BNP Paribas Portugal appoints a new Head of CSR and Diversity & Inclusion and a new Head of Communications

February 4, 2021

Vera Nobre Leitão assumes the Communications department and succeeds Luciana Peres who is appointed Head of Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion at BNP Paribas Portugal, areas that integrate the newly created structure of Company Engagement in Portugal.

Lisbon, 26 january, 2021 – Following the newly created department of Company Engagement in Portugal and the consequent internal restructuring, Vera Nobre Leitão is appointed as the new Head of Communications of BNP Paribas Portugal. With the leadership of Luciana Peres, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Diversity and Inclusion area becomes autonomous, as a demonstration of the Bank’s position in matters of sustainability.

“The future will definitely offer new challenges to our activity and require a clear focus on agility and a strong implementation capacity, with sustainability being our driving force. Communication is crucial to share the vision and the values of BNP Paribas, as well as its commitments towards the Society, contributing to a positive impact across all dimensions”, says Vera Nobre Leitão.

The new Head of Communications has a large experience in the field of communication, having led the communications and marketing departments of the law firm DLA Piper, Católica Global School of Law and the law firm Cuatrecasas in Portugal. She has a degree in Languages and Literature from Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, a Master’s Degree from Université Denis Diderot, having also completed an executive management program at INDEG-ISCTE and in marketing at Harvard Business School.

“Committed with a better Future”

Following the Bank’s ambition and to meet the commitments made by BNP Paribas in Portugal, notably through the signature of the Corporate Mobility Pact and the Carta Portuguesa para a Diversidade, CSR becomes an autonomous department, led by Luciana Peres. She will also take on the role of Head of Diversity and Inclusion, integrating the Human Resources ecosystem in this capacity. “We are facing a critical time at which serious and impactful action towards combating Climate change and social inequalities is everyone’s responsibility. I am confident of the collective contribution that BNP Paribas’ people in Portugal can give for a more sustainable society.”

After 18 years within BNP Paribas Personal Finance, where she held different roles as a Director in the areas of Operations, Marketing & Communications and B2C Business Line, Luciana Peres joined the Territory Support Functions and CIB in 2016 as Head of Communications and CSR. Luciana is a member of the CIB Portugal Executive Committee.

Company Engagement

Both Communications and CSR integrate the Company Engagement structure within BNP Paribas in Portugal, following the organization adopted by the Bank internationally and being one of the first countries to adopt it locally.

Led by Nicolas Barbier, who is also BNP Paribas Portugal Chief of Staff, Company Engagement´s mission is to contribute to the Bank´s positive impact in the society, by fostering collaboration between local and global teams, while engaging with employees, clients and all relevant stakeholders, towards a sustainable business model.

About BNP Paribas Portugal

Present in Portugal since 1985, BNP Paribas has about 6,000 employees, in the various Group entities established in our country, providing the full range of solutions for customers, in the exercise of their activities. It is also present in Portugal through competence centers that provide added value services to various countries where the BNP Paribas Group is present.

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