Zsolt Barna appointed CEO of Hungarian Bankholding


From January 1, Zsolt Barna will manage Hungarian Bankholding as chairman and CEO, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

In addition to managing the business activities of Budapest Bank, MKB Bank, and Takarék Group, his task will be to successfully implement the fusion and transformation of the three financial institutions.

The merger will result in an integrated, universal bank that fully serves the needs of both retail and corporate clients. The aim of the emerging superbank is to cover the full market spectrum and all customer segments in the future, with a significant emphasis on the provision of new, modern range of products and services to retail, micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, as well as agricultural customers, the group says.

The expert started his career at the National Monetary and Capital Market Supervisory Authority. From 1998 he was the Head of Department, from 2004 he was a director, and later the managing director of the Supervisory Board of Directors at the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority (PSZÁF).

He joined the OTP Group in 2010, and during his career at the group he managed OTP Ingatlan Befektetési AlapkezelŇĎ, and from September 2018 to July 2020 he was the deputy CEO of OTP Bank. He also gained international experience during this period: he led the first major international subsidiary integration of the financial institution in Croatia, as well as the reorganization of CKB Bank in Montenegro.

Since September 2020, he has been the chairman of the Board of Hungarian Bankholding. Since January 2021, he also holds the position of chairman and CEO of MKB Bank; furthermore, he participates in the management of certain subsidiaries of the MKB Group as a senior member of the board.





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