Jean Perreault is a vice president with the pharmaceutical equity research team. Ms. Perreault joined Cowen after affiliations with State Street Bank, David L. Babson & Company, and Loomis, Sayles & Company, where she served as marketing coordinator for the fixed income management group. Ms. Perreault has a BS, summa cum laude, in business administration from Northeastern University and an MS in communications management from Simmons College, where her research into crisis management culminated in a dissertation on “Communicating Crisis As A Stage Of The Corporate Ecocycle.”
Many Hats, Many Helmets
You’ve been with Cowen for twenty years now, what keeps you going?
The sell side is high energy and I love the “work hard/play hard” culture. I thought I wanted to get into crisis management planning and disaster recovery, which is what I’d studied to do, but as (Managing Director and Health Care analyst) Steve Scala says, “Don’t think we don’t have our share of crises in the pharmaceutical and health care industries.”
You’re famous for riding a motorcycle into the Boston office, can you tell us about that?
It’s a 400 cc Suzuki. I’m not a huge motorcycle mama on a Harley. I live right outside of Boston, 10 miles from here, so from April to the first snow in December, that’s how I come into town. I got my license in 2003.
What’s the focus of your work?
We cover a lot of European companies. I maintain the basic research items on each, as well as our scorecard of our predictions and the reported results when they come out. There are no ordinary days and earnings season can get quite hectic.
Have you given any thought to retirement?
When I retire, and who knows when that will be, I am planning on continuing the work I do with a prison ministry. We do “Prayer and Share” session in women’s prisons once a month, mostly to get these women to talk. I get more out of it from them then they get from me. It makes me realize I’ve lived a very sheltered life. I grew up in a 2 parent household and mom and dad were always there for me. I would also like to work with Habitat for Humanity. I can pound a nail as well as anyone else.