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New appointments at BNP Paribas Fortis’ Executive Committee

On 1 June 2024, the composition of BNP Paribas Fortis’ Executive Committee will evolve. Franciane Rays and Lieve De Mol will join as new members and become respectively Chief Financial Officer and Head of Client Service Centre, while Khatleen Pauwels will become Chief Compliance Officer.


Franciane Rays succeeds Pierre Bouchara as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). After three years as CFO of BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking, she will again become CFO of BNP Paribas Fortis, a role she successfully performed from 2018 to 2021.

Khatleen Pauwels, Head of Client Service Centre (CSC) and member of the ExCo since 1 January 2020, will become Chief Compliance Officer succeeding Christophe Galimard subject to regulatory approval. Khatleen Pauwels has spent the last four years transforming the bank’s service and operations departments into a client-centric service centre supporting all business lines.

Lieve De Mol in turn succeeds Khatleen Pauwels as Head of Client Service Centre and also joins the Executive Committee. Lieve has successfully led the major integration project of bpost bank over the past three years. Prior to that, she was Head of Hello bank!.

CEO Michael Anseeuw: “I warmly welcome Franciane, Khatleen and Lieve as members of the bank’s Executive Committee. All three have proven their ability to manage activities in a complex environment. Their personality, knowledge and experience are an asset to the Executive Committee and I know I can count on them as we continue to strengthen BNP Paribas Fortis into the reference bank of our clients.”


  • After graduating from EM Lyon in 1994, Franciane Rays started her career at Arthur Andersen and then Ernst & Young in audit and finance consulting. She joined the finance group of BNP Paribas in 2011, where she led several projects before managing the group’s regulatory liquidity. In 2018 she was appointed CFO of BNP Paribas Fortis. She is currently CFO of the CIB department in the BNP Paribas group.
  • Khatleen Pauwels obtained a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from EHSAL in Brussels (now known as KU Leuven-campus Brussels) in 2000. In 2007, she joined Fortis Bank as IT Sourcing Engagement Manager, and in 2010 became Head of the BNP Paribas Fortis IT Resource Management and Strategic Sourcing team. From 2013, she coordinated a number of channel and CRM improvement initiatives before being appointed Head of the Channels & Data Management operational teams in 2015. In 2018, she took charge of the operational department dealing with Customers and Accounts Management. From January 2020, she was appointed Head of Client Service Centre and also joined the Executive Committee.
  • Lieve De Mol graduated from Ghent University in 1999 with a Master’s degree in Political and Social Sciences. She worked in various consultancy positions before becoming a project manager at BNP Paribas Fortis in 2006. In 2012, she became International Program Director Cards, and in 2014 joined Hello bank! Belgium. Initially responsible for Sales & Marketing, she was appointed Head of Hello bank! Belgium in 2017. In 2019, she became Program Director of the New Client Servicing Centre and in March 2021, Head of the bpost bank Integration Office. In this role she was responsible for the integration of bpost bank into BNP Paribas Fortis.

BNP Paribas Fortis ( offers the Belgian market a comprehensive range of financial services for private individuals, the self-employed, professionals, companies and public organisations. In the insurance sector, BNP Paribas Fortis works closely, as a tied agent, with Belgian market leader AG Insurance. At international level, the Bank also provides high-net-worth individuals, large corporations and public and financial institutions with customised solutions, for which it is able to draw on the know-how and international network of the BNP Paribas Group.

BNP Paribas ( is the European Union’s leading bank and key player in international banking. It operates in 63 countries and has nearly 183,000 employees. The Group has key positions in its three main fields of activity: Commercial, Personal Banking & Services for the Group’s commercial & personal banking and several specialised businesses including BNP Paribas Personal Finance and Arval; Investment & Protection Services for savings, investment and protection solutions; and Corporate & Institutional Banking, focused on corporate and institutional clients. Based on its strong diversified and integrated model, the Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, BNP Paribas has four domestic markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. The Group is rolling out its integrated commercial & personal banking model across several Mediterranean countries, Turkey, and Eastern Europe. As a key player in international banking, the Group has leading platforms and business lines in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific. BNP Paribas has implemented a Corporate Social Responsibility approach in all its activities, enabling it to contribute to the construction of a sustainable future, while ensuring the Group's performance and stability.


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