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Robert McConnaughey Discusses a Strategic Approach to ESG on 7investing.com Podcast

Robert McConnaughey, SVP portrait

Robert McConnaughey

SVP, Investor Relations Advisory & Community Impact
Robert McConnaughey, SVP portrait

Robert McConnaughey​

Senior Vice President, Investor Relations Advisory and ESG

Joined 2021​


  • Institutional Investor/Buy-Side Landscape
  • Shareholder Value Creation Techniques
  • Capital Allocation
  • ESG & Stakeholder Impact Strategies
  • REITs
  • Strategic Transformation
  • Non-Profit Leadership Strategy and Branding

As Senior Vice President, Investor Relations Advisory and ESG, Robert oversees the firm’s value-added advisory solutions. He brings a deep buy-side background to his work advising clients on their overall capital markets engagement efforts.

Robert joined Corbin as Senior Vice President and Head of ESG, which advises corporate clients on ESG strategies and nonprofit clients on strategic planning and communications.

Prior to joining Corbin, Robert had over two decades of experience as senior leader of some of the world’s largest investment firms, including Fidelity Investments, Prudential, Citi Asset Management, and Columbia Threadneedle Investments, where he also built out and led the global responsible investing and ESG effort. He also founded Thistlebrook Solutions, an impact investing and consulting firm committed to catalyzing success for outstanding mission-driven enterprises.

In addition to his investing experience, Robert has worked as a committed volunteer leader and public servant focused on environmental conservation, education access, economic development, and effective government. Robert has served as the chairman of the board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Financial Advisory Board under Governor Patrick, the Trust for Public Land-New England, and the UP Academy charter schools of Boston and Dorchester, on the boards of Jou Nouvo and Metro Lacrosse (now Harlem Lacrosse), and as Deputy Commissioner/Head of Legislative, External Affairs and Policy group within Administration and Finance for Governor Baker (MA).

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University. He resides in Cohasset, MA with his wife, Martha and their three children.

Robert McConnaughey, who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Investor Relations Advisory and Community Impact, was featured in a podcast on Investing in Environmental, Social and Governance with Dan Kline from 7investing.com.

McConnaughey discussed how taking a well-integrated and thoughtful approach to ESG is an important part of a larger business strategy. A strategy “where goodness of heart aligns with business goals” will be more durable and beneficial to a wider array of stakeholders than more of a “check the box” activity, he explained.

In his new role at Corbin Advisors, McConnaughey leads the firm’s Advisory Group while maintaining his responsibilities overseeing the Community Impact practice. It’s a marriage of two interests – mainstream investing and ESG – that have defined his career and reflect his belief that ESG is a component of a larger business strategy.

With more than two decades of experience on the buy-side in large investment firms, McConnaughey has focused more recently on ESG investing, including founding Thistlebrook Solutions, an impact investing and consulting firm committed to catalyzing success for outstanding mission-driven enterprises.

“ESG intersects with my personal interests,” said McConnaughey, who earned a master’s in environmental management from Duke University and has volunteered extensively in conservation, education and economic development in his native Massachusetts. “I deeply believe the principles of ESG are the right things to do, but that it is more than just a moral imperative. It’s based on business fundamentals.”

Listen to the podcast for more information.

Learn more about ESG and working with Corbin Advisors on ESG communications gap analysis, market research into ESG ecosystems and trends, and ESG-dedicated investor presentations.

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