Anne Marie Verstraeten was appointed UK Country Head for the BNP Paribas Group in October 2016.
Previously, she held roles as Chief Executive Officer and Country Head of BNP Paribas in the Netherlands, and CEO and Country Head of BNP Paribas Canada, where she was also a member of the BNP Paribas North America management team.
Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Anne Marie was Global Head of Energy of Fortis bank, where she oversaw the bank’s worldwide energy structured finance business, and relationship management for the utilities, oil and gas sectors.
In her role as UK Country Head, Anne Marie is committed to delivering the BNP Paribas Group’s corporate social responsibility strategy, which is closely aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, she is a champion of mental health within the BNP Paribas Group and in the wider financial services industry and is a proud supporter of The Marylebone Project, one of the UK’s largest women’s hostels providing shelter, essential facilities, community and training for women affected by homelessness.
Anne Marie is a member of the Guild of International Bankers and a Freeman of the City of London. In 2006, she was awarded a knighthood in the Leopold II Order of the Kingdom of Belgium for services to the financial industry.
Anne Marie holds a degree in applied economics from the University of Antwerp and a master’s degree in international economics from the University of Louvain. Anne Marie was appointed Chair of the Global Goals Leadership Team in 2021. Anne Marie believes that as the landscape for business continues to evolve and tackle challenges such as climate change and inequality, new opportunities to mobilise collectively will arise from efforts to secure a responsible recovery and create a greener, more resilient economy.
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