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Sparks Episode 8: COP26 and the Path Ahead

Sparks Podcast | Episode 008 | December 10, 2021

Show Contributors: Kevin Berryman, Marisa Drew, Zoe Haseman, Jens Nielsen
COP26 and the Path Ahead; Featuring Kevin Berryman, President & CFO, Jacobs; and Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse

From exploring carbon-cutting technologies in Scotland to learning about how the impacts of climate change can affect the security of global health resilience, this special edition podcast series has highlighted new information and perspectives and has challenged what we thought we knew.

In this final episode we discuss COP26 and the Path Ahead and reflect on learnings from across the series and to discuss how we can Collaborate. Act. Commit to create a more resilient and sustainable world, together.

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Kevin Berryman

Kevin Berryman, President and Chief Financial Officer, Jacobs

“At Jacobs, we know that our biggest opportunity to positively address climate change and societal inequalities comes from the solutions we provide our clients. We’re well positioned to help change the world, providing solutions to our clients that help them make a positive environmental, societal and economic difference.”

Kevin is President and Chief Financial Officer for Jacobs. With over 40 years of professional experience, he manages all aspects of corporate finance including accounting, investor relations, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, global business services, tax, information technology and real estate functions. In addition, he also oversees corporate communications, internal audit, enterprise business services and digital information technology.

Kevin serves as Executive Sponsor for PlanBeyond, Jacobs global sustainable business strategy, and represents Jacobs as a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact CFO Task Force for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Previously, Kevin was EVP and CFO at International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., an S&P 500 company and global creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products. Prior to that he worked at Nestle for 25 years where he held various financial and operational roles including Treasury, M&A, Strategic Planning and CFO of Nestle’s largest acquisition, Ralston Purina.

Kevin earned his BA in Economics from Occidental College and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he serves as a Board member for the Center for Global Management. Most recently Kevin joined the Board of Directors for PA Consulting.

Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse

"COP 26 truly demonstrated the public and private sector comprehension of the necessity, and the power, of collaboration to tackle the threat of climate change - we have an enormous task ahead of us but the convening left me simultaneously realistic and optimistic."

Marisa Drew

Marisa Drew is responsible for setting the sustainable strategy and ambition for the bank and for creating and facilitating sustainable investments on behalf of Credit Suisse's wealth management, institutional and corporate clients. Marisa has been with Credit Suisse for 18 years and in the investment banking industry for over 30 years. Prior to this, she was the Co-Head of the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division, EMEA.

Marisa serves on the advisory boards of numerous leadership, sustainability and civil society organizations, including the Aspen Institute UK, Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy, the FCA’s Markets Practitioner’s Panel and co-chair of the HLG for Humanitarian Aid and the Oceans Panel.

Her external activities also include serving on EMEA Advisory Boards of The Wharton School and charity Room-to-Read.

We hope you enjoyed the podcast. If you have any questions or would like to reach us or our guests, we would love to hear from you. Find out more about COP26 and get in touch with us here.

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