During an initial transitional period, he will work alongside the head of the Group's Legal Department, Jean-Louis Guillot, before taking over from Mr Guillot on 1 October 2010.
Jean-Louis Guillot will remain with the Group, becoming an advisor to the Group's executive management.
Georges Dirani has a master's degree in international law and a postgraduate diploma in banking and finance law. He started his career with BNP in 1987. He then became head of the legal department and Partner at Deutsche Bank France, before becoming a Partner at law firms Linklaters and Herbert Smith.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is one of the six strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's* and the largest bank in the eurozone by deposits. With a presence in more than 80 countries and more than 200,000 employees, including 160,000 in Europe, BNP Paribas is a leading European provider of financial services on a worldwide scale. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In Retail Banking, the Group has four domestic markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated model across the Europe-Mediterranean zone and boasts a large network in the United States. BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending in Europe. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia.
*Within its peer group