Board of Directors
The Board of Directors ensures that the bank has a solid governance system and that the institution’s operations comply with the relevant applicable regulations. The Board of Directors implements the policies and strategies of the bank in connection with the business plan, risk management and annual budget. It takes the necessary and adequate measures for ensuring the integrity of the financial and accounting system of the bank, the existence of the appropriate systems of audit especially with regard to risk management, operational and financial system of the bank, as well as ensuring compliance with the law and best practices in the banking system.
Board of Directors
Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Actual mandate – 25.03.2019 - 25.03.2023
Mr. Péter Bese, Hungarian citizen, holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from Corvinus University of Budapest. He holds the position of Managing Director of International Retail Directorate at OTP Group Hungary, HQ and a member of the Supervisory Board at JSC OTP Bank Ukraine and also appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank Albania SHA. He has started his career as a financial consultant at a global firm and then continued his path in the banking sector. Mr. Bese’s first role at OTP Bank Plc in Budapest, began in the Retail Group Steering followed by several years of solid leadership within the Group being able to leverage on the resources of his team to further enhance and achieve desired results. Mr. Bese has gained extensive knowledge of business management practices and developed expertise in retail banking in eleven markets of the CEE region, such as Bulgaria, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Slovenia, Moldova, Albania and Russia. Mr. Bese also has several years of board experience from the Supervisory and Board of Directors of OTP Slovakia, OTP Russia and OTP Ukraine, Expressbank Bulgaria, Vojvodjanska Banka and OTP Bank Hrvatska, Zadar. He acts with integrity and always in compliance with local regulations and OTP Group Rules of Conduct.”
Vice –Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Actual mandate – 25.03.2019- 25.03.2023
Mr. Arpad Srankó, Hungarian citizen, holds a degree from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration (Corvinus University of Budapest) Faculty of Economic Sciences. Mr. Srankó started his career in the banking sector in early 2005, before the financial crisis. He has been following closely and partaking in the fundamental changes that occurred in the banking industry. Mr. Srankó also contributed to the process in which OTP Group has been transformed to a regional champion from a local incumbent bank, through a couple of acquisitions, mergers and integrations in multiple waves. His banking experience has developed through years being promoted in challenging positions. From 2016, Mr. Arpad Srankó was Head of Foreign Subsidiaries’ Strategy, Planning and Controlling Department at OTP Bank Plc and since February, 2021, He was promoted as the Managing Director of the Group Strategy, Planning and Controlling Directorate. His activities cover operation of OTP Group members in 11 countries in the CEE, SEE and CIS regions mostly in commercial banking industry. Mr. Srankó has gained invaluable knowledge on banking operations, primarily focusing on: financial performance, business activity and sales performance, product and business line profitability and cost controlling. Mr. Srankó was a member of the Supervisory Board of OTP Banka Hrvatska (Croatia) and a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit and Accounts Committee of Podgoricka Banka (Montenegro) and a member of the Board of Directors of OTP Building Society Ltd (Hungary). From March, 2019, Mr. Srankó is the vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank Albania and also chairs the Audit and Accounts Committee.
Member of the Board of Directors
Actual mandate – 15.10.2019 – 15.10.2023
Mr. Armand Duka, Albanian citizen, holds a Degree in Economy from the University of Tirana (Albania), specialized as Economist in Industry in 1986. Mr. Duka has started his career as Economist at the Mall Park of Burrel in 1986 and in 1990-1991 at the Export Mall Park of Durrës. Starting from 1993, Mr. Armand Duka is a private entrepreneur and shareholder in some well-known businesses in Albania, where he reconfirms his great management and decision-making skills. Mr. Armand Duka was elected President of the Albanian Football Association in 2002, a position he currently holds by being re-elected in 2006-2010-2014-2018. During these years as the President of Albanian Football Association, Mr. Duka was also elected as: Member of the UEFA Federations Committee (2008-2012); Vice-Chairperson of the UEFA National Federations Committee (2006-2008); Deputy Chairman of the National Team Competitions Committee (2008-2013); Deputy Chairman of National Federations Committee (2013-2016); Vice-Chairman of HatTrick Committee (2016-today); Member of the FIFA Federations Committee (2008-2012) and Member of the Confederations Cup Organizing Committee (2012-2017). Through the years, Mr. Armand Duka has been honored with several titles as: “Honorary Citizen” (1998) conferred from Municipality of Shijak and “City Honor” (2001), “Symbol of Durrës City” (2002) and “Dyrrah-3000” (2003) conferred from Municipality of Durrës City and “Durrësi” Association. In 2010, President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Bamir Topi decorated him with senior title “Naim Frashëri” of the First Class for his outstanding contribution in the management and development of the Albanian football. In 2019, Mr. Duka has received the title “Honorary Consul of Hungary” for the Republic of Albania. Since October 2019, Mr. Armand Duka is Member of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank Albania.
Dr. Tunde Soós
Member of the Board of Directors
Actual mandate – 25.03.2019 – 25.03.2023
Dr. Tunde Soós, Hungarian citizen, holds a degree at the Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of State and Law as a lawyer, then she followed her studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest where has been specialized in the economic field and she is specialized from 2014-2016 as a lawyer in the capital markets and banking law, then from 2019-2021 as a lawyer specialized in legal translation at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences. Dr. Soós has started her career at the banking sector as a junior legal counsel at OTP Bank Group in Budapest providing legal opinion and solution proposals in legal matters arising during regular operations for the real estate development. Dr. Soós is currently working as legal counsel, Head of the Retail Finance Banking Legal Unit at OTP Bank Plc and she is responsible for ensuring the legal compliance of the Bank’s and the Hungarian Group members’ General Business Terms and Conditions and of the Business Regulations related to retail customers. She is also responsible to ensure the legal compliance of individual contracts and other related legal documents concerning the domain. Having worked as part of the legal unit for years, Dr. Soós has a vast experience and knowledge on the sector. She remains consistent and possesses comprehensive experience with very high standards of professional knowledge in retail banking law. She has dealt with reputational and legal risk of the banks and other companies which are part of OTP Group. From March 2019, Dr. Tunde Soós is member of the Board of Directors of Banka OTP Albania SHA.
Dr Janos Veres
Member of the Board of Directors (March 2019 – March 2023)
Actual mandate - 25.03.2019 – 25.03.2023
Dr. János Veres, a Hungarian national, holds a Degree in Engineering from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Debrecen (Hungary) and a PhD in Economics from Karl Marx University, Budapest (Hungary). Dr. Veres has a work experience of 32 years in both the private and public sector From 1997 untill 2002, Dr. Veres was the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Trade of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County. He has been an elected member of the Hungarian National Assembly (1994 – 2014) and over the years Dr. Veres has developed his career in politics where it is worth mentioning his election as: Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance (2003-2004), Secretary of State in the Prime Minister's Office (2004-2005) and Minister of Finance (2005-2009). In his role as Minister, Dr. Veres has been in charge of the regulatory, supervisory and monitoring issues of the banking sector and other financial institutions, taxation questions of the economy, the whole budgetary field and the management of the state owned assets. He also elaborated and implemented a successful crisis management scheme in order to deal with the impacts of the 2008 financial crisis. Dr. János Veres has been elected as Mayor of his hometown, Nyírbátor (2002 – 2003) and now he continues to give his valuable contribution at the City Council of Nyírbátor. In regard to his academic career, in 2009 Dr. Veres was a Docent at the University of Debrecen and he is the author of many financial related articles, publications and lecturer of Hungarian and foreign Universities in financial and economical field. Since March 2019, Dr. Veres is member of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank Albania.
Mr. Adrian Civici
Member of the Board of Directors
Actual mandate - 06.03.2019 – 06.03.2021
Mr. Adrian Civici, an Albanian national, holds a degree and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the Agricultural University of Tirana, in Albania, with a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Agricultural University of Tirana, in Albania, and a Ph.D. in Economy from ENSA.M (National Institute of Higher Education in Agricultural Sciences of Montpellier, France). He has conducted his post doctoral studies in 1995. In 2009 Mr. Civici has received l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (The Order of Academic Palms) from the French Scientific Academy, in France, while in 2011 he obtained the scientific degree of “Professor in Economic Sciences” from the University of Tirana, Albania. Mr. Civici started his career in 1983 as an agrarian economist in an agricultural state farm. In 1984, he assumed the position of Lecturer and researcher in the Department of “Administration and organization” at the Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania. From 1992 to 1994 he held the position of Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture in Tirana. In 2001, he was appointed Adviser to the Minister of Finance and President of “Centre for Sustainable Development”, in Tirana, Albania. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Civici held the position of Director of the National Strategy for Socio-economic Development Department at the Ministry of Finance, Albania. Later on, from 2005 to 2014 he was elected Member of the Supervision Board of the National Bank of Albania. In 2007 he was appointed Rector of the European University of Tirana, Albania and in 2011 Director of the Doctoral School. Since 2014, Mr. Civici is member of the Jean Monnet Key Staff (Albania toward EU and Regional Development “ALEURD”) and during 2014 – 2019 Mr. Civici was elected President of the European University of Tirana, Albania. In 2019, Mr. Civici was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the Mediterranean University, then he was appointed Rector of this University. In 2020 he was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences of Albania with the title "Associate Academic". Mr. Adrian Civici has published numerous books, scientific articles, research papers and studies in both national and international press, as well as in international scientific journals.
Member of the Board of Directors
Actual Mandate - 06.03.2019 - 06.03.2023
Mr. Aleksandër Xhuvani, Albanian national, was firstly graduated in 1980 in Electrical Engineer field, specialized in Industrial Automatization, at the Faculty of Engineering of Tirana University (Albania), and then he graduated again as Engineer in Industrial Electronics and DEA (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) in the field of Electrical Genius at ENSEEIHT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electrotechnique, d'Electronique, d'Informatique et d'Hydraulique de Toulouse) in France. Later on, in 1989, he obtained the scientific degree of “Doctor” from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse and in 2013, he was graduated with a Master in Business Administration from Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV University, in France. Mr. Xhuvani started his scientific career in September 1985 as a researcher at LEEI (Laboratoire d’Electrotechnique et d’Electronique Industrielle) of ENSEEIHT. From November 1989 to January 1992 he assumed the position of Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering of Tirana University. From January 1992 to January 2008 he was appointed Director for International Relationships at the Polytechnic University of Tirana (UPT) and kept the position of fulltime Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Since January 2008, Mr. Aleksandër Xhuvani keeps the position of fulltime Professor at the Department of Computer Sciences, at the Faculty of Information Technology of UPT. He is a Member of the Albanian Academy of Arts and Sciences and from 1998 until 2018 he kept the position of Director of “Institut Français de Gestion de Tirana”, at Polytechnic University of Tirana (UPT). Since 2015, Mr. Xhuvani is a member of the Accreditation Board of Higher Education of the Republic of Albania and a member of the Albanian group for European reform in this field. Professor Xhuvani has been awarded, in 2002, the "Knight of Academic Palms" Medal by the French Minister of Education and, in 2014, the "Knight of the National Order of Merit" Medal by the President of the French Republic.
Member of the Board of Directors
Dr. Tibor Kovacs, Hungarian citizen, is graduated as Doctor of Laws with the highest distinction from the University of Miskolc, Hungary. Dr. Kovacs has a Master's Degree in Banking Law from the Eotvos Lorand University, Postgraduate Institute of Laws, Budapest, Hungary and a Master’s Degree in European and International Relations and Management from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Mr. Kovács has been working in the banking and legal industry since 1996 and gained valuable experience through the years. Prior to working at OTP Bank Plc., he has worked in other reputable banking group, namely, ING Bank, CIB Bank (Banca Intesa Group) and Volksbank as well as in reputable international law firms, Arthur Andersen Legal and Allen & Overy, respectively. Dr. Tibor Kovacs has joined OTP Bank in 2008 as Deputy Managing Director at the Legal Directorate. Mr. Kovács responsibilities consist in advising the bank in high-scale corporate finance, project finance and retail finance, including digital finance matters. He was involved in all bank acquisitions (leading legal due diligence and negotiating legal documentation) in the CEE region made by OTP Group since 2013. Dr. Kovacs has gained invaluable knowledge and experience as a Supervisory Board member at OTP Funds Servicing and Consulting Company Ltd. since July 2014 and member of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank Serbia (April, 2010 – April, 2021). From November, 2021, Dr. Tibor Kovacs is member of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank Albania.