Irakli Gilauri was appointed as an executive director of BGEO Group on 24 October 2011 and has been re-elected by shareholders at each AGM thereafter. Mr Gilauri has served as CEO of BGEO since 2011 and also serves as chairman of the supervisory board . He was CEO of JSC Bank of Georgia from May 2006 until the group’s restructuring in September 2015. Mr Gilauri is also chairman of the supervisory board of GHG, insurance company Aldagi and the Tree of Life Foundation and is a member of the supervisory board of the following subsidiaries: Agron Group, BNB, Galt & Taggart Holdings and m2 Real Estate. He has also recently joined the supervisory board of GGU.
Skills and experience: Before his employment with the Bank, Irakli was a banker at the EBRD’s Tbilisi and London offices for five years, where he worked on transactions involving debt and private equity investments in Georgian companies.
Education: Irakli received his undergraduate degree in Business Studies, Economics and Finance from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 1998. He was later awarded the Chevening Scholarship, granted by the British Council, to study at the Cass Business School of City University, London, where he obtained his MSc in Banking and International Finance.
Mr Kulijanishvili was appointed as Group CFO in February 2016, prior to which he served as deputy CEO (finance) of Bank of Georgia where he continues his services to this date. He has been with the bank since 1997. During his 19 years of service, Mr Kulijanishvili has held various senior positions, including head of compliance and internal control from 2009, head of the internal audit department (2000 to 2009), manager of the financial monitoring department (1999 to 2000) as well as the strategy and planning department, and head of the financial analysis division (1997 to 1999). He has an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Economic and Commerce at Tbilisi State University and an MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business.
Group General Counsel
Avto Namicheishvili was appointed as group general counsel in September 2015. He previously served as deputy CEO (legal) of JSC Bank of Georgia from July 2008, prior to which he served as the bank’s general counsel from March 2007. Before joining the bank, Mr Namicheishvili was a partner at Begiashvili & Co. Limited, a leading Georgian law firm, where he acted as external legal adviser for Bank of Georgia from 2004. He has undergraduate degrees in law and international economic relations from Tbilisi State University and a graduate degree (LLM) in international business law from Central European University, Hungary.
Group Head of Investor Relations and Funding
Before her current role, Ekaterina was a Supervisory Board Member of the Group’s insurance and healthcare subsidiaries and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of healthcare services business since May 2011. Before her employment with the Group, Ms Shavgulidze was an Associate Finance Director at AstraZeneca, UK for two years, where she worked on finance projects in Eastern Europe, including her assignment as Chief Financial Officer and co-leading the reorganization of AstraZeneca's Central Asian business. Ms Shavgulidze received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the European School of Management in Georgia and an MBA from Wharton Business School, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
JSC Bank of Georgia
Kaha Kiknavelidze was appointed as CEO of the Bank in September 2016. Immediately prior to his appointment, Mr Kiknavelidze served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of BGEO Group since 24 October 2011, which included positions on BGEO’s Audit, Risk and Nomination Committees and also served as a member of the Bank’s Supervisory Board and Audit Committee, positions he held since 2008. While serving as a Director and Supervisory Board member, he took a very active role in mentoring many of the current members of the Bank’s management team. Kaha has over 15 years of experience in the financial services including a number of roles at UBS and Troika Dialog. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Rioni Capital Partners LLP, a London-based investment management company, the role he will be stepping down from by the end of 2016. Mr Kiknavelidze received his undergraduate degree in Economics with honours from the Georgian Agrarian University in Tbilisi, Georgia, and received his MBA from Emory University.
Deputy CEO, Corporate & Investment Banking
Archil Gachechiladze was appointed as Deputy CEO, Corporate & Investment Banking in February 2016, prior to which he served as Group CFO since September 2015 and Deputy CEO Investment management since May 2013. He joined the bank in October 2009 as Deputy CEO Corporate Banking. Prior to joining Bank of Georgia, Mr. Gachechiladze served as deputy director in charge of corporate recovery at TBC Bank, Georgia, a position he took up in August 2008. From 2006 to 2008, he was an associate at Lehman Brothers Private Equity (currently Trilantic Capital Partners) in London. From 1998 to 2004, he served as a senior associate at Salford Equity Partners, senior analyst at EBRD in Tbilisi and London, senior financial analyst at KPMG Barents in Tbilisi and team leader for the World Bank’s CERMA Project in Tbilisi. He received his undergraduate degrees in economics and law from Tbilisi State University and his MBA with distinction from Cornell University. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Deputy CEO, Retail Banking
Mikheil Gomarteli was appointed as deputy CEO (retail banking) in February 2009. He has been with the bank since December 1997. During his 18 years of service with the bank, Mr Gomarteli has held various senior positions, including co-head of retail banking (from March 2007 to February 2009), head of business development (from March 2005 to July 2005), head of strategy and planning (from 2004 to 2005), head of branch management and sales coordination (from 2003 to 2004), head of branch management and marketing (from 2002 to 2003) and head of banking products and marketing (from 2000 to 2002). He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Tbilisi State University.
Deputy CEO, Chief Risk Officer
Mr Chiladze was appointed as deputy CEO (chief risk officer) in September 2013. He rejoined the bank having already served as deputy CEO (finance) from 2008 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013, Mr Chiladze was deputy CEO at the Partnership Fund, and he served as general director of BTA Bank (Georgia) from 2005 to 2011. Prior to joining BTA Bank, he was an executive member of the supervisory board of JSC Europace Insurance Company and a founding partner of management consulting firm Altergroup Ltd. Mr Chiladze had previously worked in the US at the program trading desk at Bear Stearns in New York City, prior to returning to Georgia in 2003. Mr Chiladze received a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and an undergraduate degree in physics from Tbilisi State University.
Deputy CEO, Finance
Mr Kulijanishvili was appointed as deputy CEO (finance) of Bank of Georgia in September 2015 having previously served as head of compliance and internal control from 2009. He has been with the bank since 1997. During his 18 years of service, Mr Kulijanishvili has held various senior positions, including head of the internal audit department (2000 to 2009), manager of the financial monitoring department (1999 to 2000) as well as the strategy and planning department, and head of the financial analysis division (1997 to 1999). He has an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Economic and Commerce at Tbilisi State University and an MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business.
Deputy CEO, Operations
Tornike Gogichaishvili was appointed as Deputy CEO, Operations of Bank of Georgia in January 2016. Prior to this, Tornike served as Director of operations’ department at Bank of Georgia from June 2010. Before that he served as head of international banking, coordinating the activities of the group’s Ukraine and Belarus subsidiaries. From 2006 to 2008, he served as CEO of Aldagi. Prior to joining the bank, he served as chief financial officer of UEDC PA consulting and held various managerial positions at BCI Insurance Company from 1998 to 2004. Mr Gogichaishvili graduated from the Faculty of Law at Tbilisi State University and holds an MBA from Caucasus School of Business and an executive diploma from Said Business School, Oxford.
Deputy CEO, Human Resources Management and Branding
Alexander (Sasha) Katsman was appointed as Deputy CEO of JSC Bank of Georgia in January 2016. Prior to this appointment, Sasha served as Head of Branding Department at the Bank. Before joining Bank of Georgia in 2010, in 2004- 2009 Sasha was a partner at Sarke, the largest communications’ group in Georgia where he held a position of the Director of Client Service and Strategy. Sasha received his undergraduate degree in law from Tbilisi State University and his EMBA from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Sasha also holds a PhD in jurisprudence from Tbilisi State University.
Georgia Healthcare Group
Nikoloz was appointed as CEO of Georgia Healthcare Group in December 2014, having previously served as deputy CEO (finance) at Bank of Georgia as well as group CFO since October 2012, prior to which he was CEO of Aldagi. Before joining Aldagi, Mr Gamkrelidze served as CEO of joint-stock company My Family Clinic from October 2005 to October 2007. Prior to that, he served as a consultant at Primary Healthcare Development Project (a World Bank project) and worked on the development of pharmaceutical policy and regulation in Georgia. Prior to joining Primary Healthcare Development Project, he served at BCI Insurance Company as head of the personal risk insurance department from 2002 to 2003. He graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine of Tbilisi with distinction and holds an MA in international healthcare management from the Tanaka Business School of Imperial College London.
m2 Real Estate
Mr Burdiladze was appointed as CEO of JSC m2 Real Estate in September 2015 having previously served as deputy CEO (affordable housing) of JSC Bank of Georgia from 2010. Prior to this, he served as the bank’s chief operating officer from March 2007 to June 2010 after having spent a year as CFO. Prior to joining the bank, he served as CFO of the GMT Group, a leading real estate developer and operator in Georgia. As CFO, Mr Burdiladze was responsible for the group’s capital-raising efforts and transaction structuring. He has a graduate degree in international economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an undergraduate degree in international relations from the Tbilisi State University.
Shota Kobelia was appointed as CEO of Teliani Valley in January 2010, having previously served as Chief Commercial officer in Pernod Ricard Georgia. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, Mr Kobelia worked as Head of Sales Department in several beverage businesses in USA. He received Bachelor degrees in agriculture product sales and marketing from Georgian National Agrarian University and holds a Master degree in international sales marketing from Bordeaux Business School, France.