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American Century appoints new head of ESG

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MEDIA RELEASE: American Century Investments, a $250 billion* global investment manager, has named Sarah Bratton Hughes senior vice president and head of ESG and sustainable investing.

Ms Hughes, who joined the firm on 3 January 2022, also leads the ESG and Investment Stewardship team.

“Over the past five years, we have made tremendous progress in our environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts, building a solid foundation, deepening our ESG knowledge and developing innovative tools and resources. As we look ahead, we want to accelerate our sustainable investing efforts and believe Sarah will help take us to that next level,” said Victor Zhang, senior vice president and chief investment officer.

“In hiring Sarah, we have added to our team a talented ESG and sustainable investing leader with a distinguished reputation in the industry.”

Ms Hughes is responsible for driving and executing American Century’s sustainable investing strategy and the management of its ESG research platform and active ownership practices. Ms Hughes and her team serve as the center of ESG expertise for all the firm’s investment teams – implementing firmwide ESG research and training, innovating ESG assessment tools, managing the ESG engagement and proxy voting protocol and driving sustainable investment initiatives and client solutions.

Prior to joining American Century Investments, Ms Hughes was the global head of sustainability solutions with Schroders, where she was responsible for delivering innovative, best-in-class sustainability solutions to clients globally. Prior to that, Ms Hughes was head of sustainability for North America, where she led the strategic development and execution of sustainability initiatives. She was also responsible for ESG integration for all North American-based investment teams, including equities, fixed income and private assets.

Previously, Ms Hughes served as an investment director at Schroders, where she represented and articulated the firm’s value proposition for both US equities and sustainability to clients globally. Prior to that, she held roles at Schroders as an associate product manager and a product executive.

Before joining Schroders, Ms Hughes held roles at J.P. Morgan Asset Management and JPMorgan Chase. She has worked in the industry since 2007. She earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and in business management from St. Francis College. In 2021, Ms Hughes was named to Crain’s list of Notable Women on Wall Street and won the Markets Media Women in Finance award for Excellence in Sustainability. Additionally, she has authored thought leadership on U.S. sustainability policy as well as social sustainability topics globally.

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