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S&P Global Announces Appointment of Fred Samama Head of Strategic Development for Sustainable 1

Published on: 10 February 2022 02:35 PM
by KnowESG

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S&P Global, a leading provider of credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics, has named Fred Samama as Head of Strategic Development for Sustainable1, its newly created ESG and sustainability-focused business.

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Samama will be in charge of conducting engagements with the firm's customers to examine and evaluate their climate and ESG demands in his new job. Samama will also work with colleagues across S&P Global to create and deploy solutions that will assist businesses, investors, and governments in navigating and realising the net-zero and sustainability transition.

This appointment comes in the wake of a milestone year for S&P Global and ESG, which included the launch of S&P Global Sustainable1 in April 2021. Sustainable1 brings together S&P Global's resources and comprehensive product range of data, benchmarking, analytics, evaluations, and indexes to provide customers with a 360-degree picture to assist them to accomplish their sustainability goals. S&P Global announced the acquisition of The Climate Service in January 2022 to expand its leading range of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data and solutions for its customers.

Dr Richard Mattison, President of S&P Global Sustainable1, said: “I am delighted that Fred Samama is joining S&P Global Sustainable1 as Head of Strategic Development to accelerate our innovation in ESG and Climate. More than ever, investors and companies seek evidence-based insights, high-quality data and advanced analytics to support the decisions driving their strategies linking sustainability and business performance. Our comprehensive coverage across global markets combined with in-depth ESG intelligence provides financial institutions, corporations and governments with an unmatched level of clarity and confidence. Fred’s extensive experience and deep knowledge of ESG and climate will bring an additional layer of critical capability to support the continued growth and success of our portfolio of ESG insights and solutions.”

Samama comes to S&P Global from CPR Asset Management (CPR AM), the thematic equities arm of Amundi, Europe's biggest asset manager. He was Chief Responsible Investment Officer at CPR AM. He joined Amundi in 2009 as Head of Responsible Investment and Co-Head of Institutional and Sovereign Clients, among other positions.

Samama said: “I am thrilled to join S&P Global Sustainable1. With more than half the world’s assets under management committed to net zero, we have seen a huge rise in the mobilization of the finance sector on climate, investors and companies are increasingly employing ESG analytics and insights to inform their decision making. It is essential they have access to the most rigorous and credible data and tools to support their decision making to support the realization of their commitments. S&P Global is an incredible business with talented people and well-positioned resources to support its clients in securing a sustainable future for all.”