Marlys M. Appleton

Marlys Appleton photo 2Marlys M. Appleton is the President and Founder of Avtaar America, Inc., a wholesale metals trading and recycling firm.

Avtaar focuses on ferrous and non-ferrous metals domestically and abroad. Marlys has many years experience in the global fixed income markets in a variety of roles: advising institutional clients on market and economic trends and assessing and quantifying risks. She has experience modeling, valuing and stress testing assets, and delivering practical, cost effective analytic solutions that enhance understanding of risk and performance. Her strategic thinking and thought leadership on ESG integration helps mainstream asset managers accept innovative approaches to assessing and containing downside risk. Ms Appleton has been the architect of market strategies and lead responsible change within large and complex institutions and across borders.

She has been a pioneer in the asset management industry in developing enhanced due diligence in emerging risk. As Chair of AIG Asset Management’s Sustainability Steering Committee, she lead teams of financial professionals in risk and control assessment, stakeholder engagement, and developed critical messaging to educate market players of the potential risk to business and portfolios of high risk, low probability events. She was the first non-portfolio manager to sit on AIG Asset Management’s Proxy Committee voting on ESG issues.

Ms Appleton speaks at professional and academic venues in the US and abroad. She is a Board Member and Treasurer of WNSF, The Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future and an Advisory Board Member of the Pension Governance Board. Her contributions on interest rate modeling and corporate models are acknowledged in Ho & Lee’s Oxford Guide to Financial Modeling (2006) and in Approaches to Risk Management by Golub & Tilman (2000).

Ms Appleton has a MS in Management from MIT, a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Michigan.