Company: Societe Generale Algerie
Biography: Gerald Lacaze has been with Societe Generale since 1978 and was made chief executive officer (CEO) in July 2007, replacing Joel Jarry.
He started his career at the head office in Paris, spending eight years in Chicago and London before returning to Paris in 1993 as deputy manager of the Africa and Middle East department.
He subsequently worked as deputy manager of the Americas department, and head of mergers and acquisitions for Africa and the Middle East, before being made head of the Africa and Middle East region in 2005.
He is also a member of the board of directors at Societe Generale Jordan and Tunisia’s Union Internationale de Banques. Societe Generale was the first French bank to be granted a banking licence in Algeria, opening in 2001.
It has more than 40 branches in the country and by the end of 2008, it hopes to have a total of 60. It has more than 110,000 clients.