Irakli Gilauri was appointed as an Executive Director of BGEO on 24 October 2011 and has been re-elected by shareholders at each AGM thereafter. Mr Gilauri has served as CEO of BGEO since his appointment in 2011, and was appointed Chairman of the Bank in September 2015, having previously served as CEO of the Bank since May 2006. Mr Gilauri also serves as CEO of JSC BGEO Group, JSC BGEO Investment Group and JSC BG Financial Group. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Georgia Healthcare Group PLC and Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the following subsidiaries: JSC Georgia Healthcare Group, m2 Real Estate, Georgian Renewable Power Company and Teliani Valley. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Georgia Global Utilities and Agron Group. Before his employment with the Bank, Mr Gilauri 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. Mr Gilauri 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.
GROUP CFOMr 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 until his appointment as Deputy CEO (Finance), Head of the Internal Audit department (2000 to 2009), Manager of the Financial Monitoring, Strategy and Planning department (1999 to 2000) and Head of the Financial Analysis division (1997-1999). He received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Commerce from Tbilisi State University and received his MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business.
GROUP GENERAL COUNSELMr Namicheishvili was appointed as General Counsel of JSC BGEO Group in September 2015. He previously served as Deputy CEO (Legal) of the Bank since 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 advisor for Bank of Georgia from 2004. He received his 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 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTMs Shavgulidze was appointed as a Group Head of Business Development in April 2017. Prior to her appointment, Ms Shavgulidze served as a Group Head of Investor Relations and Funding since January 2015. Ms Shavgulidze joined the Group in 2011 and was a Supervisory Board member of the Group’s insurance and healthcare subsidiaries and served as the CEO of the healthcare services business, and later was a Supervisory Board Member of the Group’s insurance and healthcare subsidiaries (2011-2013). 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 an assignment as CFO for AstraZeneca Kazakhstan. She also co-lead the reorganisation of AstraZeneca's Central Asian business. Ms Shavgulidze received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the European School of Management in Georgia and received her MBA from Wharton Business School, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
JSC Bank of Georgia
KAKHABER (KAHA) KIKNAVELIDZE
CEO, BANK OF GEORGIA
Mr 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 October 2011, which included positions on BGEO’s Audit, Risk and Nomination Committees and he 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 stepped down from at 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, RETAIL
BANKING (EXPRESS BANKING AND BRAND OPERATIONS)
Following the split of Retail Banking into two segments in February 2017 due to significant growth in the Retail Banking business, Mr Gomarteli assumed the role of Deputy CEO responsible for Express Banking and Brand Operations. Prior to this, Mr Gomarteli had served as the sole Deputy CEO of Retail Banking since 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 (March 2007 to February 2009), Head of Business Development (March 2005 to July 2005), Head of Strategy and Planning (2004 to 2005), Head of Branch Management and Sales Coordination (2003 to 2004), Head of Branch Management and Marketing (2002 to 2003) and Head of Banking Products and Marketing (2000 to 2002). Mr Gomarteli received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University.
DEPUTY CEO, CORPORATE INVESTMENT BANKING
Mr Tsiklauri was appointed as Deputy CEO (Corporate Investment Banking) in February 2017. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr Tsiklauri served as Deputy CEO in charge of Corporate Banking at TBC Bank, a position he held since 2014. Before TBC Bank, Mr Tsiklauri served as the Vice President of the Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions team at Deutsche Bank since 2011, where he started as an associate in the Debt Capital Markets Department in 2008. Mr Tsiklauri received his MBA from London Business School.
DEPUTY CEO, MSME AND PREMIUM RETAIL BUSINESSMr Kukuladze was appointed as Deputy CEO, MSME and Premium Retail Banking in February 2017. Prior to his current role, Mr Kukuladze held the joint role of Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy CEO at Bank Republic since 2013, having previously served as the Chief Commercial Officer since 2011. Before working at Bank Republic, Societe Generale Group, Mr Kukuladze spent two years working for Silknet as Deputy CEO, in charge of commercial business. Mr Kukuladze first joined the Bank in 2006 and served as a Deputy CEO, Corporate Banking until 2009. Before first joining the Bank, Mr Kukuladze served as CEO of BCI Insurance Company, a company founded by him 1998, which later was acquired by the Group. Mr Kukuladze received his MBA from IE Business School.
DEPUTY CEO (CHIEF RISK OFFICER)
Mr Chiladze was appointed as Deputy CEO (Chief Risk Officer) in September 2013. He re-joined 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 the management consulting firm, Altergroup Ltd. Mr Chiladze had previously worked in the US at the Programme 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, OPERATIONSMr 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 BRANDINGMr Katsman was appointed as Deputy CEO (Human Resources and Branding) at the Bank in January 2016. Prior to this appointment, Mr Katsman served as Chief Branding Officer at the Bank. Before joining the Bank in 2010, in 2004-2009 Mr Katsman was a partner at Sarke, the largest communications’ group in Georgia where he held a position of the Director of Client Service and Strategy. Mr Katsman received his undergraduate degree in law from Tbilisi State University and his EMBA from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Mr Katsman also holds a PhD in jurisprudence from Tbilisi State University.
Georgia Global Utilities
CEOMr Gachechiladze was appointed CEO of Georgian Global Utilities in January 2017. He served as Deputy CEO (Corporate and Investment Banking) from February 2016 until his recent appointment. Mr Gachechiladze also served as Group CFO (2015-2016) and Deputy CEO (Investment Management) since 2013. He joined the Bank in 2009 as Deputy CEO (Corporate Banking). Prior to this, 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, Mr Gachechiladze served as a Senior Associate at Salford Equity Partners, a Senior Analyst at EBRD in Tbilisi and London, a Senior Financial Analyst at KPMG Barents in Tbilisi and as a Team Leader for the World Bank’s CERMA Project in Tbilisi. Mr Gachechiladze received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Law from Tbilisi State University and his MBA with distinction from Cornell University. He is also CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society in the United Kingdom.
Georgia Healthcare Group
CEOMr Gamkrelidze was appointed as CEO of Georgia Healthcare Group in December 2014, having previously served as Deputy CEO (Finance) at Bank of Georgia 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 Risks Insurance Department from 2002 to 2003. Mr Gamkrelidze started his career at the State Medical Insurance Company in 1998, where he worked for two years. He graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine of Tbilisi with distinctions, 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 a 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 Tbilisi State University.
CEOMr 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 the United States. He received his Bachelor degrees in agriculture product sales and marketing from Georgian National Agrarian University and holds a Master’s degree in international sales marketing from Bordeaux Business School, France.