At the sixth La Tribune Women's Awards, Cathia Lawson-Hall, Senior Banker in charge of large corporates and financial institutions in Africa at Societe Generale, was awarded the title of Manager of the Year 2015. With over 18 years of experience working on the capital debt markets and in financial analysis, Cathia Lawson-Hall personifies the development of new generation of female managers.
For Societe Generale, this award is recognition of all its talented female staff and of the Group’s diversity policy. The development and the promotion of women and staff with an international profile to posts of responsibility are important levers for economic performance at the heart of the diversity policy.
Diversity and gender parity - 31.12.2015
122 nationalities represented
60% of employees outside of mainland France
59% of women within the Group
21% of women in Senior Management (Top 1,000)
43% of women among managers
50% of women within the Board of Directors
(7 women, including 2 staff-elected directors)
15% of women in the Executive Committee
20% of women in the Board of Directors
(12 women instead of 6 at the beginning of 2010)
2,302 disabled employees worldwide (1.6% of the overall headcount)
After having received the Corporate Champion Award in 2014 at the Global Summit of Women, this new award is further proof of the Societe Generale group’s voluntary policy of promoting male/female equality and, more wider, diversity.
This award is a recompense for working women and for all women in general that recognises the heart and energy that we put into our work every day. For Societe Generale, the award is a recognition of the value that is placed on women managers and on diversity! It kills two birds with one stone and is an incentive for all women, whatever their age or origin.
Cathia Lawson-Hall, Senior Banker in charge of large corporates and financial institutions in Africa
Senior Bankers at the heart of the strategic dialogue
Key players in relationship banking, Senior Bankers are the main point of contact between the bank and its clients. They are responsible for the bank's relations with its major accounts, who are strategic clients in terms of both the potential volume of business and the diversity of the services Societe Generale is able to offer them. Making relationship banking a reality therefore lies at the very heart of their role.
The role of Senior Bankers has expanded in recent years. The development of the relationship-banking model has increased the commercial teams' need to work closer together as an integrated client team, with the Senior Banker having the leading role. Senior Bankers work in close partnership with the bank's various business lines in order to provide global solutions, primarily from the corporate and investment bank, and best meet their clients' requirements (strategic advice, financing, risk management, etc.) and the development strategy defined by the bank.
A link between the bank and its customers, Senior Bankers have a pivotal position with regards to the development of the relationship-banking model, as they both initiate and facilitate transactions.