Marisa Drew, WG’92
Chief Executive Officer, Impact Advisory and Finance Department
Marisa Drew, WG’92, has been in the investment banking business for 30 years. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Impact Advisory and Finance Department of Credit Suisse based in London.
Marisa acted as Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking and Capital Markets (IBCM) Division. Prior to this role, Marisa was the Global Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group. Marisa joined Credit Suisse in 2003 to establish the Leveraged Finance Origination Group.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Marisa worked for Merrill Lynch for 11 years. In 1999, she relocated to London, where she was instrumental in the formation of Merrill Lynch’s European Leveraged Finance Group. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Marisa worked for the private equity firm the Trump Group and the investment bank Kidder Peabody.
Marisa is co-chair of the Credit Suisse Diversity Leadership Council and a trustee of the Credit Suisse Foundation. She is the founder of the Competitors’ Diversity Forum and belongs to C200, an organization comprised of the top women in business globally. She is also the Bank’s senior ambassador for Wharton MBA recruiting. Marisa’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. Marisa is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard and a member of the FCA’s Markets Practitioner Panel.
In 2013, Marisa 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.” 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. From 2013 to 2017, she was further recognized as one of the top 10 investment bankers in Europe by the same publication. She received the Wharton Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. Credit Suisse awarded Ms. Drew the Overall Outstanding Leadership Award 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, Ms. Drew is an angel investor and has interests ranging from fintech to restaurants and a small farm holding in South Africa producing Cabernet wines.