Societe Generale Securities Services appoints new Managing Director of South African branch

Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) has appointed Jean-Louis Bernardo as Country Head of South Africa and thus becomes Managing Director of the Societe Generale Johannesburg Branch with regard to local regulators.

Based in johannesburg, jean-louis bernardo reports to philippe huerre, head of international development for sgss. Previously deputy head of sgss in russia, he replaces bertrand blanchard, who has been appointed country manager for sgss in the united kingdom.

SGSS has been providing securities services in South Africa to domestic clients in the country for over 20 years and offers a full range of services to asset managers, global custodians, investment banks and broker dealers. Its overall offering in South Africa now includes both local and global custody, clearing & settlement services across all asset classes, as well as securities lending and treasury solutions.

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Jean-Louis Bernardo began his career in 1995 with Citibank Capital Markets in Paris, where he held various positions in operations. In 2000, he joined SGSS’ Global Sales and Relationship Management Team as Product Manager, before being appointed in 2007 Head of Operations and Deputy Head of SGSS in Spain. He then went on to manage the launch of SGSS’ custody platform in Egypt in 2009. Since September 2011, he was Deputy Head of SGSS in Russia, where Societe Generale operates via its subsidiary, Rosbank, one of the largest privately owned banks in the country.

Jean-Louis Bernardo has a Masters in Economics and a Post-Graduate Degree in Banking Finance and International Trade from Bordeaux University.