Laura Barrowman is the Group Chief Information Officer at Credit Suisse, focusing on setting the direction for all of IT and ensuring the integrity of production environments within the bank’s control framework. She currently oversees over 12,000 employees globally.
During her 25-year tenure at Credit Suisse, Laura has held many leadership positions in the various IT organizations. Most recently, she served as the Chief Technology Officer responsible for the firm’s technology infrastructure, while previously acting as Chief Information Officer for Technology Services. Also during her tenure at Credit Suisse, she led the Production & Shared Testing Services Group, and was formerly the Head of Information Technology for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
Known as an innovative leader, Laura has honed her client relationship and vendor management skills, while developing a keen ability to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical persons. She has a proven track record of successful execution, delivery and problem solving, while simultaneously managing complex global projects and organizations.
Laura joined Credit Suisse First Boston in September 1994. Throughout her career, Laura has passionately championed and empowered females through leading women’s groups, such as the IT Women’s Champions. She is also very committed to the advancement and globalization of STEM programs – and the overall proliferation of elevated educational opportunities for children.
Other accolades of note include: serving as the co-chair of the WEF Global Future Council for Cybersecurity (2019); named to Financial News’ list of 100 Most Influential Women in Finance (2017, 2018, 2019); Credit Suisse Aeppli Winner (2018); and named to the Financial Times’ HERoes list of Champions of Women in Business (2018).