- Jun 14, 2017
Alior Bank’s Supervisory Board Appoints New Management Board Members
Alior Bank announces that the Supervisory Board has appointed new members of the Bank’s Management Board on 14 June 2017 and delegated Mr Michał Jan Chyczewski to lead the Management Board until such time that the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) approves him as President of the Bank’s Management Board.
The new Management Board includes three promotions within the organisation and two members from outside Alior Bank. The Management Board is composed of the following:
Michał Jan Chyczewski – Vice President,
Filip Gorczyca – Vice President,
Urszula Krzyżanowska-Piękoś – Vice President,
Katarzyna Sułkowska – Vice President,
Celina Waleśkiewicz – Vice President.
The Management Board has been appointed for a joint, fourth, three-year term starting on 29 June 2017.
“I wish to thank the outgoing members of the Management Board for 10 years of efforts in the establishment and development of Alior Bank and for their contribution to its leading position in the Polish banking industry. I congratulate the newly appointed Management Board Members. My special congratulations go to the long-time members of the Bank’s top management, Ms Urszula Krzyżanowska-Piękoś and Ms Celina Waleśkiewicz, on their promotion. I trust that I leave Alior Bank in good hands, and that the new Management Board will ensure successful implementation of the strategy and continued development of the bank,” said Wojciech Sobieraj, President of Alior Bank.
“On behalf of the incoming Management Board of Alior Bank, I wish to thank the Supervisory Board for their trust. The Management Board will continue to implement the bank’s new strategy of a “Digital Disruptor.” The bank will remain a growing institution which builds its competitive advantage on technological innovation,” said Michał Chyczewski, Vice President of Alior Bank.
The combination of the qualifications of the new Management Board Members and the internal promotion of managers who have led and actively participated in the Bank’s major projects ensures further pursuit of Alior Bank’s directions. The new management is determined to continue building the Bank’s strong position in the Polish banking industry and implementing the Bank’s strategy of a “Digital Disruptor.”
The new Management Board Members have extensive expertise and experience in their fields. Mr Michał Jan Chyczewski has been an M&A consultant with EY and worked closely with PZU, among other things in the acquisition of Bank Pekao SA. Alior Bank’s future President has extensive experience in the management of technology companies, gained during his service at the fund MCI as a Partner. The combination of his extensive experience in finance and in the high-tech sector ensures efficient implementation of the Bank’s strategy. Ms Celina Waleśkiewicz has been responsible among other things for the integration of a spun off part of Bank BPH. Ms Waleśkiewicz’s promotion guarantees efficient implementation of post-merger synergies. With the contribution of Ms Urszula Krzyżanowska-Piękoś, Alior Bank has efficiently developed its business and achieved dynamic growth of sales. Ms Krzyżanowska-Piękoś’s experience confirms that Alior Bank will continue to grow its organic business dynamically. Mr Filip Gorczyca is a well-established financier. He has worked for close to 15 years with PwC as a consultant supporting financial institutions in their financial projects, which will ensure effective management of the Bank’s balance sheet among other things. Mr Katarzyna Sułkowska is a leading risk expert in Poland. She will ensure continuation of effective management of the Bank’s risks.
The CVs of the new Management Board Members of Alior Bank follow:
Michał Jan Chyczewski was, before his appointment to the Management Board of Alior Bank, responsible for EY’s Polish financial institution transactional consulting practice. Previously with Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (Managing Director), PKO Bank Polski S.A. (First Vice President of Kredobank, Ukraine), Bank BPH S.A. (Senior Economist), and the investment group MCI (Vice President of Private Equity Managers S.A., Board Member of MCI Capital TFI S.A., Board Member of Invia AS, Czech Republic). He started his professional career at the Warsaw office of Andersen in 2002. In 2007-2009, he served as an Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Treasury responsible for the financial institutions sector, and in 2015-2016, as Poland’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He holds a degree from HSG St. Gallen (International Executive MBA), an M&A programme for managers at the Harvard Business School, and a programme in Quantitative Methods and IT Systems at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Filip Gorczyca is Investment Director of Medicover Group since 2016, responsible for the initial public offering and listing on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in May 2017. In 2004-2016, he was with the international consultancy PwC as Deputy Director for CEE Capital Markets and Financial Reporting since 2011. He was also responsible for audits of financial statements, as well as financial reporting advisory services. He is a certified auditor and holds ACCA certification. He completed a programme for managers at the Harvard Business School and a programme in Finance and Banking at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Urszula Krzyżanowska – Piękoś has been with Alior Bank since 2008. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in managerial positions in the banking industry, most recently as Managing Director of the Sales Department. She joined Alior Bank as Macroregion Director responsible for individual and business clients in the Mazowieckie Region, where she created the sales organisation. She later served as Director of the Sales Department, leading strategic projects of the Bank including the implementation of an innovative sales network management system based on geolocation models; the creation of the sales network management organisation in the business segment; the implementation of unique solutions supporting sales of banking products using mobile applications. She led the Bank’s merger projects and was responsible for effective implementation of the strategy, restructuring and reorganisation in her areas of responsibility. Before joining Alior Bank, she worked with Bank BPH, and she had started her banking career at Bank Pekao SA; she was responsible for sales management in both these organisations. She holds a degree from the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University of Lublin. She completed a number of post-graduate programmes in business including programmes at the University of Warsaw, the Warsaw University of Technology, the State Academy of Science, as well as Harvard Business Review programmes. She holds an MBA from the School of Business, National Louis University, Chicago USA.
Katarzyna Sułkowska has been Vice President of the Management Board since December 2011. From January 2008 to November 2011, she led Alior Bank’s Credit Risk Area. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development of the credit policy, the product and methodology framework, the design and implementation of credit analysis, monitoring and debt collection. In 2002-2007, she was Managing Director of Bank BPH’s Retail Debt Collection Department, responsible among other things for the merger of two debt collection organisations of the banks BPH and PBK, the implementation of a new process-based approach and an IT system supporting the process. She was also responsible for one of the first sales of debt portfolios. In 1998-2001, she was Head of Unit at Citibank Polska’s Debt Collection Department. She started her professional career in the Information, Analysis and Training Department of the Regional Court of Auditors in Kraków. She holds a degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Economics in Kraków (1997). She has completed a number of training programmes, both in Poland and internationally, and participated in conferences on debt collection and loan administration.
Celina Waleśkiewicz is General Director of Alior Bank’s Mergers & Electronic Channels Line since January 2016, responsible for the implementation of new online and mobile banking and for the Online Sales Department and the Mergers Department.
She has worked in the financial sector from the beginning of her professional career and has more than 20 years of experience in banking. She has extensive managerial experience in the design and development of banking services, management of sales and operations, gained among others at Alior Bank, which she joined in 2007.
Celina Waleśkiewicz was responsible for the merger of Alior Bank and a spun-off part of Bank BPH and with Meritum Bank. She supervised the implementation of the partnership with T-Mobile, and was Director of the T-Mobile Banking Services branch. In 2012-2013, she was Director of Alior Bank’s New Banking Area, managing a team of 500. She was responsible among other things for the award winning Alior Sync project, Poland’s first fully virtual bank.
From 2008 to 2012, she was Director of the Electronic Banking Area. She managed a team of 300 and was responsible for the development of online and mobile banking, Alior Bank’s call centre and CRM, as well as the implementation and monitoring of multi-channel sales campaigns. At the phase of Alior Bank’s inception, she was responsible for the development of the business requirements and the implementation of integrated sales and customer service channels. She participated in the development and implementation of many of Alior Bank’s innovative projects.
In 2002-2007, she was with Bank BPH S.A. As Director of the e-Banking Department, she supervised the distribution of products and services online and through the call centre, the implementation of sales support tools in electronic channels, and customer communications management in the multi-channel environment. Previously, as Director of the Alternative Sales Department, she was responsible for sales alliances, loyalty and co-branding programmes, the implementation of new multi-channel solutions for retail clients and the new online banking system. As Director of the e-Bank Department, she was responsible for the development of online banking and improvement of its functionalities.
In 2000-2002, she was Deputy Director of the Bank Card Centre of Powszechny Bank Kredytowy. She was responsible for product development and implementation and for the organisation of card processes. She was Director of the Cards & Cheques Department with Bank Austria Creditanstalt Poland SA, responsible for card operations, the development and implementation of regulations and procedures, new products, and co-operation with payment organisations. She started her professional career with PolCard SA, where she served from 1993 to 1998.
Celina Waleśkiewicz holds a degree from the Department of Mathematics of the University of Warsaw. She has also completed the Executive MBA programme of the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and the Warsaw School of Economics.