Board of Directors

The Board of Directors determines the course of the company’s operations and ensures they are carried out properly. Regarding governance system oversight and risk supervision, it reviews governance arrangements and approves strategies and policies governing risks taking, management, monitoring and mitigation. It deliberates on all matters falling under its legal and regulatory obligations, as well as those pertaining to statutory provisions. Its proceedings take into account the status of HSBC Continental Europe, a 99.9% owned subsidiary and member of an international banking group.

The internal rules of the Board of Directors of HSBC Continental Europe are intended to define its missions, and the ways it is organised and operates.

To find out more about the internal rules of the Board of Directors, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 23-51 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2021 (PDF3MB).


The board comprises 13 directors, appointed for three years.

  • Jean Beunardeau
    Chairman of the Board
    Vice Chairman Global Banking Europe Groupe HSBC
  • Andrew Wild
    Chief Executive, HSBC Continental Europe
  • Paule Cellard
    Independent director
  • Christine D’Amore
    Director elected by employees
  • Stephen O’Connor
    Vice Chairman and Independent director
    Chairman HSBC Bank Plc
  • Dominique Perrier
    Independent director
  • Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge
    Independent director
  • Lucile Ribot
    Independent director
  • Carola von Schmettow
    Director
  • Eric Strutz
    Independent director
  • Angélique Terrazzino
    Director elected by employees
  • Lucie Thalamas Dit Barathe
    Director elected by employees
  • Michaël Trabbia
    Independent Director

To find out more about the members of the Board of Directors, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 23-51 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2021 (PDF3MB). To find out more about the work of the Board of Directors, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 23-51 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2021 (PDF3MB).

Board committees

In order to prepare Board deliberations in certain areas, the Board may choose to set up specialised committees, permanent or not, determining their membership depending on the matters they will have to review. The committees report to the Board on their work and, where appropriate, make recommendations for the Board to decide on.

The Chairman of each Committee reports on the work of his Committee to the Board meeting immediately following the meeting of the Committee.

In application of article 13 of the Memorandum and Articles of Association and in accordance with the regulation in force, the Board of Directors of HSBC Continental Europe has decided to set up four Board committees, acting under the responsibility of the Board: the Risk Committee, the Audit Committee, the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Risk Committee

Membership:

  • Eric Strutz (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2022 as a member and Chairman
  • Paule Cellard (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2017
  • Lucile Ribot (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2022
  • Michaël Trabbia (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2022

Duties:

The Risk Committee is accountable to the Board and has non-executive responsibility for oversight of and advice to the Board on matters relating to high level risk related matters and risk governance.
The Committee meets with the Statutory Auditors and the Head of Internal Audit in private at least once per year to ensure that there are no unresolved issues or concerns. In order to carry out these duties, the Committee may consult any expert as it deems appropriate.

To find out more about the duties and work of the Risk Committee in 2021, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 23-51 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2021 (PDF3MB).

Audit Committee

Membership:

  • Lucile Ribot (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2017 as a member and in 2022 as Chairman
  • Dominique Perrier (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2019
  • Eric Strutz (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2022

Duties:

The Audit Committee is accountable to the Board and has non-executive responsibility for oversight of and advice to the Board on matters relating to budget, financial reporting, control of financial information, capital and liquidity ratios in support of the Risk Committee, dividend policy, capital allocation policy, management of the Finance function, and internal audit.

The Committee meets with the Statutory Auditors and the Head of Internal Audit in private at least once per year to ensure that there are no unresolved issues or concerns. In order to carry out these duties, the Committee may consult any expert as it deems appropriate.

To find out more about the duties and work of the Audit Committee in 2021, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 23-51 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2021 (PDF3MB).

Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee

Membership:

  • Arnaud Poupart Lafarge (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2020 as a member and in 2022 as Chairman
  • Jean Beunardeau – Appointed in 2021

Duties:

The Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee reports its activities to the Board and is responsible for leading the processes for Board and Board Committees appointments and for identifying and nominating for the approval of the Board, candidates for appointment to the Board and its committees.

In order to carry out these duties, the Committee may consult any expert as it deems appropriate.

To find out more about the duties and work of the Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee in 2021, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 23-51 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2021 (PDF3MB).

Remuneration Committee

Membership:

  • Arnaud Poupart Lafarge (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2020 as a member and in 2022 as Chairman
  • Paule Cellard (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2021
  • Christine D’Amore – Appointed in 2021

Duties:

The Remuneration Committee’s main tasks are as follows:

  • To consider any matter related to remuneration and to provide advice on remuneration policy and structure to the Board. In particular the Committee considers Executive Directors’ compensation and makes recommendations and proposals to the Board;
  • To make recommendations on Directors’ remuneration, in particular on fees sharing;
  • To review annually the policy for the compensation of employees, in particular risk takers and other employees subject to specific provisions in this area.

Regarding Executive Directors’ compensation, the Committee’s recommendations are made to the Board after HSBC Holdings plc Remuneration Committee’s approval or are then submitted to the latter.
In order to carry out these duties, the Committee may consult any expert as it deems appropriate.

To find out more about the duties and work of the Remuneration Committee in 2021, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 23-51 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2021 (PDF3MB).

Corporate governance code

As HSBC Continental Europe is a 99.9% owned subsidiary of the HSBC Group and as its shares are not listed on a regulated market, HSBC Continental Europe refers to the Corporate Governance Code for HSBC Group companies.

Continental Europe Executive Committee

Andrew Wild

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Davies

Deputy CEO, Head of Continental Europe Network Markets

Anne-Lise Bapst

Head of Communication

Andrew Beane

Head of Commercial Banking

Anna Tavano

Co-Head of Global Banking Continental Europe

Marwan Dagher

Head of Markets & Securities Services

François Essertel

Market Head International Europe & Head of Global Private Banking France

Thuy-Tien Gluck

Head of Corporate Sustainability

Lisa Hicks

Head of Strategy and Organisation

Marc de Lapérouse

Head of Legal

François Mongin

Head of Internal Audit

Camille Olléon

Head of Human Ressources

Matteo Pardi

Head of Asset Management

Geneviève Penin

Head of Corporate Governance & Secretariat and Company Secretary


Jean-Manuel Richier

Co-Head of Global Banking

Laurence Bogni-Bartholmé

Chief Risk Officer et Head of Wholesale Credit and Market Risk pour HSBC Continental Europe

Laurence Rogier

Head of Insurance

Olfert de Wit

Chief Operating Officer - Continental Europe

Joseph Swithenbank

Chief Financial Officer

Simon Spilsbury

Head of Compliance

Thomas Vandeville

Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management






Subsidiaries management

HSBC Factoring (France)

  • Chairman: Virginie Grand
  • Chief Executive: Olivier Sabineu
  • Deputy CEO: Alain Gaignard

HSBC SFH (France)

  • Chairman: Harry-David Gauvin
  • Chief Executive: Arnaud de Champfleur
  • Deputy CEO: Thomas Boudier

HSBC Leasing (France)

  • Chairman: François Duez
  • Chief Executive: Guy Woelfel
  • Deputy CEO: Julie Bellais

HSBC Real Estate Leasing (France)

  • Chairman: Jean-Louis Rannou
  • Chief Executive: Jean-Marc Gelin
  • Deputy CEO: François Duez

HSBC Global Asset Management (France)

  • Chairman: Jean Beunardeau
  • Chief Executive: Matteo Pardi
  • Deputy CEO: Guillaume Rabault

HSBC Epargne Entreprise (France)

  • Chairman: Jacques Sourbier
  • Chief Executive: Julien Barbat
  • Deputy CEO: Cédric Gilbert

HSBC REIM (France)

  • Chairman of the Management Board: Dominique Paulhac
  • Chief Executive: Patricia Dupont-Lievens

HSBC Assurances Vie (France)

  • Chairman: Eric Emore
  • Chief Executive: Laurence Rogier
  • Deputy CEO : Virginie Bayle-Beausir

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