"The Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) elected as its new Chairman, Christian Noyer, Governor of the Bank of France. His term is for a period of three years, commencing on 7 March 2010.
Mr Noyer succeeds Guillermo Ortiz, Governor of the Bank of Mexico, who served as Chairman of the Board until the end of December 2009, when he left his post as central bank Governor.
Members of the Board of Directors expressed their sincere gratitude to Mr Ortiz for his excellent services to the Bank."
"Christian Noyer (born 6 October 1950 in Soisy-sous-Montmorency, Val-d'Oise) is a French higher civil servant, current governor of the Bank of France (since 2003), and former vice-president of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (1998–2002). In March 2010 Noyer became Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements." ~wiki
"...ppointed to the Treasury in the Ministry of the Economy and Finance in 1976, he subsequently spent two years in Brussels (1980-82) at France's permanent representation to the European Communities. Back at the Treasury, he held a range of posts dealing with both domestic issues (government cash and debt management, banking affairs, financing of industry and state-owned enterprises) and international affairs (multilateral issues, export financing). He was appointed Head of the Treasury in 1993. Other posts held include advisor to Edouard Balladur, then Minister of Finance (1986-88), and Chief of Staff for two other Ministers of Finance, Edmond Alphandéry and Jean Arthuis (1993 and 1995-97 respectively). He was appointed Vice-President of the European Central Bank in 1998 when the institution was set up in Frankfurt, and occupied this position until 2002.
His European and international experience includes several years serving on the European Monetary Committee, the position of alternate for the Minister of Finance at the OECD, the G7 and the G10, the position of alternate Governor at the IMF and World Bank, and the chairmanship of the Paris Club (1993-1997).
Since 1 November 2003, he has been Governor of the Banque de France, where he chairs the General Council. He has been reapointed in October 2009.
He is Chairman of the "Autorité de contrôle prudentiel" (ACP), the Banking Mediation Committee and the Observatory for Payment Card Security. He also chairs the supervisory boards of the Institut d'émission des départements d'Outre-Mer (IEDOM - the French overseas departments note-issuing bank) and the Institut d'émission d'Outre-Mer (IEOM - the French overseas note-issuing bank).
He is a member of the Governing Council and General Council of the European Central Bank, Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements and alternate Governor at the International Monetary Fund.
He has been awarded the honours of Officier de la Légion d'Honneur and Ordre National du Mérite in France, and has received decorations from several other countries, notably the Ordre National du Lion from Senegal and the Gran Cruz de la Ordén del Mérito Civil from Spain..."
[Note: that like Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa he got many medals and honours. :o)]