DEFINITION of 'Philippe Citerne'
A former co-CEO of Société Générale (SocGen), a major French bank. He shared the position with president Daniel Bouton. Citerne began his career in 1972 with the French national statistical bureau. He continued working for the French government in different roles until he joined Société Générale in 1979 as an economic researcher. He became co-CEO in 1997.
BREAKING DOWN 'Philippe Citerne'
Citerne was born in 1949 and holds degrees in economics and mathematics from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, a highly respected French science and engineering school. He has also served as non-executive Deputy Chairman of Accor SA, a major European hotel-management company.