This Banker Never Heard The Word `Retreat'

It's the splashiest new headquarters that Manhattan's Avenue of the Americas has seen in some time, and its French owner plans an October inaugural bash to do Paris proud. Pumping the hands of New York's business elite at the former J. C. Penney skyscraper will be a quiet, balding Frenchman with an impish face and a formal air. For Jean-Yves Haberer, it will be a very big moment: proof that Credit Lyonnais, the sleepy, state-controlled bank he began running three years ago, has truly arrived on the world scene.

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