Balázs Vinnai joins Hungarian Bankholding

Appointments

An internationally recognized expert in digital banking, Balázs Vinnai will join the team of Hungarian Bankholding Ltd. as chief advisor to the chairman and member of the executive body on July 15.

Vinnai will be responsible for managing the digital transformation of Budapest Bank, MKB Bank and Takarékbank. His main focus will be on creating digital channels that provide a novel customer experience, finding business opportunities provided by technology, and strengthening the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment.

Hungarian Bankholding Ltd. announced its five-year strategy for the merger of Budapest Bank, MKB Bank and Takarékbank in March 2021. The key element of the strategy is for the emerging large bank to become the most modern financial service provider of Hungary.

As one of the most successful Hungarian startup entrepreneurs, Vinna became known as the founder of IND Group, which focuses on digital banking products and web applications. After 16 years of growth, the company was acquired in 2014 by London-based Misys. He continued his career as vice president of Digital Channels of the fintech-focused multinational company, and later as digital manager and global vice president of its successor company, Finastra. The expert is also the founder of BnL Growth Partners, a private equity and smart money consulting firm also operating in the fintech sector, and Codecool, a leading programming school in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2018, he has been an investor and chairman of W.UP, a financial software developer and digital banking sales company. Since 2020, he also holds the position of chairman of the board of the IVSZ - Alliance for the Digital Economy.

“Through the Hungarian Bankholding, it is possible to build a digital success story unique not only in Hungary, but also in the region. Building on my international experience in the digital banking sector, I can significantly help the most talented technology and business professionals of today and tomorrow, to achieve this inspiring goal,” said Vinnai.

“With his innovative and international professional experience, dr. Balázs Vinnai will be a key member of the executive body of the banking group, which shall commence its transformation and business tasks of the coming years with an even stronger view. His arrival is a confirmation that the direction set in our strategy is the right one, while it is also a serious opportunity to achieve our vision,” said Zsolt Barna, chairman of the board of the Hungarian Bankholding.

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