The Board of Directors of BNP Paribas (Canada) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gautier Dirckx as President and Chief Executive Officer, following the appointment of Mr. Edward Speal as Regional Head of Global Structured Finance for the Americas in New York.

After having held different positions for Banque Indosuez in Paris and SBC Warburg in London, Gautier joined the group in 1997 as Senior Credit Officer for Structured Finance. In 2000, he was appointed Global Head of Credit for ECEP (Energy Commodities Export Project), and became a member of its Management Committee. Since 2007, he has been Deputy Global Head of Commodity Finance for ECEP in Paris.

Mr. Dirckx holds a Business Degree from the University of Leuven and a Master in Law from the University of Brussels.

BNP Paribas is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 4 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in over 85 countries, with more than 168,000 employees. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking.

In Canada since 1961, the bank offers a broad range of specialized financial services and investment products to medium and large sized companies with local and international activities. BNP Paribas (Canada) has its Head Office in Montreal with offices in Toronto and Vancouver.

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