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Rotterdam, 14 March 2013 – Robeco Group announces today that Edith Siermann, CIO Fixed Income Investments, will become responsible for the RobecoSAM Governance and Active Ownership unit in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. As part of this new responsibility, Edith will assume a role in the further alignment of the group wide efforts in Sustainability Investing of RobecoSAM in Zurich and Robeco in Rotterdam. Her appointment follows the Robeco Management Board decision to further align and accelerate Robeco’s Sustainability Investing efforts, as announced on 14 January 2013. Edith will take on this responsibility in addition to her current position as CIO Fixed Income and co-head Investment Products.
Roderick Munsters, CEO Robeco Group: “Edith has been involved in Robeco’s Sustainability Investing efforts since the very beginning. We are confident that her new role will provide everything that is required to further enhance the deep and interdisciplinary collaboration between Rotterdam and Zurich.”
Erik Breen, who has been head of the Active Ownership and Governance unit since 2004 will leave Robeco to pursue other career opportunities in the asset-management and pension-fund industry. Erik began his career at Robeco in 1996 and held senior portfolio-management positions in various teams within the investment department.
Roderick Munsters: “In the past decade Robeco has developed into one of the global leaders in the field of Sustainability Investing. Erik’s contribution to this has been substantial. He has fervently advocated Sustainability Investing at Robeco and has helped initiate and build the company’s voting and engagement activities. His pioneering work has made him a globally respected authority on active ownership and a Robeco ambassador. We are very grateful for his contribution to Robeco’s achievements in terms of Sustainability Investing”.