David Freeder, a renewable energy expert, has been named head of sustainable infrastructure at Guinness Global Investors, formerly Guinness Asset Management.
Freeder will be in charge of driving the company’s sustainable infrastructure service development, as well as developing the firm’s larger strategy and investor offering in sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy.
Freeder formerly managed his own firm, where he was involved in investment management and transaction services support. He formerly worked as an investment director at Downing LLP, as well as positions with EY and Deloitte.
Guinness changed to Guinness Global Investors earlier last month, citing the need to “represent the company’s activities and investor focus more accurately” due to its multinational investor base and global funds.
Guinness’ head of institutional, Charlie Crole, said: “David’s broad-ranging experience will considerably enhance Guinness’s capabilities in renewable energy infrastructure investment, where Guinness has a long and successful record of investing. Institutional investors, in particular, are increasingly looking to this asset class to provide stable, risk-adjusted returns and to help in the fight against climate change.”
Freeder also added: “Sustainable infrastructure investment has never been as necessary as it is now, with people recognising the importance of clean sources of energy in the face of climate change and its role in securing energy supply. Guinness’s leadership is committed to growing its funds under management in this sector, making it an exciting time to be joining the team.”