Nanterre, 8 September 2020
BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions hereby announces the nomination of Tristan Watkins as Country Supervisor, with effect from September 1st, 2020. He reports to Olivier de Ryck, Head of Country Supervision and joins the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions.
Since September 1st, 2020, Tristan Watkins, a 51-year-old British citizen, ensures the supervision of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions’ activities in the US, Canada, Italy, Iberia (Spain and Portugal) and Romania. He also becomes a member of the Executive Committee.
Before being named Country Supervisor, Tristan spent 3 years as the Executive Vice-President of the Equipment Finance Division at Bank of the West, BNP Paribas Group’s sister entity in the US. In close cooperation with the BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions teams, he managed the division’s overall strategy and business activities.
“Tristan’s international experience and knowledge of the European and North American markets are precious assets for BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions and I am glad to welcome him back within the corporate team”, declares Wolfgang Pinner, Chief Operating Officer, Head of Country Coverage and Chief Data Officer.
Tristan Watkins graduated from the Neoma Business School (1990) and began his career at BNP Paribas in 1990 as Deputy Branch Manager in a branch of the retail banking network. He then held various positions over the next 12 years, ranging from Risk to Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2003, he moved to Arval UK, the car leasing specialist of the BNP Paribas Group where he stayed for 2 years as the Head of Pricing and Risk.
In 2005, he joined BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions as a Strategic Account Manager, before being appointed Head of the Technology Solutions International Business Line where he led the team of Global Account Managers and managed the division’s growth plans. He then moved to the UK in order to take over as Country Manager of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions UK. He supervised all local functions as well as the commercial activities linked to agriculture and construction equipment.