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Kim-Andrée Potvin The risk-taker

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A native of Canada, Kim-Andrée has spent the last ten years building up her experience in Europe. She now holds the role of Deputy Managing Director of BNP Paribas Securities Services Luxembourg. Energetic and spontaneous by nature, her love of travel and exploring distant lands has taken her on a varied career path.

Change of continents

Even as a young child, Kim-Andrée used to say to her parents: "I'm going to live abroad". After obtaining her MBA, she decided to move to Europe and initially opted for France. She believed that if she stayed in her native Canada the focus of her career would inevitably be mainly the United States. Starting from scratch, she arrived in Paris and joined Accenture's Process Reengineering division. She then moved to BNP Paribas Insurance and was involved in auditing its subsidiaries on all continents. After this, she progressed through a variety of roles - from General Inspection at BNP Paribas, to heading the Benelux internal audit department where she set up a multidisciplinary Hub and finally BNP Paribas Securities Services Luxembourg. At each stage, she pursued her driving passion: creating!

Appetite for life

From a very early age, Kim realised that life is short and that the biggest risk was missing out on the many opportunities it brings us. She likes to quote Abraham Lincoln "It's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years". True to this philosophy, she puts all her energy into everything she does, as demonstrated by her sports achievements - she has taken part in horse-riding and figure skating at a competitive level. As a true Canadian, she started skating at 5 years old and progressed as a competitor and coach. She is enthusiastic, practical and enjoys working in varied teams that strive to innovate and exceed their objectives.

Wild encounters

A great lover of nature and wide open spaces, Kim's trips with her husband are decided according to which wild animals they would like to observe in their natural environment. So far, they have been to see tigers in India, jaguars in Brazil and leopards in South Africa. Her ideal book would be about travel and landscapes. Her idea of heaven on earth is the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania. All her travels, whether in Australia, South Korea or Namibia, have the same effect on her: they make her question things and send her home with new ideas to constantly move forward.

October 10, 2012 12:26:09 PM CEST

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