T. Rowe Price today announced that Maria Elena Drew has joined the firm as director of research, responsible investing. In this role, Maria Elena will deepen the firm’s research on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations and focus on the continued incorporation of ESG analysis into the firm’s investment decisions. ESG considerations are increasingly important to many of the firm’s clients and prospects.
Maria Elena will partner with Donna Anderson, head of corporate governance, and work closely with T. Rowe Price’s investment teams to develop and integrate an ESG framework across geographies and asset classes. Adding her expertise to the firm’s existing corporate governance capabilities also allows for a more holistic approach to integration of ESG factors into the firm’s investment process.
Maria Elena will report to Rob Sharps, group chief investment officer and co-head of global equity. She is based in London.
Maria Elena comes to T. Rowe Price from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where she worked for nine years as an equity analyst, portfolio manager, and ESG specialist. Prior to that, Maria Elena worked in various research analyst roles. In total, she has 20 years of investment experience. She is a graduate of Smith College.
T. Rowe Price is a signatory to multiple responsible investing initiatives globally, including Investor CDP, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, and the UK Investor Forum. For more information about how T. Rowe Price incorporates ESG considerations into investment decisions, please visit troweprice.com/esgpolicy.
Rob Sharps, group chief investment officer and co-head of global equity:
“Environmental, social and governance factors are important in any comprehensive investment research process. We’re pleased to have someone of Maria Elena’s caliber and experience on our team to further develop and integrate ESG considerations into our investment process.”
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