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Marisa Drew

Guest speaker

25 April 2018

Marisa Drew

Marisa Drew is CEO of the impact advisory and finance (IAF) department of Credit Suisse, based in London. The IAF department is responsible for setting strategy as well as directing, coordinating and facilitating activities globally across the bank, leading to sustainable finance on behalf of the bank’s private wealth, institutional and corporate clients. The IAF department reports directly to Tidjane Thiam, CEO of Credit Suisse. Ms Drew is a member of the UK conduct and ethics board and the Credit Suisse group reputational risk committee.

Previously, Ms Drew acted as co-head of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) investment banking and capital markets (IBCM) division. She served on the IBCM global operating committee, the UKIB executive committee and the EMEA capital and risk committee.

Ms Drew has been in the investment banking business for 30 years. Prior to her current role, she was the co-head of the global markets solutions group, which encompasses equity capital markets, debt capital markets, leveraged finance and equity and debt-structured derivatives products. She joined Credit Suisse in 2003 to establish the leveraged finance origination group. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ms Drew worked for Merrill Lynch for 11 years. She relocated to London in 1999 where she was instrumental in the formation of Merrill Lynch’s European leveraged finance group. Before joining Merrill Lynch, Ms Drew had worked for private equity firm, the Trump Group, and the investment bank, Kidder Peabody. 

Ms Drew is also active in recruitment, diversity and philanthropic initiatives in the industry. She is a trustee of the Credit Suisse Foundation, the founder of the Competitors’ Diversity Forum and is a member of the C200, an organisation comprised of the world’s top women in business. Ms Drew’s external activities include EMEA advisory board roles for The Wharton School and the charity Room-to-Read. She also serves on the women’s leadership board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is a member of the FCA’s markets practitioner panel.

In 2013, Ms Drew was recognized by the BBC as one of the most powerful women in Britain and by Fortune as one of the 50 most powerful women in international business. She has also been recognised by Financial News as one of the 100 most influential women in finance every year from 2007 through 2017. From 2013 to 2017 she was recognised as one of the top ten investment bankers in Europe by the same publication. In 2017, she was bestowed the Variety Catherine Award for Finance and Banking, the Dress for Success Power Women Award for Investment Banking and the Markets Choice Award for Excellence in European Banking and Capital Markets. Credit Suisse awarded Ms Drew the Overall Outstanding Leadership Award (The Aeppli Prize) in 2012.

Ms. Drew received a BA in finance and marketing, with distinction, from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce in 1986 and an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School in 1992.

In her spare time, she is an active angel investor and has interests ranging from fintech to restaurants. She also has a small farm holding in South Africa producing cabernet wines.