CEO of the Impact Advisory and Finance Department of 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 UK Conduct and Ethics Board and the UK Reputational Risk Committee.
Previously, Ms Drew acted as Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking and Capital Markets (IBCM) Division. Ms Drew 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 this role, Ms Drew was the Global Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group (GMSG), encompassing Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance and Equity and Debt Structured Derivatives Products. 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 is the Co-Chair of the Credit Suisse Diversity Leadership Council and is a Trustee of the Credit Suisse Foundation. She is 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 also the Bank's senior ambassador for Wharton MBA recruiting. Ms Drew's external activities include EMEA Advisory Board roles for the Milken Institute, The Wharton School, and the charities Room-to-Read and the Lessons for Life Foundation. Ms Drew is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard and 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 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 2017 and from 2013 to 2017 she has been further recognized 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. 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.