CEO of the Impact Advisory and Finance (IAF) Department, Credit Suisse
Marisa Drew is the CEO of the Impact Advisory and Finance (IAF) Department of Credit Suisse based in London. The IAF Department is responsible for setting the strategy as well as directing, coordinating and facilitating activities across the bank which lead to Impact Investing on behalf of the bank's private wealth, institutional and corporate clients. The IAF Department reports directly to Tidjane Thiam, the CEO of Credit Suisse. Ms Drew is a member of the Credit Suisse UK Conduct and Ethics Board, the Credit Suisse UK Reputational Risk Committee and she serves on the Markets Professional Panel advising the FCA on policies and regulation affecting the Financial Services Industry. Prior to this role, from 2013 to 2017 Marisa was the Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking and Capital Markets (IBCM) Division.
Ms. Drew has been in the investment banking business for over 30 years. Ms. Drew joined Credit Suisse in 2003 to establish the Leveraged Finance Origination Group. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ms. Drew worked for Merrill Lynch for eleven years. She relocated to London in 1999 where she was instrumental in the formation of Merrill Lynch's European Leveraged Finance Group. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Ms. Drew worked for the 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 sits on the Harvard Women's Leadership Board and is a Trustee of the Credit Suisse Foundation. She is also the founder of the Competitors' Diversity Forum and is a member of the C200, an organization comprised of the top women in business globally. She is the Bank's senior ambassador for Wharton MBA recruiting in Europe and sits on the EMEA advisory board for the Wharton School. She also sits on the advisory boards of Room-to-Read and the Lessons for Life Foundation.
In 2013, Ms Drew was recognised by the BBC as one of the Most Powerful Women in Britain and by Fortune Magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in International Business. Ms. Drew has also been recognized by Financial News in its "100 Most Influential Women in Finance" list in every year from its inception in 2007 through 2016 and from 2013 to 2016 she has been further recognised as one of the top ten investment bankers in Europe by the same publication. She was recognized with the Wharton Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009 and received the annual award for Achievement in Finance from Women in Banking and Finance in 2008.
Ms. Drew received a BA in Finance and Marketing with distinction from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School.