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Kaha Kiknavelidze

CEO

Kaha Kiknavelidze was appointed as CEO of Bank of Georgia in September 2016, having previously 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. Mr. Kiknavelidze also served as a member of the Bank’s Supervisory Board and Audit Committee, positions he has held since 2008 and has taken a very active role over the last few years 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.iversity in Economics, specialising in Finance and Credit.

 

Mikheil Gomarteli

Deputy CEO, Retail Banking

Mr Gomarteli was appointed as Deputy CEO (Retail Banking) in February 2009. Mr Gomarteli has been with the Bank since December 1997. During his 17 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). Mr Gomarteli received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University.

 

George Chiladze

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 worked at the Partnership Fund in the capacity of Deputy CEO. Mr Chiladze 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 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.

 

Levan Kulijanishvili

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.

 

Tornike Gogichaishvili

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.

 

Alexander Katsman

Deputy CEO, HR and Brand Management

 
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.