Thierry d’Argent was appointed CEO, SG London Branch and Group Chief Country Officer, UK and Ireland in May 2023. Thierry began his career in 1988 at Oliver Wyman; he served as deputy Cabinet Director in the Brussels Federal Government between 1991 and 1992. He then joined Barings and then JP Morgan in 1998 to develop its investment banking franchise in Europe; in 2001, he became Head of Mergers & Acquisition for JP Morgan in France. Thierry joined the Mergers & Acquisitions team of Societe Generale in 2009 and was appointed Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions in 2010. He became Global Head of Corporate Finance in 2012 and Co-Head, latterly Head, of the Coverage and Investment Banking division in 2015, following which he was appointed Deputy Head of Global Banking and Advisory in July 2019.
Thierry graduated Summa cum laude from the Solvay Business School and the University of Brussels.
Bertrand Blanchard was appointed Head of Global Transaction & Payment Services UK in April 2021. Prior to that, he was UK Country Manager for Societe Generale Securities Services, a post he had held since May 2014. He was previously Head of Societe Generale’s Johannesburg branch and Country Manager for Societe Generale Securities Services in South Africa for 6 years.
Bertrand began his career at BFCE (now Natexis) as a business analyst for the Financial Markets Department in 1993. He then moved to Dexia France in 1996 to take over a team within the Back-Office of the Market Department. Two years later, he joined KPMG Peat Marwick (now CSC) as Senior Manager within the Investment Banking and Capital Market practices.
Bertrand joined Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking in 2003 as Information Systems & Process Manager. The following year, he moved to Societe Generale Securities Services as Vice President for Strategy and Development, where he was involved in several acquisitions contributing to Societe Generale Securities Services’ European expansion.
Bertrand Blanchard is a graduate of the Reims Business Management School (RMS) in France.
Anne Chassereau joined Societe Generale in 1997 as part of the General Inspection department. She then moved to the Strategic and Acquisition Finance Department, where she successively supervised the New York team in 2008, and the Paris team in 2012. Anne joined RISQ in 2016, first as a Deputy Head of RISQ/CIB in 2016, and in 2017, as Head of Credit Risks – Corporate and Investment Banking for the AMER Region, based in New York. In October 2022, Anne was appointed Head of RISQ UK, Chief Risk Officer, SG London Branch.
Mouhammed (Mo) Choukeir was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank Limited in June 2020. Prior to this, Mouhammed was Deputy CEO and Chief Investment Officer. Mouhammed is also a member of the Societe Generale Private Banking Executive Committee and the SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank Limited Board.
As CEO, Mouhammed is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Kleinwort Hambros’ strategy to grow and transform the business across target markets. Mo will focus on strengthening the bank’s long-standing foundations, working with a talented and diverse pool of employees to deliver exceptional client service.
Mouhammed is a frequent speaker at conferences and events, and a regular contributor with the BBC, Bloomberg and CNBC. Under his leadership as CIO, the investment team secured a number of industry awards and accolades for excellence and investment performance including Investment Team of the Year.
Mouhammed joined Kleinwort Benson in 2011 and moved across to SG Hambros Bank Limited as part of an acquisition in 2017. Prior to this, Mo was Head of Multi-Asset Class Investing at Morgan Stanley for Europe, Middle East and Asia, where he was responsible for managing portfolios for private (UHNW individuals and family offices) and institutional (endowments, charities) clients. Before moving to Morgan Stanley in 2002, Mouhammed spent his early career in the fixed income division of Citigroup’s Investment Bank in New York, London and Madrid.
Mouhammed has a master’s degree in Finance with distinction from London Business School, and a Bachelor’s Degree with first class honours from the University of London, King’s College. He is also a CFA charter holder from the CFA Institute. Mouhammed is a Board Member for several charities, including the King’s College London University endowment and Tangled Feet, a performing arts charity tackling social issues. Mouhammed enjoys taking part in long-distance triathlons and Ironman challenges.
Karine has been with Societe Generale for over 10 years, having joined Finance as Financial controller, she had different roles in accounting, management controls and tax monitoring where she worked closely with GLBA. In 2013 she was promoted to Head of Due Diligences and Controls where she led various due diligences on acquisitions and strategic projects. She was then appointed Global Head of Controls and Norms in 2016, and later Global Head of Level 2 Finance Control in 2018.
Since then, Karine has been responsible for all Finance controls for the whole Group, setting up a new team and a new regulated role, where she led a significant digital transformation of this business. She also presented each quarter to Board Members the results of certification of controls on Finance production.
In July 2022, Karine was appointed Chief Financial Officer, UK and Ireland, and CFO, SG London Branch.*
Karine started her career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where she worked in the Paris office for six years leading numerous assignments in financial institutions and energy sectors.
*Subject to regulatory approval.
Ben joined Societe Generale in June 2005 and was appointed Head of Human Resources, UK and Ireland in February 2016. Previously he held a number of senior roles including UK Head of HR Business Partners, EMEA Compensation Director, Head of HR Operations and Lead HR Business Partner for Coverage and Investment Banking and Global Finance. Ben sits on the UK Executive Committee for SG London Branch and is a member of the Global HR Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Societe Generale, Ben was a HR Business Partner for Allianz Dresdner Asset Management. He holds a Masters Degree in HR, a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Management and is Chair of the City HR Association; a UK Industry Association whose purpose is to support and provide HR best practice to over 180 organisations whose activities are directly involved in the financial services sector. Ben is also Chair of the SG UK Foundation which, as an independent registered charity, funds several key strategic ventures as well as providing matching donations to support the charitable, fundraising and volunteering efforts of Societe Generale employees.
Ben has two young daughters and is passionate about being an active father. His other interests include spending as much time as he can in the countryside (where he lives), clay pigeon shooting and cycling.
Sarah Linstead is General Counsel and Head of Corporate Finance at Societe Generale, London. After training and qualifying as a solicitor at international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, she spent a number of years there in the corporate and capital markets division advising on a variety of public and private M&A and ECM transactions. In 2006, Sarah moved to SG to head the corporate finance legal team, before becoming General Counsel for SG London in July 2016. Sarah is fluent in French and graduated from University College, University of London with an LL.B (Hons) with French law.
Albert Loo began his career in 1991 at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking as part of the IT team. He was appointed Head of Middle Office for Interest Rate Derivatives in 1994 and took charge of the Front Office Risk Management of Europe & Asia in 1996. In 1999, he joined the interest rate derivatives sales team responsible for French corporates and in 2001, he oversaw the French sales team for corporates & local authorities. In January 2006, Albert was appointed Deputy-Head of European Sales in Interest Rate Derivatives. In 2007, he became Global Deputy-Head of Interest Rate & Foreign Exchange Derivatives and then in 2008, Global Co-Head of Interest Rate and Forex Derivatives Sales for Issuers. He was named Co-Global Head of Sales for Fixed Income & Currencies in April 2012 and in 2015, Global Head of Sales for Fixed Income & Currencies and Co-Head of Cross Asset Sales. In 2018, he was appointed Global Deputy Head of Sales for Global Markets. In June 2022, he was appointed UK Head of Global Markets.
Albert holds a PhD in Thermodynamics from Paris 7 University, is graduated from AgroParisTech Engineer School and holds a Master's degree in Financial Markets from ITM.
Stephanie has over 20 years of international experience in the Financial Services industry. After 10 years in consulting, Stephanie joined Societe Generale in 2006, as Global Head of the Equity Derivatives Back-Office and then Global head of Commodities Operations. In 2011 she relocated to Hong Kong as Regional Head of APAC Securities & Client Services within Operations before moving to the Asia COO Office as Regional Head of GBS Strategy & Organisation. In September 2017, Stephanie moved to London and was appointed Global Head of Agency Operations then Global Head of Technology & Operations for Equities & Equity Derivatives in 2019.
In September 2020 Stephanie was appointed UK Chief Operating Officer in addition to her existing role in Equity Derivatives T&O.
Stephanie graduated from ESSEC business school.
Mike Phillips is the Head of UK Wholesale Banking Compliance for Societe Generale , with Compliance oversight responsibility for all corporate & investment banking, securities services, asset management and transaction banking activities undertaken by Societe Generale in the UK. He joined Societe Generale in June 2008. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1992 and joined the Securities & Futures Authority, working in the UK regulator’s Surveillance Division, with responsibility for private client and on-exchange derivatives firms. He moved to UBS’ London Compliance Department in 1997, joining the Equities Compliance team before establishing a ‘risk assessment’ team that was responsible for undertaking Compliance risk reviews within London and the European region. He joined Lehman Brothers in London in 2002 as the Head of Central Compliance, the role also encompassing oversight of Compliance Monitoring, the European Compliance function, the Private Client & Asset Management businesses and the Anti-Money Laundering function.
Vijay began his career at HSBC in London in 2003. He joined Societe Generale in London in 2007, initially within the Debt Capital Markets team, and has since held various roles in the UK, including UK Head of Development & Structured Export Finance, where he successfully delivered many financings for EM Sovereigns, Export Development Guarantees for UK corporates, and Project Finance transactions, as well as in Cross Business Development in GLBA where he led various regulatory, governance, and management initiatives for the business unit.
Vijay holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, and a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Elham Shahbandi joined Societe Generale as Regional Chief Audit Executive in August 2022. She came from Barclays, where over ten years she held a number of senior responsibilities including Head of EMEA Markets and Global Head of Macro, Credit and Securitised Products; Head of US and EMEA Markets; and Chief of Staff to the Chief Internal Auditor for Barclays Bank Plc (consisting of Investment Bank, Capital Markets, Private Bank, Corporate Bank and Cards & Payments). Prior to that, Elham spent 7 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she held Risk and Internal Audit roles. The risk role included responsibility for oversight of Liquidity risk management and Recovery and Resolution for the U.K. legal entities. In Audit, she was responsible for Global Commodities and EMEA Rates and FX. Elham started her career as a Financial Controller at American Electric Power (in London) and trained for her Chartered Accountancy qualification with Pannell Kerr Forster. She has a degree in accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.
Zvi Wohlgemuth joined Societe Generale in 2007 in Loan Sales responsible for Project Finance and Middle East. He previously held positions at HSBC and RBS working on a wide range of landmark transactions in Project Finance and Infrastructure. In 2015, he was appointed as Head of EMEA Project, Asset Financing & CEEMEA Loan Syndicate. He holds a Bachelors degree (hons) in Civil and Structural Engineering from University College London in 1999.