CEO Impact Advisory and Finance
Marisa Drew is the CEO of the Impact Advisory and Finance (IAF) Department of Credit Suisse based in London. Reporting directly to the CEO of Credit Suisse, the IAF Department is responsible for setting the strategy as well as directing, coordinating and facilitating activities across the bank which lead to sustainable finance on behalf of the bank’s private wealth, institutional and corporate clients.
Previously, Ms Drew acted as Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking and Capital Markets (IBCM) Division. 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 and a number of other investment banks and private equity firms. She has been in the investment banking business for 30 years.
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 Wharton School, and the charities Room-to-Read and the Lessons for Life Foundation. Marisa is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard, a member of the FCA’s Markets Practitioner Panel and of several High Level Working Groups sponsored by the World Economic Forum. Ms Drew has been 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 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, Ms Drew is an active angel investor.