Tuesday, June 25, 2024

68 Francois Perol
President du Directoire - BPCE

Head of France's new banking giant, BPCE, Francois Perol, the former aide to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is the chief executive of the newly merged Banque Populaire/Groupe Caisse d'Epargne bank, BPCE. His appointment has not been without controversy, having been criticised by leading French politicians, angered by Sarkozy's intervention in the banking deal.

Perol was Born in November 1963 in the Saone-et-Loire region of France. He studied at Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP), HEC business school and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA). Perol graduated top of his class at ENA. A career civil servant, he ended up working with French Economy Minister Francis Mer in 2002 and later with Sarkozy when Sarkozy replaced Mer as Economy Minister.

He joined investment bank Rothschild in 2005 and then left in 2007 to become Sarkozy's deputy chief of staff after the latter won the French presidential election.