Christian Noyer

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Christian Noyer
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Chair of the Bank for International Settlements
In office
March 2010 – October 2015
General ManagerJaime Caruana
Preceded byGuillermo Ortiz Martínez
Succeeded byJens Weidmann
Governor of the Bank of France
In office
1 November 2003 – 31 October 2015
Preceded byJean-Claude Trichet
Succeeded byFrançois Villeroy de Galhau
Vice President of the European Central Bank
In office
1 July 1998 – 29 May 2002
PresidentWim Duisenberg
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byLucas Papademos
Personal details
Born (1950-10-06) 6 October 1950 (age 68)
Soisy-sous-Montmorency, France
Political partyRally for the Republic (Before 2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–2015)
Alma materParis Descartes University
Sciences Po
École nationale d'administration

Christian Noyer (born 6 October 1950) is a French economist who served as Governor of the Bank of France from 2003 to 2015. In this capacity, he chaired the Bank for International Settlements from 2010 until 2015.[1][2] He had previously served as the first Vice President of the European Central Bank from 1998 to 2002.


Appointed to the Treasury in the Ministry of the Economy and Finance in 1976, Noyer subsequently spent two years in Brussels from 1980 to 1982 at France's permanent representation to the European Communities. Back at the Treasury, he held a range of posts dealing with both domestic issues (government cash and debt management, banking affairs, financing of industry and state-owned enterprises) and international affairs (multilateral issues, export financing). In 1995, he became chief of staff to Finance Minister Jean Arthuis.

Noyer was appointed Governor of the Bank of France in 2003 by then-President Jacques Chirac, and confirmed to a second term by his successor Nicolas Sarkozy. During his tenure as Governor, he was also Chairman of the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution (ACPR – the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority for banks and insurance). He also chaired the supervisory boards of the Institut d'émission des départements d'Outre-Mer (IEDOM) and the Institut d'émission d'Outre-Mer (IEOM), the French overseas note-issuing central banks.

Later career[edit]

In 2014, daily newspaper Le Monde reported that Noyer had been considered to succeed Baudouin Prot as chairman of private bank BNP Paribas; the post instead went to Jean Lemierre.[3]

In 2016, Noyer was appointed by the Government of France to serve on a task force mandated with leading efforts to attract business from London in the wake of Brexit.[4][5] He also led France's successful bid to relocate the European Banking Authority to Paris in 2017.[6]

In 2018, the French Treasury asked Noyer to study all possible options to reorganize Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, part France's fifth-biggest lender Groupe Crédit Mutuel.[7]

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Jean-Claude Trichet
Governor of the Banque de France
Succeeded by
François Villeroy de Galhau
Preceded by
Guillermo Ortiz Martínez
Chair of the Bank for International Settlements
Succeeded by
Jens Weidmann