Chief Technology Officer, Credit Suisse
An innovative leader in the firm’s Chief Operating Officer Division, Laura currently oversees over 5,000 employees globally as CTO of Credit Suisse. Laura focuses on providing core technology services to the organization and ensuring the integrity of IT production environments within the bank’s control framework. In addition to her duties as CTO, Laura is also the Chief Information Security Officer, and Head of UK IT (UK & Ireland) and UK Group COO IT SMR.Prior to assuming her current multi-faceted role, Laura held a number of management positions within Credit Suisse over her 23-year tenure. Most recently she served as CIO for Technology Services. She also previously led the Production & Shared Testing Services Group, and was formerly the Head of Information Technology for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. At Credit Suisse, 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 is the global lead for the firm’s IT Women’s Council, a diversity forum which develops strategies to advance the career development, mentorship and networking opportunities for women in Credit Suisse IT.- Laura has been recognized as a role model and trailblazer in financial services technology, and is regularly consulted and supports educational initiatives to promote female students pursuing higher education and careers in IT.-Laura is the Credit Suisse Executive Champion for the bank's sponsorship of STEMconnector and the European expansion of its Million Women Mentors Initiative.- In 2012, as Regional EMEA Head of IT for Credit Suisse, Laura was selected by ComputerWeekly.com as one of the 25 most influential women in UK IT.