The General Management of BNP Paribas is composed of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) plus two Chief Operating Officers (COO) and two Deputy Chief Operating Officers.

As Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé bears responsibility for the management of the Group and, for this purpose, is invested with extensive powers. Accordingly, all operational activities and Group functions fall under his direct responsibility.

The Executive Committee brings together the General Management as well as 14 other members - Heads of businesses and central functions. They meet at least once a week.

Alain Papiasse

Chairman of Corporate and Institutional Banking, oversee the Group’s activity in North America and the United Kingdom


Alain Papiasse began his career in 1973 at Crédit Lyonnais. He held various positions there, including Credit Analyst and Deputy Senior Banker, before being appointed Crédit Lyonnais Executive Vice President for the Americas in 1996. In 2002, Alain Papiasse was appointed Vice President of Crédit Lyonnais and in 2003, Vice President of Crédit Agricole Indosuez Calyon following the merger between Crédit Lyonnais and Crédit Agricole. 

In January 2005, he joined BNP Paribas as a member of the BNP Paribas Group Executive Committee and Head of Investment Solutions, the Group’s division responsible for administering customers’ savings programmes and providing asset management. In April 2009, he was appointed Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking division (CIB), and in December 2011 becomes Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Group.

In 2018, Alain Papiasse is appointed Chairman of CIB and brings his expertise and knowledge of the BNP Paribas Group to develop relationships with large international clients, while continuing to oversee the Group’s activities in North America (Chairman of BNP Paribas USA Inc.), the United Kingdom, the MEA Region and India.

Alain Papiasse is also Chairman of Exane-BNP Paribas, as well as President of the Steering Committee at Paris-Europlace, and President of the French-American Foundation.


Alain Papiasse is a graduate of three French business schools: Institut Technique de Banque, Centre d’Etudes Supérieurs de Banque and HEC business school (EMBA).