Arlene Isaacs-Lowe leads Moody’s Relationship Management Team responsible for driving revenue and market coverage across all Fundamental Franchises in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The team’s objectives center around driving demand and retention for ratings by formulating marketing and outreach plans, executing on service level enhancement initiatives, identifying new product opportunities and assisting in the formulation of pricing strategies. These activities promote the value of the Moody’s brand and strengthens its competitive position.
Previously, Arlene led the US Financial Institutions, Real Estate, and Public, Project and Infrastructure Finance Relationship Management Teams responsible for business development and account management efforts for over 17,000 issuers. In 2010, Arlene joined Moody’s Commercial Group and was responsible for the business development and account management efforts for Moody’s US Bank Loan ratings franchise comprising over $1 trillion in rated bank loans.
Prior to joining the Commercial Group in 2010, Arlene was a lead credit analyst in Moody’s Financial Institutions Group for 12 years. There she developed rating methodologies and enhanced Moody’s analytical framework to respond to the effects of the credit crisis on rated issuers. She joined Moody’s in 1998 as a lead analyst in the Real Estate Finance team overseeing a portfolio of REITs, commercial real estate companies, mortgage banks and mortgage insurers. She was instrumental in expansion efforts that resulted in Moody’s achieving over 90 percent coverage of the market.
Arlene brought a unique and valuable perspective in analyzing real estate companies and financial institutions having achieved record returns as a real estate portfolio manager for MetLife Realty’s institutional investors. She combined this experience with an entrepreneurial perspective, adept financial management and business expertise gained while serving as the CFO and principal of a boutique real estate investment advisory firm, Equinox Realty Advisors.
A graduate of Howard University with a BBA in Accounting, Arlene was named one of the business school’s most prominent alumni and in 2011 was appointed to the Board of Visitors. She also holds an MBA, summa cum laude, from Fordham University. She is a Life Time member of the National Association of Black Accountants, a member of the Financial Women’s Association, the New York State Society of CPAs, the New York State Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute. Arlene serves as Treasurer of The Executive Leadership Council.
In 2010, she was named as one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women by The Network Journal and was honored as a Women of Distinction by The Girl Scout’s Council of Greater NY. In 2011, she was named one of the Top Women in Retail and Finance by Women of Color Magazine. In 2012 and 2014, she was named as one of the most Influential Blacks and one of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.