Pierre Francotte to stand down as Euroclear Chief Executive Officer

(PresseBox) (Brussels, ) The Board wishes to announce today that Pierre Francotte has decided to stand down as Chief Executive Officer of Euroclear SA/NV in early 2010, after ten years as Chief Executive of Euroclear.

When Pierre Francotte became General Manager of Euroclear in 2000, the business was operated by Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York under contract with Euroclear plc, the user-owned Euroclear entity. Since then, Euroclear has grown six-fold in assets under custody, twelvefold in the value of securities settled and twenty-fold in the number of transactions settled. Euroclear took over Morgan's operating role with the creation in 2001 of Euroclear Bank, the international central securities depository. Under Pierre Francotte's leadership, Euroclear greatly expanded over this period by attracting central securities depositories for seven European markets, as well as EMXCo and Xtrakter, two specialist service providers in the funds and transaction matching fields, respectively, to join the Euroclear group.

Commenting on his decision, Pierre Francotte said: "Euroclear is an exceptionally strong and successful company, which has continuously contributed to the safety and soundness of the financial markets, to the development of the global securities markets and to the creation of a lowcost, low-risk post-trade environment for the benefit of issuers and investors. It has been a true privilege for me to be at its helm for close to a decade.

I personally believe that ten years is the maximum length of time for a CEO to be leading this company and that it is a practice of good corporate governance to now pass the baton. We have been preparing the transition to new leadership for some time. I am confident that Euroclear will become even stronger and more successful under the leadership of my successor, thanks to the great wisdom and strong guidance of the Chairman and the Board, and the exceptional quality and depth of Euroclear management and staff. I will, of course, be supporting the management transition once the Board has selected Euroclear's new CEO, whether internally or externally."

Sir Nigel Wicks, Chairman of Euroclear, said: "Shareholders, the Board of Directors, staff and clients have many reasons to be grateful to Pierre Francotte for his great achievements during his ten years of successful leadership as Chief Executive Officer of the Euroclear group. His wise stewardship has seen unprecedented transformation in the group's systems and operations, range of client services and geographical reach. He has also built a strong and effective management team and staff that will carry Euroclear forward with even more achievements in the years to come. Pierre's strategic vision and intellectual insight, coupled with his determination and drive, have led to Euroclear becoming a major player in its field. The Board understands why, after 10 years as Chief Executive Officer, Pierre has decided to move on and we thank him for all he has contributed during his time with us."

Pierre Francotte joined Euroclear in 1993 and became head of the Legal Division in 1994. He then became head of the Transaction Processing Division before being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2000, with responsibility for settlement, custody and related operations, and then General Manager later in 2000. On the creation of Euroclear Bank in 2001, he was appointed its first Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Committee. Pierre Francotte is 52 years old.

Euroclear UK & Ireland

Euroclear is the world's largest provider of domestic and cross-border settlement and related services for bond, equity, derivatives and fund transactions. User owned and user governed, the Euroclear group comprises the international central securities depository Euroclear Bank, based in Brussels, as well as the national central securities depositories (CSDs) Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear Finland, Euroclear France, Euroclear Nederland, Euroclear Sweden and Euroclear UK & Ireland. Euroclear also owns EMXCo, a leading provider of investment-fund order routing in the UK and Xtrakter, owner of the TRAX trade matching and reporting system. In 2008, the Euroclear group settled more than EUR 560 trillion in securities transactions, representing 157 million domestic and crossborder transactions, and held more than EUR 18 trillion in assets for clients. Euroclear Bank is rated AA+ by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings.

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