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William De Vijlder appointed Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas announces the appointment of William De Vijlder as Group Chief Economist. He will report to Philippe Bordenave, Chief Operating Officer of BNP Paribas Group.

William De Vijlder was born in 1960. He began his career in the Economic Research department of Belgium’s Generale Bank (Générale de Banque) in 1987 and became Chief Investment Strategist in the Asset Management division in 1989. He was subsequently appointed Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer at Fortis Investments. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Investment Partners, first as Chief Investment Officer of Strategy and Partners, and for the past year, as Vice-Chairman.

William holds a PhD in Economics and has been a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Economics at the University of Ghent in Belgium since 1991.

Managed from Paris by William De Vijlder, BNP Paribas Economic Research is a global group function. It provides economic analysis to the group as a whole and its clients, from financial markets to retail banking entities businesses. The team is very international with experienced economists.

Economic Research media coverage is very large, and economists are often quoted particularly in the economic and financial press. The coverage is also made available through the Economic Research website where all publications, including web TVs, are publicly available.

William will take up his new role on September 1st, 2014.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas has a presence in 75 countries with more than 180,000 employees, including 140,000 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 Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and 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-Pacific.

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