Impact-focused investment firm LeapFrog Investments announced today two new appointments, including Julie Wallace as Head of Impact, formerly Global Head of Sustainability at Standard Chartered, and TIAA’s former President and CEO Roger Ferguson as a Member of the firm’s Global Leadership Council.
In her new role, Wallace will be responsible for supporting investment teams in driving impact across their deal processes, and Ferguson will provide strategic guidance, insight, and connection to the company’s Founder and CEO Dr. Andy Kuper. Both Ferguson and Wallace will also help the company to advance the frontiers of impact investing.
“Our mission continues to be a magnet for industry-shaping leaders of Roger and Julie’s calibre, known for their integrity and commitment to transformational business. They join us at an inflection point for the impact investing industry, as top-tier institutional capital discovers the returns and the resilience achieved via purpose-led companies.”
Previously, Wallace spent 14 years at Standard Chartered Bank, most recently serving as Global Head, Sustainability & Community Engagement. At the Bank, she supported the integration of Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments. More factors and sustainability and oversaw the development of impact frameworks, measuring and reporting on the group’s contribution to sustainable economic growth and inclusion. Prior to this, she held roles within the Canadian Government, Corporate Councill on Africa, and African Development Bank.
“I am thrilled to join the longstanding global leader in delivering meaningful impact through investments. LeapFrog’s distinctive proposition was highly appealing to me given their long track record and specialism as well as their focus on highly compelling growth markets. I am excited to join the firm, to support the investment teams and to help advance the leading edge of profit with purpose investing.”
Ferguson previously served as President and CEO of leading financial services provider TIAA. He was also Head of Financial Services and a Member of the Executive Committee of Swiss Re and was previously the first African American to be Vice Chair of the US Federal Reserve. Currently, he serves on the boards of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and the cancer research and treatment institute Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
“LeapFrog has a large portfolio of fintech, insurtech and healthcare companies that are delivering essential services at a lower cost than ever before, dramatically improving the lives of low-income consumers. I hope that translating my experience in financial services, healthcare and regulation in developed markets into global growth markets will help LeapFrog accelerate these life-changing impacts for people in regions such as Africa and Asia.”
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