Equity exchange operator Aquis Exchange PLC (LON:AQX) has announced the appointment of David Vaillant to the Board as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

David joined Aquis on 23 September 2019 as Non-Executive Chairman of Aquis’ French subsidiary, Aquis Exchange Europe SAS and will continue in this role alongside his directorship of the Group.

The company said that David Vaillant brings corporate and institutional banking skills to the Group, as well as significant knowledge of French financial markets and regulations. Since October 2019, David has been Global Head of Finance, Strategy and Participations at BNP Paribas Asset Management and before that, David was at BNP Paribas’ Corporate and Institutional Banking / Corporate Finance FIC division, where he was Head of Banking for EMEA.

Niki Beattie, Non-executive Chairman of Aquis, said:

“We are delighted to welcome David onto the Board today. He has already shown great leadership as Chairman of our French subsidiary and we are sure his skills and experience will be immensely valuable as the Company continues to build momentum as a leading pan-European exchange services group.”

We had reported yesterday that Canadian investment dealer Canaccord Genuity took a 5.8% position in Aquis, on behalf of discretionary clients of the firm.