American Century appoints new head of ESG and sustainable investing

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Sarah Bratton Hughes was named senior vice president and head of ESG and sustainable investing at American Century Investments.

A spokeswoman for American Century said Ms. Hughes replaces Guillaume Mascotto who “left the firm in July 2021.” Ms. Hughes is based in New York and reports to Victor Zhang, American Century’s senior vice president and chief investment officer, the spokeswoman added.

“As we look ahead, we want to accelerate our sustainable investing efforts and believe Sarah will help take us to that next level,” Mr. Zhang stated in a news release issued Monday.

In her position, 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,” the firm noted in the release.

Ms. Hughes formerly worked at Schroders, where she served as global head of sustainability solutions, American Century indicated in the release.

A spokeswoman for Schroders said by email “we have not replaced the global head of sustainability solutions role as yet.”

Based in Kansas City, Mo., American Century had $250 billion in assets under supervision (including separately managed accounts) as of Nov. 8, 2021.