Franz WeilerPresident Uniqa Asigurari CEO×
Born in Salzburg, Austria, Mr Franz Weiler has over 35 years of experience in various European insurance markets. His career began in 1979 in the company Bundesländer Versicherung AG, Salzburg, as Manager for non-life insurance damages, after which he attained the position of Director for risk-taking in non-life insurance with Salzburger Landes - Versicherung AG Salzburg, in 1996. Before reaching the position of CEO with UNIQA Insurance Serbia, he worked as executive director of UNIQA Insurance in Zagreb (2005-2006), before which he also worked in Croatia as project manager for insurance program optimization in ‘UNIQA Osiguranje d.d.’ Zagreb (2004).
Starting December 2014 he was appointed CEO & CSO of Uniqa Asigurari SA. In this position he aims to continue to implement the strategic objectives of the company regarding profitability, new portfolio structure and optimization of sale activity.
Mihai BogzaVice President Bancpost Chairman of the Board of Directors×
Mr. Mihai Bogza has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bancpost since May 2005. Between 2009- 2011 he was also CEO of the Bank. Bancpost is a top 10 Romanian bank, subsidiary of Eurobank EFG Greece.
From 1998 to 2004 Mihai Bogza was Vice Governor of the National Bank of Romania, in charge with coordinating regulation, authorization and prudential supervision activities. In this capacity he was directly involved in the banking sector restructuring process conducted during the 1999-2000 period.
From the end of 1998 till June 2003 , Mr. Bogza was also Chairman of the Board of the Deposit Insurance Fund of the Banking System. Previously, he was Chairman & CEO of the Romanian EXIMBANK, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Pater Bank and General Director in the Romanian Ministry of Finance, leading the General Division for Financial Relations with International Organizations.
Mr. Bogza is also member of the Board of TransFonD, the Romanian interbank payment company, and member of the Advisory Board of the Romanian Banking Institute.
He holds a PhD in Finance from the Romanian Academy of Economic Studies.
Eric StabVice President ENGIE Romania Chairman & CEO, Country President Romania & Poland×
Eric STAB is Country Manager for Romania and Poland and Chairman and CEO of ENGIE Romania.
Eric joined the Group in 1991. He held various management positions in Germany (Gaz de France Deutschland GmbH & GASAG), France (Head of European Gas Sales) and the UK, where he was CEO of Gaz de France’s energy sales and electricity generation affiliate from 2004 until 2008 when he was appointed at the helm of GDF SUEZ’s energy activities in Eastern Europe and Chairman of its Romanian affiliate, being first based in Austria, then in Romania.
Eric is also President of the Foreign Investors Council and a member of the Steering Board of the Coalition for the Development of Romania, created at the initiative of the Prime Minister and of all major Romanian and international business organizations.
He holds a Master in Management degree from ESCP Europe in Paris and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.
Daniel AnghelBoard Member PricewaterhouseCoopers Romania Tax Partner×
A former official of the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Daniel Anghel joined PwC in 1997. Daniel Anghel leads the PricewaterhouseCoopers Romania Indirect Tax Group.
He is an expert in VAT, customs and international trade, specialising in issues related to the management of Indirect Tax risks, planning to minimise the impact of Indirect Taxes and the optimisation of cross-border operations. Earlier this year Daniel was appointed as the new Ethics and Business Conduct leader for PwC Romania.
Daniel has a Degree in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, and a Professional Certificate in Management from the Open University through the London Business School. He is a board member of the CEE/CIS Indirect Tax Executive. He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Tax Consultants.
Daniel has been seconded to The Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and The Czech Republic for 6 months to get a better understanding of where the practice / country would be heading immediately following the Romania's EU Accession.
Daniel has been working continuously for clients in a large range of industries, out of which the more representative are Automotive, Oil & Gas, Industrial Products, Telecommunication, Retail and Consumer.
He lobbied effectively to amend the Fiscal Code and the Fiscal Procedural Code and also contributed to assisting the Romanian Ministry of Finance in transposing the VAT directive into the Romanian legislation between 2006-2008. He is also constantly involved in environment-related matters both by proposing amendments to the relevant legislation (e.g. waste management) and by offering assistance to clients.
Yves CaracatzanisBoard Member Renault / Automobile Dacia President and CEO / Managing Director×
Yves Caracatzanis was born in 1964 in Marseille and earned an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris.
He began his career with Bossard Consultants and then Hewlett Packard before joining Renault in 1992 as a Logistics Organisation Project Manager.
He started working at the Renault Flins plant in 1995, where he successively managed the Manufacture Assembly Workshop, then the Paint Department beginning in 1999 and the Quality Department as from 2002 for the launch of the Clio 3.
In 2005, he was appointed SVP of Group Vehicle Prototype Engineering.
In 2008, he participated in the creation of the Group Supply Chain, and became Groupe Renault SVP of the Global Supply Chain in 2010.
In 2013, he was appointed SVP of production and Supply Chain for the Eurasia Region, based in Moscow.
Since April 2016 he is Managing Director, Groupe Renault Romania and President and CEO, AUTOMOBILE DACIA.
Liudmila ClimocBoard Member Orange Romania CEO×
With an experience of 19 years in telecommunications, Liudmila Climoc is the CEO of Orange Romania. Her mandate in Romania started on May 1st 2016, following 7 years under the same role at the company’s Moldavian subsidiary.
Liudmila joined the Group in 1998 at Voxtel (currently Orange Moldova) and held several managerial positions until 2008, when she was promoted from Chief Sales Officer to Chief Executive Officer. Under her management, Orange Moldova more than doubled its customer base to over 2.6 million customers, consolidating its leading position in the mobile market.
The experience accumulated in the previous years, offered Liudmila a significant advantage in implementing the strategy of Orange Romania on a highly competitive local market, such as Romania. Orange Romania’s leadership position on the market was reinforced due to sustained efforts to extend the network, becoming the operator with the widest 4G network in the country.
Offering the best customer experience is another core objective, therefore, starting 2016, under Liudmila’s mandate, Orange Romania launched the Orange Home service. Becoming an integrated operator, with both mobile & fixed services, was the answer to the customers’ request for simplicity, thus, covering all the communication needs, offering a complete Telco experience to the Romanians.
Liudmila is passionate about new communication technologies and a promoter of innovation and the digitalization process. The launch of the first smart city concept proof in Alba-Iulia, a project meant to bring positive impact in the local community, lies as a relevant example.
She is an experienced and active supporter of the CSR programs and philanthropy projects, both during her mandate at Orange Moldova, where she launched the Orange Moldova Foundation, and also during the current one, at Orange Romania, where she supports the Orange Romania Foundation’s activities.
Liudmila Climoc has a degree in engineering from the Technical University of Moldova and holds an Executive MBA from the Newport University USA/ProEra Moldova program between 2011– 2013.
Mariana GheorgheBoard Member OMV Petrom CEO×
CEO and President of the Executive Board of Petrom SA, Member of OMV Group, since June 2006.
Besides the functions of Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Board, Mrs. Gheorghe is responsible also for Corporate Strategy& Investor Relations, Human Resources, Legal, Corporate Affairs & Compliance, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs and Health/Safety/Environment.
Before joining Petrom, Mrs. Gheorghe has been with the EBRD in London for almost 13 years, managing a wide range of international financing transactions in SEE on various industries and working extensively with Romanian companies and Petrom.
Mrs. Gheorghe was appointed also as member of the Board of Directors of Petrom, representing EBRD as shareholder, since January 2005 until April 2006.
Between 1991 and 1993, Mrs. Gheorghe was Deputy General Manager with the Finance Ministry of Romania, in charge of International Financing Relations Directorate.
Mrs. Gheorghe has been actively involved in different associations holding different position as: President for Corporative Governance Institute (IGC); Vice-President for Foreign Investor Council (FIC) and ASPEN Institute and member of World Energy Council (WEC) and Romanian Association for the Club of Rome (ARCoR).
The collaboration with FIC started in 2007 when Mrs. Gheorghe was elected as Board Member. In following years she was appointed Vice-president.
Mrs. Gheorghe graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies and from the Law Faculty in Bucharest as well as from the Corporate Finance program from London Business School in UK.
Farrukh KhanBoard Member Deloitte Romania Partner in Charge – Assurance and Risk Services×
Farrukh is a partner at Deloitte Romania in assurance and advisory services. Starting his career in UK in 1994, he moved on to Deloitte in Singapore before moving to Central and Eastern Europe and based in Romania in late 2001.
As a practitioner working in these different geographies, from a relatively stable economy of UK at the time moving to a fast growing economies of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and then Romania during and after EU accession, gained a thorough understanding of fundamentals as well as practicalities of business environment and corporate and fiscal legislative framework of these markets. During this period, apart from provision of assurance services, he also lead special transactions such as restructuring exercises during the Asian currency crises while in Singapore to some of the largest privatization transactions in Romania.
Over these years he has served a number of multinational and national large corporations both private and public, within consumer, retail, Technology, Manufacturing, Energy as well as state institutions/companies. For the last three years, he heads the energy and resource practice of Deloitte Balkans with a cross functional team across the Deloitte offices in the region identified as Deloitte Balkans.
Gustavo Navarro has more than 35 years leadership experience in Emerging Markets, specially Central&Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. He joined CRH Romania as Managing Director in 2016, having already a background of 15 years in the construction sector in countries like Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
His professional exposure covers various industries, from electrical equipment (AEG/Telefunken) to pharmaceuticals (Merck), personal & health care (Kimberly-Clark), food packaging and processing (Tetra-Pack) and building materials (Holcim). In Serbia, Gustavo has been Board Member of FIC from 2006 to 2008 and President of the Business Leader Forum from 2008 till 2012 (first coalition of socially responsible companies in Serbia, established with the mission of stimulating the development of corporate social responsibility).
Gustavo, 55 years old, holds an MBA from Business School Lausanne in Switzerland and is a Certified Public Accountant. Argentinean born, he is also an Italian citizen. He has 2 daughters.
Matteo PatroneBoard Member EBRD Director, Regional Head of Romania and Bulgaria×
Matteo Patrone has over 20 years of experience in finance and industry. In 2008 he joined the Corporate Equity team of the EBRD where he was supervising equity transactions with a focus on Western Balkans, Poland and Russian Federation.
From 2012 to 2015 he was the Director of EBRD Resident Office in Serbia where the Bank has a portfolio of 2.4 Bn Eur.
Prior to the EBRD he was the Managing Director of the private equity arm of Finanziaria Internazionale, an Italian merchant bank, where he spent 10 years investing in a broad range of sectors.
Before that, he was a Senior Manager of Accenture Strategic Services in Milan and worked as project engineer and export sales manager in ENI and Finmeccanica groups in the UK and Italy.
He holds an MBA from Insead and an MS degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Genoa University.
He is married and has a son.
Richard PerrinBoard Member KPMG Romania Partner, Head Advisory×
Richard has been a Partner at KPMG in Romania since 2005 and is currently leading the Advisory practice. He has significant experience in audit and financial advisory services and has headed teams carrying out audit and advisory services for large multinationals, as well as small and medium-sized entities, mainly in industrial and consumer markets, construction and real estate, infrastructure, agriculture and healthcare. He is one of the 25 foreign trade counsellors for France in Romania, who are attaches to the French Embassy. Richard is well-known as the Vice President of the Board of the French - Romanian Chamber of Commerce. During his time in Romania, Richard has supported numerous foreign investors as clients and has been closely involved in promoting a business-friendly investment climate.
Veronica SavanciucBoard Member MullenLowe Group President & CEO×
One of the founding members of the local media and advertising industry, Veronica has created, together with her partners, one of the most powerful communication groups in Romania. With 24 years of existence on the market, the group includes 6 agencies – MullenLowe (advertising), Initiative (media), Golin (PR), Profero (digital), Medic One (healthcare communication) and BPN (media) – that are partially owned by Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG), one of the largest advertising holdings worldwide.
Veronica is very active in important professional and business associations such as the Foreign Investors Council (FIC), the Coalition for Romania’s Development, the International Advertising Association Romanian Chapter, the International Advertising Association (IAA), the Romanian Association of Advertising Agencies (UAPR), the Romanian Advertising Council.
At the same time, Veronica invests significant personal and professional resources to social causes such as education, healthcare and culture, being a founding or board member of different NGOs: Junior Achievement Romania, Renasterea Foundation and Hospice of Hope Romania.
She has a Master’s degree in Economics/International Trade, from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, and is a graduate of an Executive MBA program with ASEBUSS/ University of Washington.
Awarded “Most Admired Female Personality of the Decade in the Romanian Advertising Industry” by IAA and ranked among “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” by The Star Group USA, “Top 50 most influential women” by Forbes Romania, “Most powerful women in business” by Business Magazin, Veronica has played for the last 24 years a leading role in shaping and developing the Romanian communication industry.
Vasileios StavrouBoard Member Mega Image CEO×
Vassilis is the CEO of Mega Image since July 2015. Prior to that role he has served Delhaize Group (Currently Ahold Delhaize) for 23 years in different fields (supply chain, food safety, Human resources & organizational development, business development and general management) and in deferent geographies.
He holds a M.Sc on food science and Technology and on Business administration.
Founded in 1995, Mega Image is the largest supermarket chain in Romania with a network of over 530 shops in Bucharest, Constanta, Ploiesti, Brasov, Cluj, Targoviste and other cities. Currently the company employes over 10,000 associates. The banners under which Mega Image operates are: Mega Image, Shop&Go and Gusturi romanesti.
Mega Image aims to offer daily quality services, a wide range of healthy, safe and nutritious products for good value for money. Mega Image is part of Ahold Delhaize, a world-leading international food retailer that operates in three continents.
Michal SzczurekBoard Member ING Bank Romania Country Manager×
Michal Szczurek (Polish, 1971) has been Chief Executive Officer of ING Bank Romania since 2012. Michal joined ING group in 1995 as investment manager. Later he was CEO of ING Pension Fund, CFO of ING Life&Pensions in Poland. In 2004 he join ING Bank Slaski as head of retail. IN 2009 he moved to TMB, Thailand to be chief retail banking officer.
Michal holds Master of Science in Economics from University of Warsaw and Columbia University, and he has also studied Law and IT.
Ravinder TakkarBoard Member Vodafone Romania CEO×
Ravinder Takkar has been CEO of Vodafone Romania since May 2014. Previously, Mr. Takkar has been CEO Vodafone Partner Markets since January 2012, up to now. During this time, he has ensured business growth by expanding Vodafoneâs footprint with the addition of new partners which include Zain Group (Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordon, Saudi Arabia and Iraq), Plus GSM (Poland), Vodafone Brasil (Brazil), FarEasTone (Taiwan) and Vinaphone (Vietnam).
Ravinder Takkar joined Vodafone in 1994 and has held a variety of senior roles in both Vodafone Group and Vodafoneâs joint venture companies, including EBU Director and Strategy Director of Vodafone India, Group Product Development Manager for Vodafone Live, Chief Technology Officer for Vizzavi and other operating roles in Vodafone Spain and Vodafone Portugal. Mr. Takkar was a board member of Vodafone India and Indus Towers (a joint venture between Vodafone India, Airtel and Idea).
Prior to joining Vodafone, Mr. Takkar was a management consultant at DMR Group.
Ravinder Takkar, 46 years old, has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Indian born, he is also a US citizen.
Vodafone Romania is a subsidiary of Vodafone Group, one of the worldâs largest telecommunications companies which provide a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 March 2015, Vodafone had 446 million mobile customers and 12 million fixed broadband customers.