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BNP Paribas Securities Servicies appoints Sophie Gautié as head of strategy, development and public affairs

Paris / London – BNP Paribas Securities Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophie Gautié as Head of Strategy, Development and Public Affairs, effective September 1, 2007. She reports to Florence Bonnevay, CFO and member of the executive committee.

BNP Paribas Securities Services (BNP Paribas) is the European leader and the fifth largest Securities Services provider in the world by assets. It continues to invest in geographical expansion to accompany its global clients around the world by meeting their needs with offices in Europe, Australasia and the Americas.

Sophie's appointment brings together the team in charge of external growth and strategy with that dedicated to relations with the European regulators. Combining these teams confirms BNP Paribas' strong desire to grow through selective acquisitions and by anticipating changes in the competitive landscape.

Sophie Gautié, graduated from HEC Paris in 1986, and joined BNP Paribas in January 2001, after significant experience in a number of finance and banking technology roles. She successfully created the Public Affairs activity at BNP Paribas Securities Services in 2002 and has ensured an active and ongoing presence in relations with the European authorities ever since.

About BNP Paribas Securities Services
BNP Paribas Securities Services ( is a worldwide leading securities services provider to the world's financial institutions, with a local presence in all key European markets as well as in the US and Australasia. With 5,000 dedicated staff in 20 countries, BNP Paribas Securities Services has almost 900 clients, including 8 of the world's top 10 investment managers, and a global custody network covering 91 markets. It holds over EUR 3.9 trillion of assets under custody (June 2007) and EUR 825 billion of assets under administration for 6,125 funds worldwide. The bank also provides performance attribution and risk-management analysis for 2,900 investment portfolios, and in 2006 processed over 32 million securities transactions.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 5 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in over 85 countries, with 155,000 employees, including 123,000 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank's two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.