Leading sustainability expert Kathy Ryan appointed by M&G


M&G, a prominent international saving and investment enterprise, has welcomed Kathy Ryan into its fold as the new Chief Sustainability Officer.

M&G stands as a major player in the international saving and investment realm. Their primary focus is on embedding sustainability throughout the business processes, ensuring that they function as responsible long-term investors that drives genuine, positive change in the real world.

Kathy Ryan is no stranger to the realms of sustainability and responsible investment. She’s set to helm M&G’s Group Sustainability Strategy, a role that demands the embedding of sustainability across all company facets. Her leadership aims to catalyse real-world positive transformations through responsible long-term investments.

Before joining M&G, Kathy was an integral part of Irish Life Investment Management (ILIM) where she wore the hat of the Head of Responsible Investment. There, she was instrumental in crafting and spearheading a team specifically dedicated to ESG. Her efforts in ILIM also encompassed championing ESG integration across various asset classes and fostering sustainable best practices industry-wide.

Kathy’s achievements also include chairing the CDP Ireland Network, pioneering the 30% Investor Initiative Ireland focusing on Diversity, and offering pivotal contributions to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan. Furthermore, she’s a notable figure in sustainable investing, having been the brains behind the ESG investment research and analytics firm, Global Green Investments. This firm has catered to esteemed clients such as the World Bank, the European Commission, and the UK Government.

Kathy Ryan is slated to join M&G on 13th November and will work under the guidance of Chief Financial Officer, Kathryn McLeland.

M&G Chief Financial Officer Kathryn McLeland said, “I’m delighted to welcome Kathy to M&G. The depth of her technical expertise and wealth of experience progressing sustainable investing makes her ideal to drive our sustainability strategy forward.”

Ryan commented, “Our industry has an immense role to play in improving sustainable outcomes achieved and financing the transition to net zero. Through responsible asset management, pensions, life and savings, M&G can play a significant role in developing sustainable long term investment solutions and building on existing initiatives such as PruFund Planet and its Catalyst investment strategy. I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on M&G’s existing capabilities and progress its approach to sustainability.”

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