BNP Paribas appoints North American legal chief

BNP Paribas has appointed a new general counsel for North America.

Betty Whelchel joins BNP Paribas following spells as global counsel at Deutsche Asset Management and a period at Shearman & Sterling in Tokyo.

Whelchel will report to Hubert de Vauplane, global head of corporate and investment banking legal, and Everett Schenk, CEO of corporate and investment banking.

Schenk explained that the appointment of Whelchel is part of “a significant growth in all functions but especially in the legal area given the increasing complexity of product offering”.