Christian Noyer

Governor, Banque de France, Paris

Christian Noyer has been governor of the Banque de France since November 2003, where he chairs the General Council and the monetary Committee of the General Council. Mr. Noyer was began his career in the Treasury in the Ministry of the Economy and Finance in 1976, and then subsequently spent two years in Brussels 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). He was appointed head of the Treasury in 1993. Other posts held include advisor to Edouard Balladur, then Minister of Finance, and chief of staff for two other Ministers of Finance, Edmond Alphandéry and Jean Arthuis. Mr. Noyer was appointed vice president of the European Central Bank in 1998 when the institution was set up in Frankfurt, and occupied this position until 2002. His European and international experience includes several years serving on the European Monetary Committee, the position of alternate for the Minister of Finance at the OECD, the G7 and the G10, the position of alternate Governor at the IMF and World Bank, and the chairmanship of the Paris Club. He is chairman of the Credit Institutions and Investment Firms Committee, the Commission bancaire, the Banking Mediation Committee and the Observatory for Payment Card Security. Mr. Noyer studied law in Rennes and Paris and subsequently graduated from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris.


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