The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), with members responsible for assets of $59tn, regretfully announces the retirement of Henry Jones as Chair of the ICGN Board of Governors, due to unforeseen health issues.
Mr Jones who has also served as president of the CalPERS Board of Administration since 2019 is resigning that post this week as well.
Ian Burger, vice chair of the ICGN Board and head of Responsible Investment at Newton Investment Management said: “I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to Henry for all his efforts to the ICGN and for his effective leadership as Chair of the Board. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Henry. I pay tribute to Henry’s unfaltering professionalism and his fastidious attention to detail, coupled with a terrific sense of humour.”
Mr Jones joined the ICGN Board in September 2020 and was appointed Chair in September 2021. He generously committed his valuable experience to the ICGN having served also on the CalPERS Board, along with current and past Board of Director positions at the Pacific Pension Investment Institute, Toigo Foundation, Annuity Reserve Fund Board, and the Council of Institutional Investors.
"A man of integrity with a clear sense of diplomacy"
An active ICGN member for well over a decade, Mr Jones led the 2015 ICGN Annual Conference, hosted by CalPERS and CalSTRS in San Francisco in the United States. He also served as a member of ICGN’s Governance Committee and Nomination Committee, and worked closely with the CEO in managing the ongoing impact of the Covid pandemic on ICGN’s operations.
Kerrie Waring, ICGN chief executive, said: “Henry has actively participated in ICGN conferences and work programmes over many years, and we were honoured to welcome him to the Board in 2020 and as Chair in 2021. He has provided a steady steer on ICGN’s direction as we continue to navigate our way through the Covid pandemic, and he has been a wonderful mentor to us all. A man of integrity with a clear sense of diplomacy and professionalism, Henry will be dearly missed by the ICGN team, Board and membership around the world.”
The ICGN Board will announce a successor in due course.
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