Nandita Bakhshi and Florence Pourchet of BNP Paribas Named to American Banker’s Most Influential Women Lists for 2022

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BNP Paribas, Europe’s leading global bank, is pleased to announce that Nandita Bakhshi, Co-CEO of BNP Paribas USA and Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas subsidiary Bank of the West, has been appointed one of ‘The Most Powerful Women in Banking’ by American Banker and Florence Pourchet, head of CIB Latin America and CSR Americas, was named one of the ‘Most Powerful Women to Watch’.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Most Powerful Women in BankingMT The program recognizes individuals and teams who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, strong performance and a commitment to driving real results for diversity, equity and inclusion in financial services.

Nandita is one of the most accomplished business leaders at the intersection of finance and sustainability, and has a proven track record of innovative thought leadership on environmental, social and governance issues. While overseeing a team of nearly 10,000 employees, she sharpened the bank’s focus on customer experience, built a diverse and inclusive corporate culture, and transformed the company into one of the leading sustainable banks. in the USA. In addition to his role as CEO, Nandita sits on the board of directors of Bank of the West and BNP Paribas USA, and is a member of the senior management committees of Bank of the West and BNP Paribas. In 2021, she is designated to represent the 12e District on the Federal Reserve Board and currently sits on several boards, including Grameen America, a leading provider of microfinance to women entrepreneurs, and the US India Strategic Partnership Forum, which provides microloans, training, and a support to transform communities and fight poverty. Prior to joining Bank of the West, Nandita worked at TD Bank, where she held several leadership positions including Executive Vice President and Head of North American Direct Channels. Nandita grew up in India, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Calcutta University, a Master of Arts from Jadavpur University and currently lives with her husband in San Francisco.

As Head of CIB Latin America and CSR Americas for BNP Paribas, Florence Pourchet is BNP Paribas’ most senior female business leader in the Americas. With a unique role that represents the converging priorities of business and ESG, Florence is responsible for locally driving the organization’s commitments to be the “bank for a changing world”. Recognized as an ESG “Standout” in last year’s The Most Powerful Women in Banking awardsMT program, Florence is the regional lead for the bank’s corporate social responsibility efforts. Florence has held this role since its inception in 2011, marking over a decade as a pioneer in the growth of sustainable finance and the evolution of ESG as a business imperative. His mandate begins with ensuring that an ESG framework and culture is embedded throughout the organization, from governance to the training and engagement of all employees in the Americas. She is also leading efforts to align the bank’s local client portfolio with BNP Paribas’ climate change commitments as a member of the Net-Zero Banking Alliance. Under Florence’s leadership, BNP Paribas has been a leader in supporting US clients with innovative sustainable financing solutions. The bank’s clients range from companies offering products and services that are part of everyday life to national efforts to foster social and economic inclusion in Latin America. Florence is responsible for driving the unified commercial strategy in Latin America while providing oversight and support to each country where the bank is present. Member of the Executive Committee of CIB Americas, Florence holds the credit delegation for the Americas. Florence has held numerous management positions at BNP Paribas since joining the bank in 1990. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Florence worked at Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank. She is a graduate of EM Lyon and holds an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin. Florence is married and has three children.

“BNP Paribas and Bank of the West have been well represented on American Banker lists for a few years,” said Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA. “We congratulate Nandita and Florence on this well-deserved recognition and thank them for being role models for the bank and our industry.”

“I am honored to be named to this year’s list along with some of the most powerful and inspiring women in finance,” Bakhshi said. “While delivering results and focusing on the bottom line is extremely important, as women we have a unique opportunity to bring the human element to the way we lead. Leadership today also requires active listening, transparent decision-making, and taking a stand on social issues. This is what will help create a more sustainable and equitable future for all of us.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a standard bearer of how a bank executive should engage in corporate citizenship programs that benefit local communities like veterans and women through microfinance, volunteering and philanthropy,” said Florence Pourchet, Head of CIB Latin America and CSR Americas at BNP Paribas. “This is also a critical moment as the climate crisis exacerbates economic, energy and food inequalities. This recognition will hopefully inspire our industry to observe how leadership in sustainable finance can build a better future, especially in important regions such as Latin America.

“The 20th anniversary of The Most Powerful Women in Banking represents an impressive milestone and gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past while looking to the future,” said Gemma Postlethwaite, CEO of Arizent, publisher of American Banker. . “When I think of what this year’s winners have accomplished as business leaders, as mentors for women in their organizations, as inspiration to the next generation of bankers – I am convinced that we we have the right leaders to move forward and shape the industry for the next 20 years and for generations to come”.

American Banker recognizes leaders in financial services: the most powerful women in banking, the most powerful women to watch, the most powerful women in finance and the best teams. The full rankings, including profiles of all winners for 2022, can be viewed on American Banker’s website, as well as in the October issue of American Banker Magazine.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, American Banker will host three events in New York. On October 26, 2022, for the first time ever, The Most Powerful Women in Banking conference will be an in-person event aboard the historic aircraft carrier USS Intrepid featuring inspirational talks, executive networking, and insightful panels on a range of leadership topics. Registration is open to the entire financial services community.

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About American Banker

American Banker offers banking professionals unique analysis and insight into the ideas that are transforming their business and their industry. Through his journalism, events, research and benchmarking, he helps advance the complexities of business innovation, retail and commerce disruption, technology, regulation and reform. . With a banking community 850 million strong, American Banker content connects leaders online, in person and in print every day.

About West Bank

At Bank of the West, we know that money deposited in a bank has the power to fund positive change. We therefore take steps to ensure that our activities help protect the planet, improve people’s lives and strengthen communities. We are redefining banking for a better future by focusing on areas where we believe we can have a real impact: supporting the energy transition, helping women entrepreneurs and financing innovative start-ups. As a bank for a changing world, Bank of the West is committed to sustainable finance alongside its parent company BNP Paribas. Through digital channels and offices across the United States, Bank of the West provides financial tools and resources to more than 2 million individuals, families and businesses.

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About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is the leading bank in the European Union and a major player in international banking. It is present in 65 countries and has more than 190,000 employees, including nearly 145,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main areas of activity: Retail Banking for the Group’s retail banking networks and several specialized businesses, including BNP Paribas Personal Finance and Arval; Investment & Protection Services for savings, investment and protection solutions; and Corporate & Institutional Banking, focused on corporate and institutional clients. With its diversified and integrated model, the Group supports all of its clients (individuals, local authorities, entrepreneurs, SMEs, companies and institutions) in carrying out their projects through financing, investment and savings solutions. and foresight.

In Europe, BNP Paribas has four home markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. The Group is deploying its integrated retail banking model in several Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and through a large network in the western United States. A key player in international banking, the Group has leading platforms and businesses in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.

BNP Paribas has implemented a Corporate Social Responsibility approach in all its activities, enabling it to contribute to building a sustainable future, while ensuring the Group’s performance and stability.

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