BNP Paribas Securities Services appoints new Japan head

BNP Paribas Securities Services has appointed Takeshi Kozu as Head of Securities Services Japan, effective immediately. He replaces Laurent Guittonneau who has relocated back to Europe with BNP Paribas.

Based in Tokyo, Mr Kozu will continue to build and accelerate the growth of BNP Paribas Securities Services in Japan, leveraging the strength of the bank’s institutional banking platform. Mr Kozu reports hierarchically to Philippe Benoit, Head of Securities Services Asia Pacific, and functionally to Nicolas Pillet, General Manager of BNP Paribas, Tokyo Branch.

With more than 20 years’ experience in securities services, Mr Kozu joins BNP Paribas from Mizuho Financial Group where he was Head of Custody Client Services at Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd., a specialised custody bank within the Mizuho Group.

Philippe Benoit, Head of Securities Services, Asia-Pacific, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Takeshi to BNP Paribas. His proven track record and deep local knowledge, combined with his securities services expertise, will ensure we continue to grow our business in this important market. We have built a solid franchise in Japan, offering Japanese financial institutions a large spectrum of custody-related services, combined with high touch local client service.”