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Our Governance

Board of Directors

 

Neil Janin

Non-Executive Chairman

Neil Janin was appointed Non-Executive Chairman on 24 October 2011 and has been re-elected by shareholders at each AGM thereafter. Mr Janin serves as Chairman of BGEO’s Nomination Committee as well as a member of BGEO’s Remuneration Committee. Mr Janin also serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Bank, having stepped down as Chairman in July 2015, a position he had held since 2010. Mr Janin continues to serve as a member of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee, a position he has held since 2010. Mr Janin also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Georgia Healthcare Group PLC and a member of the Supervisory Board of JSC Georgia Healthcare Group.


Skills and experience:
Mr Janin serves as counsel to CEOs of both for-profit and non-profit organisations and continues to provide consulting services to McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining the Bank in 2010, Mr Janin was a Director of McKinsey & Company, based in its Paris office, for over 27 years, from 1982 until his retirement. At McKinsey & Company, he conducted engagements in the retail, asset management and corporate banking sectors, and was actively involved in every aspect of organizational practice, including design, leadership, governance, performance enhancement and transformation. In 2009, while serving as a member of the French Institute of Directors, Mr Janin authored a position paper on the responsibilities of the board of directors with regard to the design and implementation of a company’s strategy. Before joining McKinsey & Company, Mr Janin worked for Chase Manhattan Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) in New York and Paris, and Procter & Gamble in Toronto. Mr Janin has practised in Europe, Asia and North America. Mr Janin is also a Director of Neil Janin Limited, a company through which he provides consulting services.

Education: 
Mr Janin holds an MBA from York University, Toronto, and a joint honours degree in Economics and Accounting from McGill University, Montreal.


Irakli Gilauri

BGEO Group PLC and JSC BGEO Group CEO

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.

Skills and experience:

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.

Education:

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.


David Morrison

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

David Morrison was appointed as the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of BGEO on 24 October 2011 and has been re-elected by shareholders at each AGM thereafter. Mr Morrison assumed the role of Chairman of BGEO’s Audit Committee in December 2013, prior to which he served as a member of the Committee. Mr Morrison is also a member of BGEO’s Remuneration and Nomination Committees, and serves on the Bank’s Supervisory Board and as a member of the Bank’s Audit and Remuneration Committees, positions he has held since 2010. Mr Morrison is also a Non-Executive Director of Georgia Healthcare Group plc and a member of the Supervisory Board of JSC Georgia Healthcare Group.


Skills and experience:
Mr Morrison is a member of the New York bar and worked for 28 years at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP until he withdrew from the firm in 2007 to pursue his other interests. At Sullivan & Cromwell, he served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Continental European offices. His practice focused on advising public companies in a transactional context, from capital raisings and IPOs to mergers and acquisitions. Key clients included investment banks and a wide range of commercial and industrial companies. He advised on a number of the largest privatizations in Europe, and was advisor to Germany’s development bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) for over 20 years (serving on the Board of Directors of KfW’s finance subsidiary). Mr Morrison is the author of several publications on securities law-related topics, and has been recognised as a leading lawyer in Germany and France.

In 2008, Mr Morrison turned his attention to financing for nature protection. He became the Founding CEO of the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), a charitable trust fund dedicated to nature conservation in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. He resigned as CEO in March of 2016 and now serves on its Board of Directors. In 2015, Mr. Morrison helped to create a new conservation trust fund for the Balkans, known as Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT). He now serves as PONT’s CEO on an interim basis.

Education: 
Mr Morrison received his undergraduate degree from Yale College, received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Frankfurt.


Alasdair (Al) Breach

Independent Non-Executive Director

Al Breach was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of BGEO Group on 24 October 2011 and has been re-elected by shareholders at each AGM thereafter. Mr Breach serves as Chairman of BGEO Group’s Remuneration Committee and serves as a member of BGEO Group’s Nomination Committee and Risk Committee. Mr Breach also serves as a member of the Bank’s Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee, positions he has held since 2010, and has also been appointed to the Bank’s Risk Committee. 


Skills and experience:
In 2013, Mr Breach founded co-Gemsstock Ltd., a UK FCA-regulated fund manager, where he also serves as an Executive Director. In 2010, Mr Breach founded Furka Advisors AG, a Swiss-based asset management firm and served as an Executive Director until founding Gemsstock Ltd. Gemsstock Ltd. manages the Gemsstock Fund, which was previously called the Gemsstock Growth Fund and managed by Mr Breach at Furka Advisors AG. His previous career was in research in investment banks, principally in Russia. In January 2003, Mr Breach joined Brunswick UBS (later UBS Russia) as Chief Economist, and later was appointed Head of Research and Managing Director until October 2007. From 1998 to 2002, Mr Breach was a Russia and FSU (Former Soviet Union) economist at Goldman Sachs, based in Moscow. Mr Breach is also the co-founder of The Browser.com, a web-based curator of current affairs writing, established in 2008. Mr Breach serves as a Director of Gemsstock Ltd., the Gemsstock Fund, The Browser and Furka Holdings AG, all of which are private entities. He is also an advisor to East Capital.

Education:
Mr Breach obtained an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Edinburgh University.


Kim Bradley

Independent Non-Executive Director

Kim Bradley was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of BGEO on 19 December 2013 and has been re-elected by shareholders at each AGM thereafter. Mr Bradley serves as Chairman of the BGEO Risk Committee and a member of BGEO’s Audit and Nomination Committees. Mr Bradley was also appointed to the Bank’s Supervisory Board in December 2013 and serves as Chairman of the Bank’s Risk Committee and as a member the Bank’s Audit Committee. 


Skills and experience:
Mr Bradley retired from Goldman Sachs in early 2013, following 15 years as a professional in the Real Estate Principal Investments and Realty Management divisions, where he focused on investment in both European real estate and distressed debt. In addition to his investment activities, Mr Bradley led Goldman’s asset management affiliates in France, Italy and Germany, where he was involved in financial and tax audits as well as management of internal audit activities. He has also served as President of Societa Gestione Crediti, a member of the Board of Directors of Capitalia Service Joint Venture in Italy and Chairman of the Shareholders Board at Archon Capital Bank Deutschland in Germany. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he served as a Senior Executive at GE Capital for seven years in both the United States and Europe, where his activities included real estate workouts and restructuring, as well as acquisitions. Prior to GE Capital, Mr Bradley held senior executive positions at Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now part of JP Morgan) and Dollar Dry Dock Bank. He has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer and as a consultant with the US Agency for International Development in Cameroon. Mr Bradley serves as a director of a mental health charity. 

Education: 
Mr Bradley holds an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International Affairs and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Arizona.


Tamaz Georgadze

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tamaz Georgadze was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of BGEO Group on 19 December 2013 and has been re-elected by shareholders at each AGM thereafter. Mr Georgadze serves as a member of BGEO’s Risk and Nomination Committees and was appointed as a member of BGEO’s Audit Committee in September 2016. Mr Georgadze was also appointed to the Bank’s Supervisory Board in December 2013 and serves as a member of the Bank’s Risk Committee and Audit Committee. 


Skills and experience:
In 2013, Mr Georgadze founded Raisin GmbH (formerly SavingsGlobal GmbH) a company which launched the first global deposit intermediation in Europe and he continues to serve as its Executive Director. Prior to founding this company, Mr Georgadze had a 10-year career at McKinsey & Company in Berlin, where he served as a Partner from 2009 to 2013. At McKinsey & Company, he conducted engagements with banks in Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Georgia and Vietnam, focusing on strategy, risk identification and management, deposit and investment products, operations and sales. Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Mr Georgadze worked as an aide to the President of Georgia in the Foreign Relations Department from 1994 to 1995. Save for his role at Raisin GmbH, Mr Georgadze does not hold any other directorships.

Education:
Mr Georgadze holds two PhDs, one in Economics from Tbilisi State University and the other in Agricultural Economics from JustusLiebig University Gießen, Germany. Mr Georgadze also studied Law at Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen and graduated with honours.



Hanna Loikkanen

Independent Non-Executive Director

Hanna Loikkanen was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of BGEO by the Board in June 2015 and was elected by shareholders at the 2016 AGM and re-elected at the 2017 AGM. Ms Loikkanen is also a member of BGEO’s Nomination Committee as well as the Risk Committee, and was appointed to BGEO’s Audit Committee in March 2016. Ms Loikkanen was also appointed to the Bank’s Supervisory Board in August 2015. Ms Loikkanen previously served as a Non-Executive Director of BGEO from 2011 until 2013 and as a member of the Bank’s Supervisory Board from 2010 until 2013.

Skills and experience:

Ms Loikkanen has over 20 years of experience working with financial institutions in Russia and Eastern Europe. She currently serves as an advisor to East Capital Private Equity AB. Until June 2016, she also served as a Non-Executive Director of AKI Bank in Tatarstan. Prior to this, she served from 2010 until 2012 as the Chief Representative and Head of the Private Equity team at East Capital, a Swedish asset management company in Moscow, with a special focus on financial institutions. Prior to joining East Capital, Ms Loikkanen held the position of Country Manager and Chief Executive Officer at FIM Group in Russia, a Finnish investment bank, where she was responsible for setting up and running FIM Group’s brokerage and corporate finance operations in Russia. During her tenure at FIM Group, the company advised several large foreign companies in their M&A activities in Russia. Earlier in her career, Ms Loikkanen worked for Nordea Finance in various management positions in Poland, the Baltic States and Scandinavia with a focus on business development, strategy and business integration; for SEB in Moscow where she was responsible for the restructuring of SEB’s debt capital market operations in Russia; and for MeritaNordbanken in St Petersburg where she focused on trade finance and correspondent banking.

In addition to her directorships at BGEO Group and the Bank, Ms Loikkanen serves as a Non-Executive Director and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Locko Bank, an SME-focused Russian bank and as a Non-Executive Director of Locko Invest, Locko Bank’s investment banking subsidiary. Since 2014, she has acted as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of T&B Capital, an independent regulated wealth management company based in Helsinki. In 2017 she was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director of PJSC Rosbank, a universal bank listed on the Moscow Exchange and part of the Societe General Group.

Education:

Ms Loikkanen holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics, and was a Helsinki School of Economics scholar at the University of New South Wales.



Jonathan Muir

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Muir was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director to BGEO Board of Directors in June 2017 after previously serving as an advisor to BGEO's Board since December 2016. Jonathan is the member of the Group's Nomination and Audit Committees. Mr. Muir was appointed to the Bank's Supervisory Board in August 2017.

Skills and experience:

Mr Muir has over 30 years’ experience working as a professional in accounting and finance. He is an executive director (CEO) of LetterOne Holdings SA and is CEO of LetterOne Investment Holdings. LetterOne is an international investment business consisting of two groups which target investments in the healthcare, energy, telecoms and technology, and retail sectors. Prior to joining LetterOne, Mr Muir was CFO (2008-2013) and Vice President of Finance and Control (2003-2008) of TNK-BP, which he joined after serving as CFO of SIDANCO, one of TNK-BP’s heritage companies. Prior to this, he was a partner at the global audit and consulting company Ernst & Young (1985-2000). 

Education:

Mr Muir graduated with first class honours from St. Andrews University in the UK. He is a British qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.