LaSalle expands ESG platform with global and Americas leadership hires

LaSalle Investment Management has hired two new leaders to further accelerate the firm’s ESG initiatives. David DeVos has been appointed Global Head of ESG, and Elena Alschuler has joined the firm as Vice President of Sustainability in the Americas.

In his role, DeVos will be responsible for building on LaSalle’s global ESG strategy and objectives, while driving program execution in partnership with the firm’s regional Sustainability Officers, senior leadership and portfolio stakeholders. His oversight will include specific ESG programs, such as the firm’s initiatives on climate change and health and wellness, in addition to playing a central role in the LaSalle’s reporting activities for clients and industry benchmarks. He will report to LaSalle Global Chief Operating Officer Tim Kessler.

Prior to joining LaSalle, DeVos worked for PGIM Real Estate as the firm's Chief Sustainability Officer where he led efforts to secure numerous sustainability achievements and designations across a wide-ranging, diversified portfolio. Prior to PGIM, DeVos worked in architectural and sustainability-focused roles for Kohl's Department Stores. As a result of the programs, efforts and achievements during his tenure, Kohl's was recognised within Newsweek’s Green Rankings, as No1 Green Retailer. He has a double Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Alschuler will partner with DeVos and act as a central leader for LaSalle’s North America sustainability initiatives. She will work closely with the firm’s Portfolio Management team on sustainability strategies, as well as its Asset Management group to develop programs for property-level initiatives, including certifications, efficiency projects, energy procurement, green leases, and health & wellness projects. She will report to Kristy Heuberger, LaSalle’s Head of US Asset Management.

Alschuler joins LaSalle from View Inc, where she led real estate activities including the firm’s strategy and execution to scale adoption of smart glass in the office and multifamily sectors across the US and Canada. Prior to View Inc, Alschuler worked at the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC as a Building Technologies Project Manager, as well as the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and HR&A Advisors in New York. She has a Bachelor's degree from Bard College, and a Masters in City Planning from MIT.

Tim Kessler, Global Chief Operating Officer of LaSalle, says: “We are pleased to welcome David and Elena to their roles as we expand our commitment to ESG leadership. We believe that integrating ESG best practices into our day-to-day work is the most efficient method to maximize investment performance for our clients while minimizing our impact on the environment. We look forward to David and Elena’s contributions to grow our broader ESG program and portfolio performance in the years ahead.”

DeVos, Global Head of ESG at LaSalle, says: “I am thrilled to be joining LaSalle, and look forward to helping advance the firm’s ESG programs around the world. LaSalle has a strong foundation to build from, and I am excited to partner with our teams around the world to drive long-term, sustainable value for our clients, partners and colleagues.”

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