Patrice Couvègnes began his career at the Ministry of Equipment and Transport before joining the French Foreign Trade Bank in 1975. He joined Banque Indosuez in 1984 and then Crédit Agricole Indosuez for Asia-Pacific in 1996, based in Singapore and Hong Kong, and became Country Head of Crédit Agricole Indosuez in South Korea in 2000. In 2005, he became Country Head of Crédit Agricole CIB in Japan and its subsidiaries. In 2008, he was appointed CEO for Asia. Until 2017, he was CEO and Board Member of BSF, Crédit Agricole Group, since September 2011.