Societe Generale Global Transaction Banking reinforces development strategy in the UK

To strengthen its presence in the country, Societe Generale Global Transaction Banking (SG GTB) has appointed Eric Bayle as Head of Global Transaction Banking in the UK. 


Previously Head of Payments & Cash Management in the UK, Eric Bayle’s main responsibilities will be to further develop Societe Generale’s transaction banking services in the country, offering non-banking financial institutions and corporates a wide range of banking services to optimise and manage their daily financial transactions and commercial operations. Services available to a domestic and international client base in the UK include cash management and payment services, trade finance and factoring.


In addition, Merel Josseaud is appointed Head of Trade Finance in the UK. Reporting to Eric Bayle, she will be responsible for expanding Societe Generale’s trade and import/export finance offering for clients based in the UK and the Nordics, covering Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. International trade finance products such as letters of credit and international trade guarantees will be available, as well as bespoke structured solutions.

Both appointments are based in London and effective immediately.


“The UK represents an important location in our global network,” confirms Benoît Desserre, Global Head of Global Transaction Banking. “With Eric’s leadership, our aim is to further expand our local client base by combining experience, know-how and innovative capabilities with our international expertise as a major banking group.”


Active in more than 50 countries with over 20 years’ experience, SG GTB offers a wide range of commercial banking services for non-banking financial institutions and corporates, including multinational corporations as well as large- and medium-size companies, who conduct business internationally.





Eric Bayle 


Eric Bayle began his career in 1995 at Bank of America as Customer Service Officer. In 2000, Eric joined Mizuho Bank as a relationship manager responsible for a large portfolio of French CAC 40 corporates. He then joined the Societe Generale group in 2001 as a Relationship Manager responsible for local French SME’s and mid-caps and went on to become Senior Cash Management Sales Manager in 2005 in charge of American and Asian corporates implementing domestic and pan-European cash management products and solutions. In 2010, he moved to London and was appointed to his previous position as head of Payments & Cash Management.


Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Angers and a Master’s Degree in International Finance and Banking from the Faculty of Foreign Affairs at the University of Le Havre


Merel Josseaud 


Merel Josseaud began her career at Societe Generale in Amsterdam in 1989 and has held various positions in Trade Finance over the past 20 years covering a portfolio of large Dutch and international clients in Benelux, the Nordics and the UK out of Amsterdam.


Merel Josseaud studied at Hogere Economische School in Amsterdam and is a member of the Dutch Banking Association.