Jean-Laurent Bonnafé graduated in Engineering from leading French higher education establishment École Polytechnique and the École des Mines.
Jean-Laurent Bonnafé joined the French civil service, working first as a Senior Officer in the French Ministry of Industry and subsequently as Technical Advisor to the Minister of Trade and Industry. In 1993, he joined BNP as a Senior Investment Banker. In 1997, he was appointed Head of Strategy and Development. Following the BNP merger with Paribas in the year 2000, he led the post-merger integration process. In 2002, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé was appointed Head of the BNP Paribas Group’s French Retail Banking division, becoming a member of the Group Executive Committee. In 2006, when BNL was merged into the BNP Paribas Group, he was appointed BNL Managing Director. In 2008, he became BNP Paribas Chief Operating Officer and assumed responsibility for the Retail Banking activities of the entire Group. On 14 May 2009, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Bank, remaining in this post until 1 February 2011 with a primary mission to ensure the smooth integration of Fortis Retail Banking activities into the Group. On 1 December 2011, the Board of Directors appointed Jean-Laurent Bonnafé Group Chief Executive Officer.
Conscious of rising inequalities, the surge of turmoil linked to the climate and biodiversity, and the risks they generate for the economy and society as a whole, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé wanted at an early stage BNP Paribas to adopt a framework – the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals – and an organization to mobilize the bank on these issues. In 2017, he created the Company Engagement Department whose mission is to conduct this evolution. Convinced that the ecological transition is at the heart of the economy’s transformation, he inscribed it in the company purpose, and is piloting the integration of environmental and social criteria in the operational processes and decisions of the bank. Since 2019, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé is also president of the Association Française des Entreprises pour l’Environnement, EPE.