Board of directors

The Board of Directors collectively represents all shareholders. It acts in the social interest of the Bank and ensures its proper function. Its missions are to approve strategic guidelines, monitor and ensure their implementation in line with Societe Generale's values, and comply with the highest international standards of governance, ethics and risk management. Its members are chosen for their experience, expertise and independence.
The Board of Directors aims to be composed of an equal number of men and women and to reflect diversity.

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  • Lorenzo Bini Smaghi
    • Chairman of the Board of Directors
    • Independent Director
  • Frédéric Oudéa, Directeur général
    Frédéric Oudéa

    Chief Executive Officer

  • William Connelly
    • Company Director
    • Independent Director
    • Chairman of the Risk Committee and member of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Jérôme Contamine
    • Company Director 
    • Independent Director
    • Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit and Internal Control Committee
  • Diane Côté
    • Independent Director
    • Member of the Audit and Internal Control Committee and of the Risk Committee (since 1 November 2021) 
  • Kyra Hazou
    • Company Director
    • Independent Director
    • Member of the Audit and Internal Control Committee and of the Risk Committee
  • France Houssaye
    France Houssaye
    • Director Elected by Employees
    • Head of External Business Opportunities, Regional Commercial Department, Rouen (Normandy)
    • Member of the Compensation Committee
  • Annette Messemer
    • Independent Director
    • Member of the Audit and Internal Control Committee and of the Risk Committee
  • Gérard Mestrallet
    • Independent Director
    • Chairman of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee and Member of the Compensation Committee
  • Juan Maria Nin Genova
    • Company Director
    • Independent Director
    • Member of the Risk Committee and of the Compensation Committee
  • Henri Poupart-Lafarge
    Henri Poupart-Lafarge
    • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alstom
    • Independent Director
    • Member of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Johan Praud
    Johan Praud
    • Director Elected by Employees
    • Facilities Manager
  • Lubomira Rochet
    • Partner at JAB Holding Company
    • Independent Director
    • Member of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Alexandra Schaapveld
    • Company Director
    • Independant Director
    • Chairwoman of the Audit and Internal Control Committee and Member of the Risk Committee
  • Sébastien Wetter
    Sébastien Wetter
    • Director Elected by Employee Shareholders
    • Banker managing Societe Generale’s coverage with international financial institutions
    • Global Chief Operating Officer for the Financial Institutions coverage teams 
  • Jean-Bernard Lévy
    • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EDF 
    • Non-Voting Director
  • 15 Directors
  • 92% of Directors are independent
  • 42% of Directors are women*
  • 9 nationalities are represented on the Board

*In accordance with legislation and the AFEP-MEDEF Code, the three Directors representing the employees are excluded from the calculation

A committed Board of Directors

Specialised committees to assist the Board of Directors in its supervisory duty

Their mission is to support the Board of Directors on specific issues. Each committee comprises at least four Directors and aims to achieve gender parity.

Audit and Internal Control Committee
Verifies the quality of the Group’s accounting and financial information.

Risk Committee
Anticipates new risks and ensures the quality of the risk-management system.

Compensation Committee
Ensures fair compensation, taking into account regulatory standards, objectives, risks and the standards of the Group’s Code of Conduct.

Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee
Selects the best talent for the company’s supervision and management.

Societe Generale applies the recommendations of the AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance code for listed companies

The AFEP-MEDEF Code is the code of reference for publicaly listed companies in terms of corporate governance. It defines the principles for the proper functioning of a company by introducing rules on executive compensation, control and transparency. First published in September 2002, the Code is regularly revised. 

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