Barclays appoints Marie Freier, Global Head of ESG Research

14 January 2021 , 07:45

London, 14 January 2021 – Barclays today announces the appointment of Marie Freier as Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Research. Based in London, Marie will lead the integration of ESG into Barclays fundamental research products, driving collaboration across regions and asset classes.

Under Marie’s leadership, Barclays’ dedicated ESG subject matter experts will work alongside credit and equity analysts to assess how ESG attributes impact financial risks and valuations across sectors and companies, ultimately driving security pricing.

Marie joins from Sanford Bernstein, where she served for six years as Head of European Product Management and, most recently, as both co-Head of European Sales and Global Head of ESG.

Jeff Meli, Head of Research at Barclays, said:

“We are thrilled to have someone with Marie’s calibre and experience joining Research and leading such a strategically important part of the business. Her appointment underscores our commitment to expanding and differentiating our ESG offering for clients.”

Notes to Editors:

  • Barclays’ Fundamental ESG Research complements the other two pillars of Barclays ESG Research:
  1. Sustainable & Thematic Investing, whose innovative reports track multi-decade, top-down structural shifts in consumer behaviour, demographics, the environment, and technology
  2. Quantitative Portfolio Strategy, whose ground-breaking reports track how ESG factors impact asset performance