Arabesque announces appointment of Georg Kell as new Chairman

Former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact succeeds Professor Robert G. Eccles

7th July 2017, London: Arabesque has today announced the appointment of Georg Kell as its new Chairman, succeeding Professor Robert G. Eccles.

Kell joined Arabesque in 2015 as Vice Chairman, following a 15-year period as the founding Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. Through his leadership, Kell helped to establish the Global Compact as the foremost platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible and sustainable corporate policies and practices.

On today’s announcement, Georg Kell said: “I am greatly looking forward to taking on the Chairmanship of Arabesque, as the firm continues to grow as a global leader in sustainable investment. I would like to express my deep gratitude to Professor Bob Eccles for his significant contribution to Arabesque over the past two years as Chairman, and wish him every success.”

In a career of more than 25 years at the United Nations, Mr. Kell also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact’s sister initiatives on investment, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and on education, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), together with the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative.

Omar Selim, CEO of Arabesque, said: “We are delighted to announce Georg Kell as Chairman of the board of Arabesque. Having first welcomed Georg to the firm in 2015, we have greatly benefitted from his leadership and deep understanding of corporate sustainability, and will continue to do so.”

Selim added: “I would like to thank Professor Eccles on behalf of everyone at Arabesque for his great contribution and commitment to the company over the past two years. He will be much missed, and we wish well for the future.”

Upon his departure Professor Eccles said: “It has been an honour to be the Founding Chairman of Arabesque and to work with the rest of the board, Omar, and his great team. I now look forward to focusing on reporting tools and frameworks that will make sustainable investing ubiquitous, and wish Arabesque well. I am very optimistic about their future.”