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 22-49 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2020 (PDF3MB).


The board comprises 17 directors, appointed for three years.

  • Samir Assaf
    Chairman of the Board
    Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking HSBC Group
  • Jean Beunardeau
    Chief Executive, HSBC Continental Europe
  • Paule Cellard
    Independent director
  • Christine D’Amore
    Director elected by employees
  • Lindsay Gordon
    Independent director
  • Philippe Houzé
    Independent director
  • Laurent Lagueny
    Director elected by employees
  • Nuno Matos
    CEO of HSBC Bank Plc and Europe
  • Thierry Moulonguet
    Independent director
  • Dominique Perrier
    Independent director
  • Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge
    Independent director
  • Philippe Purdy
    Director elected by employees
  • Lucile Ribot
    Independent director
  • Laurence Rogier
    Chief Financial Officer, HSBC Continental Europe
  • Carola von Schmettow
    Chairman of the Management Board, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG
  • Brigitte Taittinger
    Independent director
  • Lucie Thalamas Dit Barathe
    Director elected by employees

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 22-49 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2020 (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 22-49 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2020 (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:

  • Lindsay Gordon (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2013 as a member and in 2015 as Chairman
  • Paule Cellard (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2017
  • Thierry Moulonguet (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2009 as a member and Chairman from 2010 to 2015
  • Arnaud Poupart Lafarge (Independent Director) Appointed in 2019

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 2020, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 22-49 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2020 (PDF3MB).

Audit Committee

Membership:

  • Thierry Moulonguet (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2009 as a member and in 2010 as Chairman
  • Lindsay Gordon (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2013
  • Dominique Perrier (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2019
  • Lucile Ribot (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2017

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 2020, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 22-49 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2020 (PDF3MB).

Nomination Committee

Membership:

  • Philippe Houzé (Independent Director) – Appointed in 1999 as a member and in 2009 as Chairman
  • Samir Assaf – Appointed in 2012
  • Arnaud Poupart Lafarge (Independant Director) – Appointed in 2020

Duties:

The Nomination 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 Committee in 2020, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 22-49 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2020 (PDF3MB).

Remuneration Committee

Membership:

  • Philippe Houzé (Independent Director) – Appointed in 1999 as a member and in 2009 as Chairman
  • Samir Assaf – Appointed in 2012
  • Arnaud Poupart Lafarge (Independent Director) – Appointed in 2020
  • Laurent Lagueny – Appointed in 2020

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 2020, read a summary of HSBC Continental Europe’s approach to corporate governance on pages 22-49 in the Universal registration document and Annual Financial Report 2020 (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

Jean Beunardeau

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Wild

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Head of Commercial Banking Europe

Chris Davies

Deputy CEO, Head of Continental European Network

Anne-Lise Bapst

Head of Communication

Thomas Runge

Chief Operating Officer and Wholesale Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Continental Europe

Marine de Bazelaire

Head of Corporate Sustainability

Xavier Boisseau

Head of Global Banking and Markets, France

Camile Olléon

Head of Human Ressources, HSBC Continental Europe

Frédéric Coutant

Co-Head of Global Banking

François Essertel

Head of Private Banking

François Goberville

Chief Operating Officer Global Banking and Markets

Lisa Hicks

Head of Strategy and Organisation

Marwan Dagher

Head of Markets & Securities Services, HSBC Continental Europe

Marc de Lapérouse

Head of Legal

François Mongin

Head of Internal Audit

Matteo Pardi

Head of Asset Management

Geneviève Penin

Head of Corporate Governance & Secretariat and Company Secretary


Jean-Manuel Richier

Co-Head of Global Banking, HSBC Continental Europe

Emmanuel Rémy

Chief Risk Officer

Joseph Swithenbank

Chief Financial Officer, HSBC Continental Europe

Simon Spilsbury

Head of FCC HSBC Continental Europe

Thomas Vandeville

Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management






Subsidiaries management

HSBC Factoring (France)

  • Chairman: Xavier Boisseau
  • Chief Executive: Béatrice Collot
  • Deputy CEO: Olivier Sabineu

HSBC SFH (France)

  • Chairman: Laurence Rogier
  • Chief Executive: Arnaud de Champfleur
  • Deputy CEO: Thomas Boudier

HSBC Leasing (France)

  • Chairman: Frédéric Coutant
  • Chief Executive: Guy Woelfel
  • Deputy CEO: François Duez

HSBC Real Estate Leasing (France)

  • Chairman: Jean-Louis Rannou
  • Chief Executive: Dominique Paulhac
  • Deputy CEO: Jean-Marc Gelin

HSBC Global Asset Management (France)

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

HSBC Epargne Entreprise (France)

  • Chairman: Matteo Pardi
  • 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: Jean Beunardeau
  • Chief Executive: Eric Emore

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