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Thomas Radil general manager, chairman of the board Sopron Bank

Radil, 44, was born in Vienna, where his family lives. He is married with two daughters, aged 2 and 7. He undertook to build up Sopron Bank from 2002 as a greenfield investment. He studied at Vienna University of Economics before he joined a major Austrian construction group. There he became responsible for the development of real estate projects in CEE and the establishment of subsidiary companies in Budapest, Prague and Bratislava. Later he moved to a real estate subsidiary of a leading bank in CEE, becoming responsible for the development of the regional headquarters as well as further project development and project financing. Major projects included landmark office buildings in Budapest, Prague and Bratislava and a logistics center in the Czech Republic. In 2000 he joined Bank Burgenland, a regional bank in Austria, and restructured subsidiary companies. In 2002 the decision was made to enter the Hungarian market with an own bank, Sopron Bank, where Radil has been appointed general manager and chairman of the board. He is fluent in English and French, and also speaks some Hungarian and Czech.



Which talent would you most like to have?

To stay always positive, “think positive” in all circumstances.


What is the trait you most disapprove of in others?

If I cannot rely on someone.


What historical person do you most identify with?

I am living in the present.


Who is your favorite hero in fiction?

Have never thought about this, maybe Comissario Brunetti in Dona Leon’s novels.


What kind of job did you dream of when you were a child?

Being a naval officer – which is very challenging in a country like Austria (lot of mountains, but no sea).


What is your greatest regret?

Having failed to start learning foreign languages earlier.


What is your greatest fear?

We shall not fear so much.


When and where were you the happiest?

The births of my children were great moments.


What was the most extravagant thing you’ve done in your life?

Wreck diving at the French Atlantic coast.


What is your most treasured possession?

To keep some freedom.


What is your favorite Hungarian dish?

A well prepared “Fogas” fish from Lake Balaton.


What is your favorite Hungarian word?

“Kiskapu,” because we also know this in Austria, but Hungarians are perfect in it.


What is the weirdest thing you have experienced in Hungary?

Hungarian politics – no comment.


What activities help you to cope with stress?

Sports in general, and in particular jogging, cycling, swimming, sailing.


Which Hungarian habit did you get accustomed to most easily?

Celebrate things and enjoy good food.


Which word do you tend to overuse?



What would you do with €1 million?

Try to acquire shares in small and medium-sized companies with future potential.


What is your favorite gadget?

A Porsche-designed fountain pen.


What is it your dream to live to see?

An extended cruise with a sailing boat, for example from Norway to Cyprus.


What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?

My wife and my two children; if persons are ruled out than a full library and water sports equipment.