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September 4, 2019

Credit Suisse deepens commitment to impact investing with senior hires

Credit Suisse has pushed deeper into impact investing with the appointments of ex-UBS bankers James Gifford and Helen McDonald as well as former Lombard Odier banker Guillaume Bonnel.

Gifford has been appointed as the head of impact advisory, a newly created position.

He most recently served as the head of impact investing within the wealth management division of UBS.

Based in Singapore, he will now advise private wealth clients and support the thought leadership and impact industry development efforts of Credit Suisse.

In the new role, he will report to Impact Advisory and Finance (IAF) Department CEO Marisa Drew and head of wealth planning services for Asia-Pacific Bernard Fung.

McDonald was appointed as the UK head of foundations and impact advisory services at Credit Suisse.

In this newly-created role, she will advise UK clients on impact investment ambitions and will be in charge of UK nonprofit institutions.

She will operate out of London, reporting to the UK private banking team headed by Credit Suisse UK chief Christian Berchem and the IAF department headed by Drew.

McDonald most recently worked as the head of charities, foundations and social investing at UBS.

She also served at Goldman Sachs, SG Warburg Securities and Kleinwort Benson Investment Management.

Bonnel has been appointed as the head of sustainable and impact products at Credit Suisse.

He will operate out of Zurich, tasked with overseeing the impact product suite as well as driving associated product education and advisory services.

He will report to Drew and head of investment product management Steven Bates within investment solutions and products.

At Lombard Odier, Bonnel served as the head of impact investing. He previously worked at BNP Paribas.

Earlier this year, Credit Suisse appointed Daniel Wild as the global head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy.

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