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Ex-Hermes activists expand global advocacy team

Governance for Owners, the share owner advocacy group founded by former Hermes directors Peter Butler and Steve Brown, has announced nine new appointments in South East Asia, Europe, and the US.

Tan Lye Huat, regional adviser in South-East Asia, will concentrate on introducing clients. Based in Singapore, he has experience as a non-executive director and in specialist governance consultant roles.

Paola Perotti, a former managing director at Deutsche Bank's investment banking arm, joins the GO European Focus Fund team as managing director. She will be responsible for identifying companies suitable for GO's style of investing and for engaging with those companies once the investment is made, to enhance value.

Derek Scott has joined the board as an investor representative of the Railways Pension Trustee Company, which is both an investor in and client of GO.

GO's operational team in London has been strengthened with the appointment of David Birchall as director of finance and operations and Hattie Burgess as marketing manager.

In the US Elizabeth Fender, formerly director of corporate governance at the pension fund TIAA-CREF, will work on voting and engagement at American companies.

Harry Korine and Peter Rudin, will act as regional advisers to GO in Switzerland, Austria and Southern Germany. Korine is a strategist and academic and Rudin is an entrepreneur and board director.

In the Nordic region, GO has hired Niels Erik Petersen, former head of equities of ATP, Denmark's largest pension fund, as regional adviser.

The European regional advisers will introduce GO to potential clients and represent the group in shareholder engagements.

Butler, GO's chief executive, said the company had grown from two to 24 in the last six months. He added: "The appointment of regional advisors contributes greatly to the breadth and depth of expertise and contacts of the GO team. It is important to have people with local experience and networks to contribute to our investment, governance and engagement activities."

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