September 15, 2008 10:44 ET

BNP Paribas Appoints Gautier Dirkx as Head of Territory Canada

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - BNP Paribas is pleased to announce the appointment of Gautier Dirkx as CEO and President of BNP Paribas Canada. Gautier will be responsible for the firm's operations in the Canadian territory where the bank employs 300 people in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. He reports to Everett Schenk, head of Corporate and Investment Banking for BNP Paribas in North America. Gautier replaces Edward Speal who was recently appointed as regional head of structured finance for the Americas in New York.

BNP Paribas has been present in Canada since 1961 and is today, one of the largest foreign bank subsidiaries operating in the country. The firm offers a full range of Corporate and Investment Banking products in the Canadian market including capital markets, advisory, financing solutions and derivatives. Gautier will work to strengthen and further develop the bank's presence in this key region.

Commenting, Everett Schenk said, "The Canadian market is very important for the BNP Paribas group in North America. We are fully committed to the region and have a long-standing presence with excellent client relationships. We look forward to further successful growth and to serving our clients."

Gautier has spent 11 years at the group's head office in Paris, most recently as deputy global head of Commodity Finance. He joined the firm in 1997 as a senior credit officer for Structured Finance. In 2000, he was appointed global head of credit for Energy, Commodities, Export and Project finance. Prior to joining the firm, Gautier worked at both Banque Indosuez in Paris and SBC Warburg in London.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas ( is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 4 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in over 85 countries, with more than 168,000 employees, including 129,500 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 North America and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.

About Corporate and Investment Banking at BNP Paribas :

BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment banking division (CIB) has 16,000 employees, deployed in over 53 countries around the world. BNP Paribas CIB excels in three fundamental sectors in particular:

Derivatives -- it is one of the leading global players in rates, credit, forex, commodity and equity derivatives

Capital markets -- it is amongst the top ten Euro houses for both ECM and DCM (bond issues, securitization, convertibles and shares).

Structured finance -- it is amongst the world leaders for acquisition, export, project and commodity finance.

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