Henri de Castries is “a well-connected member of French society who also chairs the Bilderberg Group of business leaders” (Daily Telegraph). He is currently a director of HSBC, the world’s second largest bank by total assets held.
De Castries has been the chairman of the Bilderberg Group’s steering committee since 2012, having replaced Étienne Davignon in the role.
De Castries is also on the board of directors of Nestlé, one of the world’s largest companies. And he’s President of the influential French think tank, l’Institut Montaigne.
Before his move to HSBC, De Castries spent 27 years at AXA, the giant insurance and asset management company; leaving the company in 2016. For the last 17 of those years he was the company’s CEO. In 2015, AXA was named the number 1 global insurance brand by Interbrand. And the Fortune 500 listed it as the 20th biggest company in the world.