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Societe Generale Private Banking (Japan) Ltd. appoints Christophe Billard as President and Chief Executive Officer

Societe Generale Private Banking has appointed Christophe Billard as President and Chief
Executive Officer of Societe Generale Private Banking (Japan) Ltd., effective today. A member of the global Executive Committee of Societe Generale Private Banking, he succeeds Alain Simon, who is retiring from the Bank.

Prior to this appointment, Christopher Billard had been Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Products & Marketing, at Societe Generale Private Banking (Japan) Ltd. since January 2007. A graduate of the ESSEC Business School of Management in Paris with a Masters in Business Administration, he joined Societe Generale Bank Head Office in 1992 as Inspector at the "Inspection Generale" department, the internal audit and consulting arm of the Group. In 1999, he became Regional COO at Societe Generale Private Banking (Asia-Pacific) and then joined Societe Generale Private Banking (Japan) Ltd. as Executive Officer in 2006.

Since its creation in 2002, with offices in Tokyo and Osaka, Societe Generale Private Banking (Japan) Ltd. has become a leader in the Japanese private banking market and is the only foreign Trust bank to offer high net worth individuals a full range of private banking solutions,
such as financial engineering, discretionary portfolio management and non-discretionary trust
services. It was rated “Best Private Bank in Japan” by Euromoney in 2009.