Dr André Lévy-Lang

Dr AndrÉ LÉvy-Lang

Dr André Lévy-Lang began his career with the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA - the French atomic energy commission) in 1960, then joined the Schlumberger Group in 1962 where he held various engineering, marketing and management positions in France and the United States. Between 1963 and 1965 he was a Harkness Fellow at Stanford University.

In 1974 he joined Paribas, a banking group, through one of its major affiliates, Compagnie Bancaire, the leading European group of specialised financial services companies. He was appointed CEO of Compagnie Bancaire in 1982.

In 1990 Dr Lévy-Lang was appointed CEO of the Paribas group, a position he held until 1999 when Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) acquired Paribas to create BNP-Paribas.

Board Mandates

Dr Lévy-Lang is Chairman of 'Les Echos', Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Co. and, until May 2011 was a Non-Executive Director of SCOR.

He was a member of the Executive Board of the French Bankers Association from 1982 to 1999, and from 1988 until 1994, he was Chairman of the Finance Committee of the French Employers Association (MEDEF).

He has held Directorships on the boards of Péchiney, Elf Aquitaine, Finaxa, Schlumberger, Dexia and Assurances Générales de France (AGF, now part of Allianz).

Dr Lévy-Lang is a Governor of the American Hospital in Paris, he chairs the Fondation du Risque and the Institut Louis Bachelier and sits on the boards of the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Fondation Europlace de Finance and Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES).

He is active as an independent investor and is a Visiting Professor in Finance at Université de Paris-Dauphine.


Dr Lévy-Lang is a Commandeur of the Légion d'Honneur and an Officer of the National Order of Merit.

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