Pascal Boris

Pascal Boris, CBE, is an active business angel. He also sits on a number of boards as a non-executive director (chair, remuneration committee, strategy committee). He is a former senior international banking executive. He was CEO of BNP Paribas UK (1999–2007) and CEO of BNP Paribas Suisse (2007–2013).

Early life

Pascal Boris was born on 1950 in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de Seine), France. He is the son of Jean-Mathieu Boris, President of various companies and Mrs Monique Hecker, International civil servant at UNESCO.

Pascal Boris attended the Lycée Janson-de-Sailly, Paris, before graduating from HEC Paris (international business management), from the London Business School, London, United Kingdom, and from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration (today the Stern School of Business[2]).

He discharged his military duties in the French Navy, as deputy to the Commanding Officer of the Paris Naval Headquarters in 1974–1975.


Pascal Boris has a 40 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, risk management, capital markets and wealth management in the USA, France, the UK, Switzerland and some emerging markets.

Pascal Boris started his career (1975–1988) at the Chase Manhattan Bank, as a credit analyst, before being promoted in a number of international banking roles in New York, Geneva and London, until being appointed MD investment banking at Chase Manhattan Limited in London, UK.

In 1988 he joined Paribas as head of fixed income in Switzerland; after growing the UK banking franchise in London from 1992, he was appointed CEO BNP Paribas UK in 1999,[3] to implement the merger of Paribas and BNP in the UK.

In 2007, he was appointed CEO BNP Paribas (Suisse) a position he held until late 2013. He also served as President of the Fondation BNP Paribas Suisse (2007–2014), and ran the global international (except Asia) wealth management network of BNP Paribas from 2010 to 2013; he was appointed vice-chairman of BNP Paribas Wealth Management from 2013 until his retirement in 2015. He was a board member of BNP Paribas (Suisse) from 2013 to 2016.

As part of his activity as a business angel, Pascal Boris is currently a Non Executive director (since 2016) at Bankable,[4] a London-based fintech, of Smart Ratings – trading as EarlyMetrics – (since 2018), of Robin’Finance (since 2018) and of ByzGen Ltd (since 2019). He joined the Advisory Board of Kazuar Advanced Technologies in 2018.

He was elected to the board of Harel Mallac & Co. Ltd in 2017.

He served two terms as an independent director at Grant Thornton International Ltd from 2012 to 2018.[5]

He was chairman of the supervisory board of Bank Insinger de Beaufort N.V. in Amsterdam from 2010 to 2015.

Other roles

Mr Pascal Boris has been a Foreign Trade Adviser to the French Government (Conseiller du commerce extérieur de la France) since 2001 [6][7]

He is the co-founder of the Cercle d’Outre-Manche, the influential London-based think-tank established in 2004.

He is honorary President of the French Chamber in Great Britain[8] having served as its President [9] from 2001 to 2007. He was Deputy President of CCI France International (which coordinates the international network of French Chambers of Commerce) from 2013 to 2016.

Mr Pascal Boris is a Freeman of the City of London (Freedom of the City) and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.


Pascal Boris served as President of the BNP Paribas Foundation[10] Suisse (2007–2014).


Pascal Boris was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2007 for service to UK-French commercial relations,[11] and was made an Officer of the (Legion of Honour), in 2011[12]

Personal life

Pascal Boris is married and has five children. He lives in London, United Kingdom.

Selected publications

  • Boris, Pascal (2016). Starts-ups c’est bien, scale-ups c’est mieux, France vs Royaume-Uni (en coll., 2016) (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2014). La France et le Royaume-Uni face à la crise 2008–2014 (en coll., 2014) (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2013). Immigration et travail, quelques bonnes pratiques à intégrer (en coll., 2013) (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2011). Faire de la France une puissance numérique pour accélérer la croissance et l’emploi (en coll., 2011) (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2010). Premier emploi inaccessible, retraite précoce : six mesures pour changer la donne (en coll., 2010) (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2009). L’Université et la Recherche : moteurs de la création d’entreprise (en coll., 2009). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2008). Du Brain drain au Brain gain (en coll., 2008 (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2007). 6 mois, 6 mesures pour que la France repasse devant le Royaume-Uni (en coll., 2007) (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2006). My Neighbour is rich (en coll., 2006) (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.
  • Boris, Pascal (2004). Sous-emploi français, plein-emploi britannique: un paradoxe bien peu cordial (en coll., 2004) (PDF). London: Cercle d’Outre-Manche.


  1. ^“Stern NYU”.
  2. ^“Stern NYU”.
  3. ^“Pascal Boris named new head of UK territory”.
  4. ^“Pascal Boris NED at Bankable”.
  5. ^“Pascal Boris NED at Grant Thornton”.
  6. ^“Décret du 1er août 2014 portant nomination de conseillers du commerce extérieur de la France”. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^“Comité National des Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France”. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  8. ^“French Chamber in Great Britain”.
  9. ^“Pascal Boris President of the FCGB”.
  10. ^“BNP Paribas Swiss Foundation”.
  11. ^“The New Year Honours Lists 2007”. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  12. ^“Pascal Boris, Légion d’honneur”.

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