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BNP Paribas introduces “Ace Manager – The Second Set”, the second edition of its professional online adventure game

  • 20.10.2009
In 2010, BNP Paribas plans to hire about 15,000 people worldwide

BNP Paribas is introducing “Ace Manager – The Second Set”, the second edition of its professional online adventure game. This international game is open to all university level students (at the bachelor's or master's level) under the age of 26.

“Ace Manager – The Second Set” was designed in collaboration with BNP Paribas bankers. The game reflects the Group's strategy of raising BNP Paribas' profile and enhancing its appeal to young people outside of France in order to become an employer of choice among students throughout the world.

During the game's online phase, participating teams, each composed of 3 students, will test their aptitude for performing a range of banking activities in a challenge based on the economics of tennis. Students will also have to demonstrate their ability to embrace BNP Paribas' values: responsiveness, creativity, ambition and commitment.

THE MISSION: assist retired tennis star John McKenzie to launch his company “Green Tennis INC.”, which markets eco-sustainable development products related to the sport.

To confront this challenge, students must:
- Create a financial plan to launch the new company and promote its growth (Corporate and Investment Banking)

- Advise John McKenzie on real estate and asset management questions (Investment Solutions)

- Support the company “Green Tennis INC.” in its international business development (Retail Banking)

These three challenges will give students an understanding of the group's three core businesses: Retail Banking, , Investment Solutions and Corporate and Investment Banking.

This international competition will be conducted in English and will begin with an initial online phase from 17 February through 17 March 2010 on the dedicated site
“Ace Manager – The Second Set” will conclude with a grand finale competition for the five best teams to be held in Paris in mid-April 2010. The candidates will then face the ultimate challenge before a jury of experts consisting of emeritus professors from participating schools and members of BNP Paribas' senior management.

The finalist teams will receive prizes:
The top team will receive €9,000
The runners-up, €3,000
The third place team, €1,500
Tennis tournament tickets will also be awarded to all finalists.

Students may register beginning 20 October 2009 on the game's dedicated website,

To raise its profile and hence its appeal among top universities and schools worldwide, BNP Paribas has capitalised on its standing in the world of tennis, where it boasts high visibility due to 37 years of patronage worldwide. It has a powerful recruiting capacity and offers an array of interesting career paths. With a presence in more than 85 countries, the Group has over 60% of its employees and customers outside its original domestic market. BNP Paribas recruits worldwide for employees with many different backgrounds and offers an array of over 300 different career paths. BNP Paribas also offers international career growth opportunities to its employees everywhere, further enhancing the diversity of its workforce.
In 2010, BNP Paribas plans to hire about 15,000 people worldwide.

The BNP Paribas Group also fosters sustainable development through numerous initiatives. Social responsibility is not merely a philanthropic issue for BNP Paribas; it is a management imperative that contributes to engaging all aspects of the company, its employees and its activities: economic, social and environmental.

The first edition of Ace Manager attracted over 4,000 students from 106 countries across 5 continents. More than 700,000 students from all over the world were in contact with the BNP Paribas brand, and the Ace Manager site also had over 200,000 visits.

BNP Paribas is cooperating closely with TBWA\Corporate on this project, which is global in its scope.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( is one of the 6 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's*. With a presence in 85 countries and more than 205,000 employees, 165,200 of which in Europe, BNP Paribas is a global-scale European leader in financial services. It holds key positions in its three main activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. It has four domestic retail banking markets in Europe: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.
* Within its peer group

BNP Paribas and careers
BNP Paribas has over 205,000 employees in 85 countries, working in its three major core businesses: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions, and Corporate and Investment Banking. The broad range of its locations and activities allows the Group to offer rich, diversified, and international career options to its employees.
BNP Paribas recruits many talented individuals ever year. In 2008, there were over 26,000 new hires worldwide, 4,700 of whom were in France. In the pre-recruitment area, BNP Paribas also offers hundreds of VIE opportunities and over 1,500 graduate internships a year in France. The Group also strongly supports work/study programs and added 1,000 new work/study recruits this year, bringing the total number of work/study participants in the company to about 1,700; it plans to include 1,200 additional participants in 2010.
Press contact(s)
Press Contact:
Alia Ouabdesselam - +33 1 40 14 66 28 - alia.ouabdesselam [at] bnpparibas (dot) com