Albert Goffin (16 July - 27 November 1941)

Albert Goffin
J. Van Puyenbroeck, Gouverneur
Albert Goffin
, 1942. Oil on canvas.

Following the death of Governor Janssen, Albert Goffin was appointed as governor of the National Bank by a decree dated 16 July 1941, passed by Secretary General Plisnier, in Brussels. However, the Pierlot administration in London did not recognise that appointment. In the decree-law of 27 November 1941, the government appointed G. Theunis – who was resident in the United States of America – as Janssen’s successor.

Immediately after the liberation, Goffin was obliged to tender his resignation, finally ending his career at the National Bank, which had begun at the Philippeville branch in 1907. He had also been head of the La Louvière branch for six years, subsequently becoming administrator of the local discount office from 1916 to 1922. He became administrator delegate at the Banque Liégeoise (1922) and administrator of the Banque de Bruxelles in Liège (1931). In 1934 he returned to the National Bank, this time as a director. He was placed in charge of the discount operations.

At the outbreak of World War II, Director Goffin remained in Brussels, while the other members of the board retreated to France. He was closely involved in the negotiations on the establishment of the Banque d'Émission à Bruxelles, where he became an administrative director. When Janssen died, he succeeded him as president. The Banque d'Émission was mainly responsible for handling payments between Belgium and Germany.

Following his enforced resignation in 1944, Goffin withdrew from public life. He died in 1958.

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