Benoît Desserre has been appointed global head of global transaction banking (GTB) and deputy head of transaction and payment services (GTPS) at Société Générale, replacing Christian Berhaghel, who has retired.

In his new role, Desserre will continue SocGen’s GTB development. He will directly oversee corporate cash management, cash clearing/correspondent banking, trade finance and factoring, with the support of the bank’s international network. He will report to Pascal Augé, head of GTPS.

Desserre joined the Société Générale group in 1989. In 1991, he moved to New York and then Dallas as senior relationship manager for large US corporates, before returning to Paris in 1995 to join and promote the international commodity finance department. He then took on the role of director of commodities and trade finance in Australia.

In late 2003, he joined the French retail banking branch and in 2013, joined GTB as head of payments and cash management. He is replaced in that position by Aurélien Viry.

Viry has been at SocGen since 1990. Since 2011, he was a member of the management committee in charge of risk at Komercni Banka, the bank’s subsidiary in the Czech Republic.