BNP Paribas Securities Services Luxembourg
Global Head of Investment and Fund Services Operations
Today a fund administration specialist, Frédéric Perard’s original ambition was to manage luxury hotels. Evidence of this early passion is apparent in the form of a creative approach and an appreciation for the finer things in life.
Striking out alone, age 17 Frédéric Perard first discovered basketball when he was eight years old. The sport had a deep influence on him. His business decisions are still influenced by the same factors, a fun element, team spirit and an ongoing quest for technical and tactical excellence. Frédéric could have carried on playing, but in the end the lure of the gastronomic world prevailed. Thus, after an uneventful childhood and adolescence in the bracing climate of the North Sea coast, the young man left home in 1980, at the age of 17, to pursue a burning ambition: to one day manage a major international hotel in a prestigious location. However, Frédéric quickly realised that this industry held few prospects for him. He then changed path, entering the world of finance and economics with a bachelor’s degree in commercial and financial sciences from the ICHEC in Brussels.
Promoting fund administration
In 1986, on leaving university, Frédéric Perard only needed to reply to a single job offer. He was immediately hired by JP Morgan in Paris, who had been impressed by his dissertation on “measuring the performance of Monory-CEA unit trusts”. His working life therefore began in fund administration, an area in which he has chosen to remain. Until 1995 and the sale of the business to Paribas and the Bank of New York, JP Morgan Securities experienced exponential growth, giving Frédéric Perard ample opportunity to express his talents. In 1999, he joined Paribas. Thanks to his team spirit, responsiveness and innovative flair, he naturally found himself in a key role in the two major acquisitions made by BNP Paribas - Paribas in 1999 then BGL Fortis in 2009.
Hunting, travel and oenology
Frédéric Perard’s move to Luxembourg in 2004 has brought two major benefits: on the one hand, he finds a peaceful family haven in the city on his return from the many business trips required for his role. On the other hand, he can indulge his passions for oenology and hunting, enjoying the conviviality and fresh air aspect of these pursuits. In the medium term, Frédéric may explore new horizons far from Europe – maybe even in Asia – however, his most cherished dream is to buy a vineyard where he can make his own wine and go hunting with his dog.
Facts & Figures
Place of birth: Malo-les-Bains
Languages: French, English, Spanish, German
Hobbies: Oenology, golf, hunting, basket ball
Cities: New York, San Francisco, Rome
Restaurant: Gagnaire (Paris)
Places: Rajastan, Saint Eustache
Book: Germinal (Emile Zola)
Music: Norah Jones, Amadeus Mozart
Artist: Leonard de Vinci