I'm several miles from Luxembourg's city center and its financial
district but it's quickly obvious why Banque Internationale A
Luxembourg is here: land. Built in 1988 I don't think the bank
could have obtained the permits to build this huge 8-story glass
complex in the city center. Over 1,400 employees work here
Large sculptures dot the grounds and it's part of an exhibition
of works by Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming. Entering the building
one encounters four receptionists wearing matching white uniforms
and name tags. I had sent my letter of introduction a month ago
to Jean Krier, Chairman-Executive Board. I'm quickly informed
he left the company three years ago. Not to matter though as
Francois Moes, Executive Vice President and member of the management
board agrees to meet with me.
Two years ago BIL became a member of the pan-European Dexia group
created through the alliance between Credit Communal de Belgique,
BIL's majority shareholder, and Credit local de France. Dexia
is one of the 25 largest financial groups in the European Union.
There's parking for
600 cars and the slots are assigned according to seniority or
if you're willing to cough up money for a spot. Quite a bit of
art line the hallways and it's primarily modern and done by local
Smoking is allowed
in offices and the cafeteria food is "very good" according
to Moes. The fitness center contains treadmills, six stationary
bikes and rowing machines. I do get to see the boardroom and
the oval-shaped table seating 40 but can't see CEO Andre Roelants'
office because "he's in a meeting". The bank has an
Internet site and employee perks includes free checking and special
rates on loans.