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New Leaders for European Banks

Michel Pébereau, President
Hein Blocks, Chairman of Executive Committee
Guido Ravoet, Secretary General

The European Banking Federation (FBE) governing bodies met yesterday and today in Amsterdam and appointed the three Head Officers of the Federation.

The Board unanimously elected Michel Pébereau President of the FBE for a 2 year mandate, succeeding Maurizio Sella, President of the Italian Banking Association. Michel Pébereau was Chairman and CEO of BNP from 1993 to 2000, and set up BNP Paribas during his mandate in August 1999. He became Chairman and CEO of BNP Paribas from 2000 to 2003, and has been Chairman of BNP Paribas since June 2003. He has been Chairman of the French Banking Association since June 2002 and was previously Chairman of the French Banking Federation from June 2002 to June 2003.
During his term of office at European level, Mr Pébereau will be leading the Federation through the achievement of key legislative and political projects: the Financial Services Action Plan is over, its implementation will now be crucial, as well as the fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda and the opening of the European retail banking market. (Link to CV )

At the meeting of the Executive Committee, Hein Blocks, Managing Director of the Netherlands Bankers' Association, was appointed Chairman of the Executive Committee for a 2 year term, thus succeeding Ian Mullen, Chief Executive of the British Bankers' Association. Mr Blocks occupied senior management positions in the Dutch banking industry before joining the Association in 1997. The Executive Committee of the FBE, which he will chair is the decision-making body of the Federation, composed of the Executives of the 26 national banking associations, supporting the Secretariat in its lobbying and pro-active representative and informative mission. (Link to CV )

The Executive Committee of the Federation appointed Guido Ravoet as the Federation's new Secretary General, to succeed Nikolaus Bömcke. Guido Ravoet will take up his new post in January 2005, following his 8 years office at the realm of the Association of Belgian Banks, then Febelfin (Belgian Finance Federation). He was previously Secretary General of the European Association of Cooperative Banks and has remained throughout his career very focused on European affairs. He is for instance a member of the European Economic and Social Committee. Guido Ravoet also enjoys over 10 years experience in banking. He will be keen to maintain the FBE at the forefront of European financial services issues and to further reinforce its position as a core interlocutor to European institutions. (Link to CV )
Note to the Editor:

Set up in 1960, the European Banking Federation (FBE) is the voice of the European banking sector. It represents the interests of over 4,500 banks, large and small, from EU Member States as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, with over 2.3 million employees and total assets of over 20,000 billion euros.