Waltenbauer, CEO of KGAL GmbH & Co. KG. 

"We are therefore delighted that, as of September 2021, Susanne Marttila will be advancing the expansion of our ESG activities and the fulfilment of our social responsibility in her role as ESG Officer." 

Susanne Marttila has specialised in sustainable investments since 2007, most recently in the role of Regional Head EMEA, ESG Ratings at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). As the former Head of the ESG Corporate Ratings Team Extractives, Energy & Utilities at ISS and a long-standing and respected analyst at oekom research AG, she has extensive expertise in the field of ESG.

The focus of her previous work, for instance sustainable energy supply and climate change, is an ideal fit for KGAL.

"Climate change is presenting the world with unprecedented challenges. Investments in renewable energies are central to meeting these challenges as the basis of the energy transition,"  

says Susanne Marttila.

"But the sustainable orientation of the real estate sector and future-proof mobility also play very important roles in climate protection."

About KGAL Group

KGAL is a leading independent investment and asset manager with assets under management of around €11.2 billion and assets under administration of €4.0 billion. The group sources, executes and manages long-term real asset investments for institutional and private investors in real estate, infrastructure and aircraft. KGAL, which operates throughout Europe, was founded more than 50 years ago and is headquartered in Grünwald near Munich. Our 345 employees are dedicated to achieving sustainable, stable investment performance, taking into account return and risk criteria. (as of 31 December 2020)