In October Financial News published their seventh annual editorial pick of the most influential female executives working in European financial markets, listing two BNP Paribas employees. Financial News select women who have influence over their area of expertise, display leadership within their sector and their capacity to shape their business and industry over the year to come.
BNP Paribas’ Kara Lemont, global co-ordinator of fixed-income structuring BNP Paribas CIB, features on the list for an impressive fifth time. Financial news selected Kara based on the following achievements: her position on the bank’s fixed income business committee, making her the most senior woman in the fixed income division globally; the 15% increase in revenues of her division on the previous year; her management of a team of 40 across interest rates, credit and foreign exchange in London; her role as co-chair and co-founder of BNP Paribas’ women’s network where she makes a large contribution to mentoring and recruitment of women at the bank; and finally the launch of a new initiative called WiFI for women in fixed income to increase networking across the trading floor.
A newcomer to the list this year was Florence Fontan, head of asset managers segment BNP Paribas Securities Services, who was recognised for her recent promotion to develop strategy and product lines targeting asset managers. She was also praised for the work achieved in her previous role as head of the bank’s public affairs team, where she was responsible for liaising with rulemakers on the flurry of financial regulatory proposals since the financial crisis, as well as informing the bank’s strategy in response to regulatory changes such as Solvency II and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive
Congratulations to both Kara and Florence.
BNP Paribas is proud to be a co-sponsor of the annual dinner celebrating the most
influential women in European finance taking place on Monday 25th November.
Read the full list of Influential Women in Investment Banking.