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Societe Generale announces appointments in Japan

Guillaume Burtschell has been appointed Head of Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking in Japan and President of Societe Generale Securities, Tokyo Branch (SGSNP), effective 1 October 2012. He reports to Hikaru Ogata, CEO of Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking for the Asia-Pacific region.


Guillaume Burtschell replaces Laurent Depus who becomes President and Chief Executive Officer of Societe Generale Private Banking Japan with effect from 1 October 2012. He reports to Jean-François Mazaud, Head of Societe Generale Private Banking and succeeds Christophe Billard, who will be taking up a new position in the bank. Laurent Depus retains his existing role as Chief Country Officer for Societe Generale Group in Japan and associated Group missions.

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Guillaume Burtschell was formerly Deputy Head of Principal Finance in London since 2007, where he has contributed to the establishment of a private equity investment portfolio. Guillaume began his career at Societe Generale over 20 years ago, first in French Retail Networks and then in Export Finance at the bank’s corporate and investment banking activity where he held several positions in originating and structuring ECA financing, particularly in the energy sector in the Middle East and Africa. He was appointed Head of Strategy of SG CIB end of 2003.


Guillaume Burtschell is a graduate from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and Paris IX Dauphine University.


Laurent Depus was previously President of Societe Generale Securities, Tokyo Branch and Chief Country Officer for Japan since 2010. He began his career in 1987 at the Chase Manhattan Bank and served in Luxembourg, Japan and the UK in various Capital Markets sales and trading positions. From 1997, he worked for other international financial institutions in London and Singapore. He joined Societe Generale’s Tokyo Branch in 2001 and has held various management positions such as Head of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. Laurent has 20 years of professional experience in Japan.

Laurent Depus graduated from the University Catholique de Louvain.