Andrew Lazar has long been interested in the packaged goods industry. Prior to joining the sell side in 1995, the Barclays analyst worked as a strategist advising consumer-goods companies, including Unilever.
"After a couple of years in strategic planning at Unilever, I really wanted to marry my interest in packaged goods with the financial markets, particularly the equities side," he says, "And the analyst role seemed a perfect marriage of those two things."
Lazar debuted on the All-America Research Team in 2001 as a runner-up in Food, rose to second place the following year, captured the top spot in 2003 and has stayed there ever since. This year he achieves entry in the All-America Research Team Hall of Fame, which honors those analysts who have earned ten or more first-place finishes in their respective sectors.
Institutional Investor Senior Writer Julie Segal spoke with Lazar about his career and the changing role of the research analyst.
Full results of this year's All-America Research Team will be unveiled Tuesday, October 16.