HBLF elects new president


Andrea Istenesné Solti

Andrea Istenesné Solti, chair of the board of directors of Shell Hungary, has been elected as the new president of the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum, the organization told the Budapest Business Journal.

In 2020, Istenesné Solti was named Hungary's fourth "Most Influential Female Business Leade"r by Forbes. She has been a member of the HBLF Women's Forum for 13 years, and has been a committed supporter of the Diversity Charter initiative and the HBLF Romaster program.

Outgoing President Borbála Czakó will continue to actively support the activities of HBLF as honorary president. She has been a member of the HBLF Board since almost the beginning, and as president since 2003.

The organization was set up after the change of regime at the initiative of Prince Charles of Wales. The primary goal it set out was to promote widespread acceptance of corporate social responsibility, building on the active work of its members.

"My aim is to drive value-added programs that provide effective responses to current social issues. The HBLF Romaster and Xmentor programs are important initiatives. Thought leadership and dialogue on economic and sustainability issues as important enablers. I would like to approach this with the mindset of  'we are stronger together'  actively involving our member companies and in partnering with organizations who share the vision. HBLF's social standing and recognition is very strong, our programs are attractive, and I am pleased to see our membership growing. These provide an excellent foundation on which to build," the new HBLF president said.

Zsolt Jamniczky, chairman, and Ákos Janza, board member, will continue their work in the leadership of the organization. The HBLF also elected a new treasurer in Beáta Juvancz. Teodóra Bodó is in charge of the communication activities, and András Bácsfalvi has been appointed head of the ethics working group. HBLF's HR workshop is headed by Ibolya Gothárdi. The board has also been enlarged with three new members, Judit Zolnay, András Furák, and Zsuzsa Gárdus.

HBLF's online general assembly unanimously elected Borbála Czakó - the former president of the organization - as honorary president, thanking her for decades of important work.

"As president of the HBLF, I have always been committed to promoting a set of values whose pillars should serve as a benchmark for Hungarian business leaders in the areas of humanity, social responsibility, sustainability and all the areas where we can make a positive difference to individuals, society and our environment. To quote Kennedy: 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' Today's business leader must be open-minded, socially sensitive and achieve business success without compromising values," Czakó said. 

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