DWS has appointed Desiree Fixler as Group Sustainability Officer (GSO), marking another significant milestone in our path towards sustainability. Desiree will be based in London and will report to CEO, Asoka Woehrmann. She joins from US alternative investment specialist ZAIS, where she served as Portfolio Manager and Managing Director for Impact Investing; she has also previously held senior positions at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.
The GSO role – which has been newly created – will come into effect in August 2020, and is designed to ensure we implement an ESG strategy that is consistent across all regions, and fully aligns with our duties both as a fiduciary and as a corporate. Key responsibilities include orchestrating all of DWS’s sustainability efforts globally across the entire value chain, linking all of the teams working on sustainability topics across the firm.
Asoka Woehrmann, CEO of DWS said: “The appointment of our GSO is a huge step for us in creating a holistic approach to ESG at DWS. We are delighted to have Desiree on board to drive our sustainability strategy forward. She has a fantastic track record in responsible investing, as well as valuable experience in global capital markets and product innovation. Her proven ability to develop ESG risk management, policy and reporting frameworks also makes her the perfect fit to elevate DWS’s status to become a leading ESG asset manager globally.”
Desiree’s role also complements recent organizational changes, as she will work closely with all business areas to embed sustainability into everything we do.
Desiree explained: “I look forward to joining DWS as Group Sustainability Officer, a firm that already has over 20 years of heritage in sustainable investing. I am excited to apply and share my knowledge and experience in responsible investing, which I have been building since as far back as 2005. Becoming GSO also allows me to advance a common goal that I have with DWS: to mainstream ESG integration and impact investing across the entire value chain of asset management.”
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DWS Group (DWS) is one of the world's leading asset managers with EUR 700bn of assets under management (as of 31 March 2020). Building on more than 60 years of experience and a reputation for excellence in Germany and across Europe, DWS has come to be recognized by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.
We offer individuals and institutions access to our strong investment capabilities across all major asset classes and solutions aligned to growth trends. Our diverse expertise in Active, Passive and Alternatives asset management – as well as our deep environmental, social and governance focus – complement each other when creating targeted solutions for our clients. Our expertise and on-the-ground-knowledge of our economists, research analysts and investment professionals are brought together in one consistent global CIO View, which guides our investment approach strategically.
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