Social Governance

AEA Investors Announces Appointment of Heidi DuBois as Global Head of ESG

Published on: 26 February 2022
by KnowESG
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AES investors, a global private investment firm, recently announced the appointment of Heidi DuBois to its newly created position of Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance. The new role requires DuBois to formalise AEA's global strategy across portfolios and build up the management level ESG activities.

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Heidi DuBois has over 20 years of experience in sustainability, corporate governance and investor engagement in advisory and corporate roles.

She was global head of ESG at Edelman, a public relations consultancy, before joining AEA, where she worked with senior executives to design, execute and communicate their ESG strategies to investors and other stakeholders. She also worked at BNY Mellon, overseeing the corporate social responsibility and philanthropic functions. At the beginning of her career, she practised law at Debevoise & Plimpton before serving ESG and corporate governance at Assurant and PepsiCo.

Brian Hoesterey, Chief Executive Officer of AEA, said: “For many years AEA has recognized the value of ESG from both a risk management and a value creation perspective. By incorporating material, measurable and actionable ESG considerations into our deal process, portfolio management and at the firm level, we accelerate the positive impact we have on all our stakeholders. While we are proud of the strides we have made to date with AEA’s comprehensive ESG program centred on investment diligence and portfolio company monitoring and value-creation, we remain steadfast in our commitment to continuous improvement and are pleased to welcome Heidi to AEA as we embark on a new chapter in our ESG journey.”

DuBois said: “I am delighted to be joining AEA at a pivotal moment for ESG in the private markets. At the same time that allocation to private investment is accelerating, the global community is doubling down on efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change on livelihoods and the environment. I look forward to helping AEA continue to evolve its policies and procedures to incorporate new insights and ensure our investment teams are equipped to identify rapidly-shifting ESG risks and opportunities and deepen AEA’s reporting and analytics capabilities.”