Fighting supertaxes, new regulation and a hostile mood towards banking, Noreen Doyle chairs the British Bankers’ Association
If Newmont needs an ally in the banking world, it has one in non-executive chair Noreen Doyle, an Ivy League-educated American (with an Irish passport) who went into banking in the 1970s and spent four decades skipping lunch in favour of a sandwich at her desk, rising to become chair of Credit Suisse in London.
Truly transatlantic, Doyle has served on dozens of boards, from New York-based think tanks to British defence contractors expanding in the US. Not easily ruffled (and some way short of the cutting edge when it comes to tech), her forte is steering divergent groups towards consensus, from banks and politicians setting supertax levels to environmentalists and lenders
thrashing-out loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Doyle built its syndication division).
Executives tend to do what they're measured on, says Doyle, who when pushed tends to stand her ground, and a company's reputation is “the most valuable asset” it has. Whilst banking has gone from “respectable and dull” to “something worse”, mining offers an “endlessly intriguing” combination of both politics and M&A.
Doyle is chair of the British Bankers’ Association. Advises headhunter Sapphire Partners. MBA from the Tuck School of Business in New Hampshire. Predictably, Doyle has also served on its board.