EuropeanIssuers appoints Florence Bindelle as new Secretary General

EuropeanIssuers announces that, following the intention of the current Secretary General Susannah Haan to pursue other career opportunities, Florence Bindelle has been appointed to take over from Susannah as the Secretary General with effect from 1 November.

Florence Bindelle has been responsible for the management of the daily activities of FERMA, the Federation of European Risk Management Associations, including relations with the European Commission and other European organisations, communication and the organisation of events. She joined FERMA in 1999 after working in the Brussels office of Mapfre Re on liability portfolio management and treaty analysis. Florence has a degree in law, an executive MBA and a post-graduate degree in law and economics. She also holds a certificate in risk management. She speaks fluent French, Spanish and English and good Dutch. 

Florence Bindelle said: “After 16 years at the Federation of European Risk Managers Associations, I am really excited to join EuropeanIssuers and work with a great team on matters which I believe will be essential for our members at the European level.”

Susannah joined EuropeanIssuers in April 2010 and has led the association through the post financial crisis legislative agenda. She was instrumental in putting together the IPO Task Force with FESE and EVCA, which published its report in March 2015 as input into the debate on Capital Markets Union, and in setting up the EU Small & Mid-Cap Awards with DG GROW and FESE. She succeeded in gaining wider recognition from EU policymakers and market participants for EuropeanIssuers as a key interlocutor on financial markets regulation and corporate governance and in promoting the importance of quoted companies as key end users of capital markets. 

Luc Vansteenkiste, the chairman of EuropeanIssuers said: “I would like to thank Susannah for all the time and effort she has devoted to making EuropeanIssuers a well-respected and reliable organisation defending the interests of all quoted companies in Europe. We are all very grateful for her contribution over more than 5 years in making EuropeanIssuers the reference point for European policymakers with regard to the analysis of existing and upcoming legislation, proposing the best global and European steps to be taken, while also aiming to improve and simplify EU regulation. I wish her very well in the future.

I would also like to welcome Florence Bindelle, who has a proven track record, having been Executive Director of FERMA over the last 16 years. I am looking forward to work with her on the expansion of EuropeanIssuers over the years to come.”

Susannah Haan said: “After 5 1/2 years at EuropeanIssuers and with the publication of the IPO Task Force Report earlier this year, I believe that now is a good time to hand over. I have enjoyed leading the organisation and working with our members from all over Europe. I believe that we have made good progress in getting our voice heard in the debates on capital markets, jobs and growth. I wish Florence and EuropeanIssuers every success in the future.”

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A photograph of Florence Bindelle or Luc Vansteenkiste can be emailed on request.  

About EuropeanIssuers

EuropeanIssuers is a pan-European organisation representing the interests of publicly quoted companies across Europe to the EU Institutions. As at 31 December 2014, there were 13 225 such companies on both the main regulated markets and the alternative exchange-regulated markets. Our members include both national associations and companies from all sectors, covering markets worth € 7.2 billion market capitalisation with approximately 8000 companies.

We aim to ensure that EU policy creates an environment in which companies can raise capital through the public markets and can deliver growth over the longer-term. We seek capital markets that serve the interests of their end users, including issuers. For more information, please visit


Susannah Haan, Secretary General
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