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ESBG appoints millennial to lead regulatory affairs efforts

ESBG appoints millennial to lead regulatory affairs efforts

​​​​Sebastian Stodulka heads strategic advocacy work to help locally focused savings and retail banks thrive


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BRUSSELS, 4 September 2018 – Promoting from within its advocacy team, ESBG, the European Savings and Retail Banking Group announced today that the association has promoted Sebastian Stodulka to head of its regulatory affairs team. Starting in his new role this week, he replaces Caroline Gourisse, who was recently appointed managing director of the Frankfurt-based European Banking Institute, of which ESBG is a member.

As head of regulatory affairs, his role will focus on strategic advocacy work to promote the locally focused savings and retail banking model with top decision makers, highlighting its proven value to the European economy, especially for households, SMEs and local authorities.

ESBG Managing Director Chris De Noose said: “Sebastian has proven while a senior adviser his leadership ability by rapidly mastering a diverse set of EU banking policy dossiers that deeply impact savings and retail banks in Europe, such as the Banking Union and Basel accords, and the upcoming risk-reduction measures package. He has established during his more than four years here a consistent track record that brings out the best in our colleagues within our regulatory affairs team. He also has demonstrated during that time a strong ability to collaborate with members in crucial policy areas."

Before starting his public affairs career in 2014 as an adviser at ESBG, Stodulka gained experience through short stints in EU and Austrian institutions. He was a staffer at the European Parliament for MEP Vice-President Othmar Karas as well as at the Legal Affairs Unit of the European Commission's DG DEVCO. An Austrian national, he holds a post-graduate Master of European Law (LL.M.) from the Europa-Institut, Saarland University in Germany and master's degrees from Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz, Austria, in law studies with a focus on international relations. A native of Graz, Austria, he speaks German, English, Spanish and French.

Contact: James Pieper, ESBG media relations, on +32 496 51 72 70 or


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ESBG represents the locally focused European banking sector, helping savings and retail banks in 20 European countries strengthen their unique approach that focuses on providing service to local communities and boosting SMEs. An advocate for a proportionate approach to banking rules, ESBG unites at EU level some 1,000 banks, which together employ 780,000 people driven to innovate at 56,000 outlets. ESBG members have total assets of €6.2 trillion, provide €500 billion in SME loans, and serve 150 million Europeans seeking retail banking services. ESBG members are committed to further unleash the promise of sustainable, responsible 21st century banking.