Hermes EOS Taps Short to Lead Engagement Efforts

Jun 20 2016 | 4:15pm ET

Hermes Investment Management’s EOS unit, which advises businesses on sustainability, governance, environmental and social concerns, has appointed Carl Short as director of engagement.

In this new role, Short will be responsible for leading and managing the engagement team’s implementation of Hermes EOS’ global engagement and voting services program, according to the company. In 2015, the EOS team engaged with 466 companies on 1,150 environmental, social and ethical, governance, strategy and risk issues and objectives

Short will be based in London. He will report to Dr. Hans-Christoph Hirt, co-head of Hermes EOS. 

Short has worked in the equities market for over 25 years. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Carl worked for a number of banks and other research providers, including Standard & Poor's Equity Research, Société Générale, Nomura and Kleinwort Benson. Earlier in his career, Carl worked as a finance manager for Marks & Spencer after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with a forerunner of KPMG.

"Since its launch in 2004, Hermes EOS has grown exponentially, as have our engagements with corporate boards and public policy makers,” said Hirt in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome Carl into this new role which underlines our commitment to engage with companies at the highest-levels and enact positive change for the beneficiaries of our clients. 

Owned by £24.1 billion fund manager Hermes Investment Management, Hermes EOS has one of the largest stewardship resources of any fund manager in the world. The EOS team comprises industry executives, senior strategists, corporate governance and climate change experts, ex-fund managers and lawyers. As at 31 March 2016, the firm acted on behalf of 42 clients and advise on £169.8 billion of assets on behalf of some of the world’s leading pension funds.

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