New press officer appointed for the FSMA

Press release

On 1 May, Jim Lannoo will join the staff of the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA), where he will take up the position of press officer.

Jim Lannoo studied applied economics at the Catholic University of Leuven, followed by a postgraduate degree in media and information science. Working as a journalist since 1995 at the Dutch-language Belgian financial daily De Tijd, he has since 2006 been specialised in topics relating to the financial sector.

'I attach great importance to ensuring the pursuit, by the FSMA, of the external communication policy put in place within the CBFA’, declared Jean-Paul Servais, Chairman of the FSMA. ‘The FSMA is charged with very important public mandates, both as regards the supervision of financial markets, products, rules of conduct and intermediaries in charge of the distribution of financial products, and for the protection of the consumers thereof. The professional secrecy which the FSMA is bound to uphold should not prevent it from explaining – as far as possible – its policy and decisions to the media. With Jim Lannoo, the FSMA gains someone with solid journalistic experience in the areas that fall within the FSMA’s competence. His profile means that he is ideally suited to maintaining relations with the media and thereby keeping the public informed.’

Jim Lannoo, for his part, commenting on his new position, stated: ‘I am delighted to join the FSMA’s staff and to be able to contribute, drawing on my experience and knowledge of financial matters, to providing solid information on the decisions, initiatives and functioning of the new institution that is the FSMA’.