Published on 26/09/2016

Societe Generale appoints new global head of Global Transaction Banking

Societe Generale has appointed Benoît Desserre as Global Head of Global Transaction Banking and Deputy Head of Global Transaction & Payment Services (GTPS), replacing Christian Behaghel who has decided to retire. He reports to Pascal Augé, Head of GTPS.

Benoît is replaced by Aurélien Viry as Head of Payments & Cash Management for GTB. In his new role, Aurélien is responsible for pursuing the development of the global cash management business line activities.

Benoît’s main responsibilities are to continue Societe Generale’s Global Transaction Banking strategic development to accompany its clientele of financial institutions and corporates as part of a broad-based banking relationship. On this basis, he will directly oversee 4 business lines: corporate cash management, cash clearing/correspondent banking, trade finance and factoring and will be supported by Societe Generale’s international network.


Benoît Desserre, who holds a Masters degree in Finance and Business Administration, joined the Societe Generale group in 1989. In 1991, he moved to New York and then Dallas as Senior relationship manager for large US corporates. In 1995, he returned to Paris to join and promote the International Commodity Finance Department before being appointed Director of Commodities and Trade Finance in Australia. In late 2003, he joined the French retail banking branch as Deputy Head of Corporates at the Paris Etoile Entreprises branch, taking over the reins in 2009 after two years at the Saint Germain-en-Laye regional retail banking branch. In 2013, he joined Global Transaction Banking as Head of Payments and Cash Management.

Aurélien Viry, who holds degrees in Business Administration from ESCP and in Accounting and Finance, joined Societe Generale’s General Inspection department in 1990 and was appointed deputy head for the Group’s subsidiary in Seoul in 1996. In 1999, he became COO for the North Asian region and in 2001 he was appointed COO of SG Securities for Asia. In 2003, he returned to France to join the Global Equities and Derivatives Department as Head of the Middle Office. In 2005, he was appointed General Manager for GENEFIM, the Group’s real estate leasing subsidiary. In 2011, he joined Komercni Banka, the Group’s subsidiary in the Czech Republic, as a member of the management committee in charge of Risk.