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Mr Léo Goldschmidt

Honorary Managing Partner
Léo Goldschmidt, Honorary Managing Partner, Bank Degroof
Founder member of the ECGI : ECGI Board member :

Leo Goldschmidt, born 1932, graduated from the Solvay Business School of Brussels University.

A banker for most of his life, he spent an early four years' interlude as chief of staff of one of the deputy directors general at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. His banking career began in the fifties in the credit department at the Société Belge de Banque and continued in the sixties at Banque du Benelux where he became Director and General Manager. In 1970 he was named Managing Partner of Banque Degroof, a leading Belgian merchant bank, in charge i.a. of its investment banking activities. In parallel, he also served his profession as chairman of the Belgian Banks Association, as a board member of the European Federation of Banks, and as a director or executive committee member of various public institutions. He has chaired or been a director of numerous companies and societies. Until recently he was also engaged in teaching at the Universities of Brussels and Southern Europe, as well as in Vietnam.

Having retired from banking he continues to hold independent directorships in a number of companies and societies, including ECGI (European Corporate Governance Institute). He has participated in numerous corporate governance activities world-wide, amongst others by chairing the Corporate Governance Committee of EASD, serving on the OECD Corporate Governance Task Force, taking part in World Bank-OECD Round Table work in Russia, South-East Europe, Latin America and Asia and giving lectures on corporate governance in various countries. He also endowed his University with a chair on corporate governance.

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