In a statement underscoring the fundamental shift in skills important to financial services firms today, the CEO of Societe General said he is spending time coding in Python. The bank has been focusing on mobile payments and banking recently. CEO pledges push in digitalization and Boursorama online bank
Societe Generale CEO Frederic Oudea Oudea speaks to Bloomberg’s Ed Robinson from the Web Summit in Lisbon. Frederic Oudea is doing everything he can to keep up with the technological changes roiling the European banking industry. The chief executive officer of Societe Generale SA has collaborated with fintech startups, backed accelerator programs to nurture innovation, and invested heavily in its French mobile-banking unit as well as in hundreds of apps. Now he’s even taken up writing software code himself. “It was important for me also to understand exactly what coding means, so I spend a few hours coding in Python, which is one of the two languages for data,” Oudea said in an interview at Web Summit 2017, a tech-industry conference in Lisbon.