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BNL: Robert Ricci has been appointed head of the Corporate Division

Rome, 24th January 2007. BNL is pleased to announce that Robert Ricci has been appointed director of its Corporate Division.

Robert Ricci, until now Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas Suisse, returns to Italy where, from 1992 to 2003, he had been Chief Executive of BNP Paribas. He began his career in the Group in 1971 and in 1989 he arrived in Milan as Deputy CEO of the Paribas Group. With his deep knowledge of the Italian financial and manufacturing markets, Ricci made a very significant contribution to the development of the business and the BNP Paribas brand in Italy.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of many companies and has an extensive network of high-level contacts in the financial, business and public administration sectors.

Commenting on this appointment Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, managing director of BNL said : “Robert Ricci's arrival at the Corporate Division brings a manager with the highest professional qualities and an unparalleled experience of the BNP Paribas Group. I am confident his arrival will give a strong boost to the business and ensure full achievement of our business plan objectives.”

The Corporate Division deals with corporate markets business and public administration; supervising, developing and managing the Group's offerings and customer portfolio as well as its products and sales channels.

BNL, established in 1913, is a major Italian banking group and one of the best-known brands in Italy. Today it is part of the BNP Paribas Group, European leader in banking and financial services, and one of the 15 leading banks in the world for its stock exchange capitalization. The Group operates in 85 countries in the world with more than 140,000 collaborators and holds key positions in three large sectors: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking.
BNL, with approximately 900 sales points in Italy, offers a wide range of products and services, from traditional types to the most innovative, to satify its clients' many requirements (private individuals and families, companies and the Public Administration.)