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Former President of the European Central Bank
Jean-Claude is one of the world’s most respected Central Bankers. He was President of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011 and President of the Bank of France from 1993 to 2003.
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Jean-Claude Trichet's 2023 biography
Jean-Claude Trichet’s background
He is currently Honorary Governor of the Bank of France, holds the position of Chairman of the Group of Thirty, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bruegel and Chairman of the European Group of the Trilateral Commission. He is President of SOGEPA (Société de Gestion des Participations aéronautiques) and also a member of Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group, as well as the “Institut de France” (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques).
In 1986, he directed the Private Office of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Privatisation (Edouard Balladur) and in 1987 he became Director of the Treasury and a member of an influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty. In the same year, he was appointed Censor of the General Council of the Banque de France and Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Trichet was Chairman of the European Monetary Committee from 1992, until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of France in 1993. Chairman of the Monetary Policy Council of the Banque de France as of 1994, a member of the Council of the European Monetary Institute from 1994 to 1998 and thereafter he was appointed a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. At the end of his first term as Governor of the Bank of France, he was reappointed for a second term.
He was President of the European Central Bank, President of the Group of 10 Central Bank Governors, President of the European Systemic Risk Board the Global Economy meeting of Central Bank Governors in Basel and also President of the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision, for eight years, from 2003-11.
He was named “Person of the Year” by the Financial Times (2007), “Policymaker of the Year” twice by The International Economy magazine (1991 and 2007), “Central Banker of the Year” by The Banker (2008), “European Banker of the Year 2007” by The Group of 20 + 1 (2008) and “Central Bank Governor of the Year 2008” by Euromoney.
Trichet was fifth on the “World’s Most Powerful” list in Newsweek and listed as one of the “Most Powerful Figures in Finance” by Institutional Investor (2008). Trichet was also named one of the “Most Influential People in the World” in Time magazine (2011). More recently he was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for economic policy by the National Association of Business Economists (NABE) (2014).
Jean-Claude Trichet is President of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for year 2023. Jean-Claude Trichet is former European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission and honorary Chairman of the Bruegel Institute (Brussels). He is Special Advisor of the Systemic Risk Council (Washington). He is honorary Chairman of the G30 (Washington).
Jean-Claude Trichet worked in the private sector from 1966 to 1968. At the end of the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) courses, he was appointed to the Inspection générale des Finances in 1971. He was assigned to various posts at the Ministry of Finance in the General Inspectorate of Finance and later in the Treasury Department, where in 1976 he became Secretary General of the Interministerial Committee for Improving Industrial Structures (CIASI).
Jean-Claude Trichet was made an adviser to the cabinet of the Minister of Economic Affairs in 1978, and then an adviser to the President of the Republic (Valéry Giscard d’Estaing) in the same year. In this capacity, he worked on issues relating to energy, industry, research and microeconomics from 1978 to 1981. He subsequently became Deputy Director of Bilateral Affairs at the Treasury Department from 1981 to 1984 and Head of International Affairs, also at the Treasury, and was Chairman of the Paris Club (sovereign debt rescheduling) from 1985 to 1993. In 1986 he headed the Private Office of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Privatisation (Edouard Balladur). In 1987 he became Director of the Treasury. In the same year he was appointed Censor of the General Council of the Banque de France and Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He was Chairman of the European Monetary Committee from 1992 until his appointment as Governor of the Banque de France in 1993. He was the Chairman of the Monetary Policy Council of the Banque de France as of 1994, a member of the Council of the European Monetary Institute from 1994 to 1998 and thereafter a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. At the end of his first term as Governor of the Banque de France, he was reappointed for a second term.
He was instrumental in the implementation of the French strategy of “competitive desinflation” in the 80’s and the 90’s, as Director of the Treasury and Governor of the Banque de France. He has launched the idea of the “Principles for stable capital flows and fair debt restructuring” in the international debt strategy at the end of the 90’s.
Jean-Claude Trichet was elected Chairman of the Group of Ten (G10) Governors on 29 June 2003. He was elected President of the “Global economy meeting” of Central Bank governors and President of the group of Governors and Heads Of Supervision (GHOS) in Basel (until October 2011). He was appointed President of the European Central Bank on 16 October 2003 by common accord of the Governments of the Member States that have adopted the euro at the level of Heads of State or Government for a term of office of eight years starting on 1 November 2003 and ending 31 October 2011. Since late 2010 and until end of October 2011, Mr Trichet has also been Chairman of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). He was President of Sogepa (Société de Gestion des Participations Aéronautiques) (2012-2013) and Director of Airbus Group (2012-2018).
Jean-Claude Trichet was named “Person of the Year” by the Financial Times in 2007 and was one of the “Fifty faces that shaped the decade” of the Financial Times in December 2009. He was named twice “Policy maker of the year” by “the International Economy Magazine” (1991 and 2007). He was #5 of the “World most powerful” in Newsweek list and #5 of the “Most powerful figures in finance” of Institutional Investor (2008). He was also one of the “Most influential people in the world” in Time Magazine (2011).
He has received the “Zerilli Marimo” prize from the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques (1999), the international “Pico della Mirandola” prize (2002), the “Prix franco-allemand de la Culture/Deutsch-Französischer Kulturpreis” (2006) and the “Ludwig Erhard Memorial Coin in Gold” (2007). He was also named “Central Banker of the Year” by The Banker (2008), “European Banker of the Year 2007” by The Group of 20+1 (2008), and “Central Bank Governor of the Year 2008” by Euromoney. He was awarded the 2011 International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for his contribution to European unity and received the 2011 Global Economy Prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He received the “Collier du mérite européen” in Luxemburg (2013), the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) “Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Policy” – Washington (2014), the Prize for outstanding achievements of the “Monetärer Workshop”, Frankfurt (2016) and the America Award of the “Fondazione Italia USA” (Roma, 2022).
Born in Lyon, Jean-Claude Trichet is an honorary Inspecteur général des Finances and Ingénieur civil des Mines. He is a graduate of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Nancy, of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, of the Université de Paris (in economics) and of the Ecole nationale d’administration. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Liège, Stirling, Montréal, Tel Aviv, Bologna and Sofia. Jean-Claude Trichet is a Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur and a Commander of the National Orders of Merit in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal, Côte d’Ivoire and Ecuador. He has received the Commander’s Cross with star of the Order of Merit (Poland), the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau (the Netherlands), the Grand Cordon of the order of the Rising Sun (Japan), and the Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit (Germany).
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