Candace Browning
Head of Global Research, Bank of America

For the second year in a row, Candace Browning saw her Bank of America Merrill Lynch team ranked the top global research firm by Institutional Investor, based on surveys of buy-side firms on which Wall Street analysts provided the most helpful insights in a dozen countries and regions.

BofA, for example, was one of the first firms last fall to highlight Japan as an attractive investment in both the equity and fixed-income asset classes, driving revenue for itself and for clients.

One of Browning's strategies was to improve the connectivity of BofA Merrill Lynch offices worldwide, to encourage the flow of ideas and information. The use of Telepresence, a high-end videoconferencing technology, enables junior analysts, for example, to meet with senior staff anywhere in the world via the face-to-face linkup. It's aided the development of the firm's growing Asia presence, where the group has been integrating new economic research products, including foreign exchange.

Browning, who has an MBA from Columbia, remains actively involved in women's leadership efforts. She is part of the Global Ambassadors partnership that BofA has with Vital Voices to provide mentoring to women leaders in emerging nations. This year Browning traveled to India for a Global Ambassadors program involving more than 250 female entrepreneurs and small-business owners in New Delhi and Mumbai.

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