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New record for "Ace Manager – The Third Set" 12,832 students. The contest is open to all students(1) registered to take part in the third edition of the online banking adventure game from BNP Paribas

New record number as 12,832 students register for the third edition of Ace Manager.
"Ace Manager – The Third Set" is an international online adventure game designed in collaboration with BNP Paribas bankers, which is aimed at boosting the Group's brand awareness and appeal amongst young people and rating it as one of the leading and most attractive employers of students all over the world.

Starting today and until March 15th 2011, each team made up of 3 student players will be able to take part in a contest in the virtual world of Universe-City by logging on to:
The students' mission will be to help Universe-City host a new Grand Slam tennis tournament. This great sporting event will be the starting point for a range of new projects designed to turn Universe-City into the global capital of tennis and sustainable development.
To fulfil the task, the contestants will have to meet a whole series of challenges linked to BNP Paribas' three core business areas - retail banking, investment solutions, and corporate and investment banking - and Group functions such as human resources, corporate philanthropy, marketing and communication.

"Ace Manager – The Third Set" will end in a grand final amongst the five best teams which will be held in Paris in mid-April 2011. There, the students will face a last challenge in front of a jury of experts made up of renowned professors from the universities and schools taking part and members of BNP Paribas' top management.

The finalist teams will be presented with the following prizes:
Winning team: € 9,000
Runner-up team: € 3,000
Third-placed team: € 1,500
All finalists will also receive tickets to a tennis event.

For the first time this year, BNP Paribas will also be offering each member of the three top teams a broad choice of international internships within the Group's three core business areas.

Out of the 140 countries taking part, the most represented are: India (1631 participants), Italy (1222 participants), Russia (775 participants), Turkey (723 participants), China (690 participants), Ukraine (522 participants), Poland (488 participants), France (430 participants), Morocco (417 participants) and Spain (359 participants).

So far, the Ace Manager community on Facebook has over 4,500 "fans" and 460 "followers" on Twitter.

Last year, the second edition of Ace Manager attracted 8,000 participants from close to 100 countries.

In its drive to enhance its brand awareness and appeal among students from the best universities and schools across the world, BNP Paribas is capitalising on its close links with the world of tennis after 37 years of global sponsoring, coupled with its strong capacity to offer interesting career prospects to new talent. Today, 68% of BNP Paribas staff and clients are located outside France. The Group recruits varied profiles from across the globe and provides jobs in more than 300 different professions.

BNP Paribas is working in close partnership with TBWA\Corporate on this worldwide project.

BNP Paribas and employment
BNP Paribas recruits many talented people every year. In 2011, BNP Paribas is planning to take on around 24 500 people in the world, including 4 000 in France.
The recruitment principle at BNP Paribas is based on integration in the long term. To achieve this, BNP Paribas provides individual career management, with dedicated teams who assist each member of staff with their career, their mobility and their choices. The group also has in-depth talent and skill development programmes.
Given the very wide variety in the group, carers are developed with regular mobility within a single business line, between business lines, in other geographic locations, etc.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( is one of the six strongest banks in the world*. The Group has a presence in more than 80 countries and more than 200,000 employees, including more than 160,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking model across the Europe-Mediterranean zone and boasts a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia.
* Rated AA by Standard & Poor's i.e. 3rd rating level on a scale of 22.

(1)in higher education (bachelor/undergraduate level or Masters equivalent) who are under 26 years of age.