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Michelle Girard

Managing Director, Co-Head Global Economics, Head of Strategic Coordination & Business Operations, US

Joined NatWest Markets

2004

In current position

2020

Responsibilities

Michelle serves as Co-Head of Global Economics and Head of Strategic Coordination & Business Operations in the US. As Co-Head of Global Economics and a Managing Director for NatWest Markets, she oversees economists in the US, China, and India, forecasting growth, inflation, monetary and fiscal policy, and interest rates for the global and regional economies. Michelle analyzes developments in international trade and geopolitics, and has studied the implications of longer-term trends in demographics and technology. Collaborating with market strategists across the globe, Michelle provides synergistic analysis for NatWest Markets customer base on market-moving developments. Michelle is also a regular speaker and commentator on the economic outlook on various print, radio, and television news media including CNBC, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV & Radio, and Yahoo! Finance.
In her role as Head of Strategic Coordination and Business Operations, US, Michelle looks after the US operational and business control functions to ensure a well-controlled environment that is within the bank’s risk appetite. She works closely with both the NatWest Markets and NatWest Group leadership teams to coordinate the bank’s global strategic objectives.
As a member of the US Management Committee, Michelle works with other senior leaders to set and implement business strategy in the region. Alongside the US Chief Information Officer, Michelle focuses on innovation efforts in the region, examining Fintech partnerships and other growth opportunities at the intersection of business and technology. As an Executive Co-Sponsor of the US Energized Employee network, Michelle leads initiatives in diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, recognition, and well-being. She is a founding member of the NatWest Markets Women’s Network SteerCo and has taken an active role in helping to create and strengthen the talent development offerings for women across the organization.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining the bank, Michelle held roles as Co-Head of the Fixed Income Strategy & Research Group at Prudential Securities, Chief Economist at Sanwa Securities (USA) and Economist with Bear Stearns. Michelle began her professional career as a Research Assistant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC.

Education

MA & BS (magna cum laude) from Miami University, Ohio

Board and Professional Associations

NatWest Markets Securities Inc. Board of Directors
Investment Advisory Council, Archdiocese of New York
Miami University Economics Board
The Economic Club of New York

Contact details

Tel: +1 203 897 2818 Email: michelle.girard@natwestmarkets.com