Peter Roebben is Country Manager of KBC Group in Bulgaria, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of UBB. Until his appointment at these positions, he was the Chief Executive Officer of KBC Bank in Ireland.
Peter Roebben started his career in 1992 as an account officer Corporate Banking for Kredietbank (now KBC) in London. From 1994 untill 1998 he was Director of the Iberia Representative Office in Madrid. After one year in Brussels as account manager for the group’s Multinationals Division, he became General Manager Corporate Banking in the Paris branch in 1999. From 2005 untill 2010 he was Executive Director Corporate Banking at CSOB Bank in the Czech Republic.
Between 2010 and 2017 he served as Senior Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of K&H Bank & Insurance Hungary. Later in 2017 he becomes Senior General Manager Group Credit Risk at KBC Group’s Head Office in Brussels. In 2019, Peter Roebben was appointed Chief Executive Officer of KBC Bank in Ireland, which he held until his current appointment as Country Manager of KBC Group in Bulgaria, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of UBB.
Peter Roebben has graduated from the University of Leuven, Belgium with a master degree in law. Later he has obtained an MBA from Vlerick Business School, Belgium.
He is fluent in Dutch, French, English, Spanish and German.
Desislava Simeonova holds a Master’s degree in Law. She started her professional career as a legal trainee at Sofia City Court. In 2000 she was appointed as a public enforcement agent at the State Receivables Collection Agency to the Ministry of Finance. Subsequently she also worked as a legal counsel at the Legal Directorate and an expert to the Inspectorate of that same institution.
Over the period 2004 – 2008 she worked as a legal counsel at the Bulgarian National Bank, Banking Supervision Department. She joined the team of CIBANK more than 10 years ago in the Corporate Officer position. Later on she consecutively managed Legal Services and Methodology Directorate and in 2016 she was appointed SME Director, while achieving excellent results in that segment. After the acquisition of United Bulgarian Bank by the Belgian financial group KBC in 2017 Desislava Simeonova took over the function of SME Distribution Director at UBB.
Svetla Georgieva is member of the Management board and Executive Director Risk in United Bulgarian Bank after its acquisition by Belgian finance group KBC Group in June 2017.
Her professional career includes different management positions at Citibank N.A. and ING Bank N.V. She joined the CIBANK team in 2008, and consequently held positions as head of Retail Credit Risk Department and deputy director of the Credit Management Directorate. In January 2014 she became KBC Group's Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for Bulgaria, a member of the MB and an Executive Director of CIBANK.
Svetla Georgieva graduated under the INSEAD Inter-Alpha Banking Programme (2013) from City University, Seattle, DCL (2004-2006) and has an MBA degree in Finance.
She also has a Master's degree in industrial electronics from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute (1985-1991), a postgraduate qualification in International Economic Relations and International Law from the University of National and World Economy (1992 - 1993) and the University of Delaware / FLAG Consortium in Sofia (2001 -2002).
She is fluent in English and Russian.
Christof De Mil
Christof De Mil started his career in KBC Group in 1995. After 10 years at various managerial positions in the Retail/SME branch network of KBC Group, in 2006 he moved to the Czech Republic to head the Retail/SME branch network of CSOB for a period of 5 years.
In 2011 he was appointed member of the Management Board of CIBANK with responsibilities in the following domains: Retail banking, Branch Network and distribution channels and Payments.
After the acquisition of United Bulgarian Bank by the Belgian finance group KBC Group in June 2017, Christof De Mil has become member of the Management board and Executive Director Finance of UBB.
He has a degree in Economics from the Economic University of Ghent and also MBA from INSEAD.
He is fluent in Dutch, English, French, Business German and basic Czech.
Tatyana Ivanova started her career 20 years ago in Société Generale and built since then a broad and international career in various subsidiaries of the Group. She was, amongst others, Retail Director in the Republic of Macedonia, worked several years as Head of Sales promotion in Russia, as Marketing manager in the HQs Paris, as well as Head of Marketing and Digital banking in Société Generale, Bulgaria.
As of the beginning of November 2018 until taking the position of a Management Board Member and Executive Officer Marketing and Distribution – Retail banking, she is Director of Retail Marketing and Digital Sales Directorate in UBB.
Tatyana holds EMBA from HEC-Paris.
She is fluent in English, French and Russian.
Teodor Marinov has been part of United Bulgarian Bank’s management since June 2010, when he was elected member of the Board of Directors, while holding the position of Executive Manager Corporate Banking of the Bank since September the same year.
After the acquisition of United Bulgarian Bank by the Belgian finance group KBC Group in June 2017, Teodor Marinov has become member of the KBC Country Team in Bulgaria, member of the Management board and Executive Director Legacy of UBB. During the period 2001-2010, he was Executive Director of Interlease EAD and since 2006 has been also involved in the management bodies of the leasing companies of the group of the National Bank of Greece in Romania and Serbia.
His professional development began in 1994 as a Financial Analyst at the Sofia Stock Exchange. In 1995-1997 he worked as a Customer Relationship Manager and Credit Analysis Unit Manager at the Bulgarian Investment Bank AD. From 1997 until 2000 he was Investments Manager in the Balkan Regional Division of the National Bank of Greece.Teodor
Marinov holds Master's degrees in Business Administration from London Business School and in Systems Control from the Technical University, Sofia. He has been a holder of CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) professional designation since 2001. Marinov also completed the INSEAD Inter-Alpha Banking Programme in 2002.
He is fluent in English and Russian.
Ivailo Mateev started his career at United Bulgarian Bank in 1992. Throughout thе years he has held various positions in the areas of Planning and Budgeting, Management Accounting, Project Management, Business Processes and Organization, Branch Network Management. In the period 2009 – 2017 he was Chief Operating Officer of UBB AD.
After the acquisition of United Bulgarian Bank by the Belgian finance group KBC Group in June 2017, Ivaylo Mateev has become member of the KBC Country Team in Bulgaria, member of the Management board and Executive Director Operations of UBB.
He holds a Master's degree in Management of Commerce from the University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Sofia.
He is fluent in English, Spanish and Russian.
Hristina Filipova’s professional experience includes different positions in the private banking sector and Buulgarian National Bank. From 1987 to 1992 she worked as an inspector at BNB - branch Blagoevgrad and Director of branch Rila. She continued her career at TS Bank AD, and in 1996 she joined the team of CIBANK (BRIBANK at that time).
After the acquisition of United Bulgarian Bank by the Belgian finance group KBC Group in June 2017, Hristina Filipova has become member of the Management board and Procurator of UBB. She has a degree in Banks and Banking Activity from the UNWE. She has specialized in Banks in Market Economies at the International Training Institute in Berlin.
In 1996 she acquired a license for an assessor of financial institutions from the Privatization Agency and also assessor of enterprises in 1999. In 1997 she acquired a certificate that gives her the right to act as trustee (treasurer). She is a Certified Public Accountant since 1998.
Language competences: Spanish and Russian.
In 2021 Peter Andronov joined the Executive Committee of KBC Group as executive director and CEO Business Unit International Markets, thus assuming responsibility for the Group’s business in four of its core markets – Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Ireland. Within his new assignment Mr. Andronov became also responsible for KBC Asset Management and hence Chairman of its Board of Directors. In 2021 he also took over the Chairmanship of the Supervisory Boards of DZI General Insurance and DZI Life Insurance, and similarly for the entities of the Group in the other three countries.
Peter Andronov’s career path involves series of positions in the BNB and in the private banking sector. During 2002 – 2007 he was Chief Director Banking Supervision Department at the Bulgarian National Bank. During his term he led the elaboration of key currently effective legislative acts on banking regulation and supervision, including the Credit Institutions Act, the Act on the Additional Supervision on Financial Conglomerates, the BNB regulatory ordinances, guidelines etc. From 2003 until May 2007 he was Member of the Management Board of the Reserve Guarantee Fund. He was also member of the BNB Investment Committee. Over the period 2005–2007 Peter Andronov was observer and member at the European Banking Committee and at the Committee of European Banking Supervisors of the European Commission. At the same time he was also an observer and member of the Banking Supervision Committee at the European Central Bank. On behalf of the Bulgarian authorities he led the negotiations in the domain of banking for Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union.
Peter Andronov’s career at KBC Group started in July 2007 when he was appointed Executive Director/CRO of CIBANK. Later in March 2008 he became CEO of the same bank. As from the acquisition of UBB by the Belgian financial group KBC in June 2017 up until May 2021 Peter Andronov was Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of UBB AD(created out of the merger between CIBANK and former UBB).
From March 2011 till May 2021 Peter Andronov also acted as Country Manager of KBC Group for Bulgaria.
Over the period 2008 - 2021 Peter Andronov was Member of the Management Board of the Association of Banks in Bulgaria, serving two mandates as its Chairman – from 2015 til 2018 and from 2018 until 2021.
From 1995 till 2016 Peter Andronov has been lecturing during different periods at the UNWE, at the High School of Insurance and Finance and at New Bulgarian University/the International Banking Institute. Since 2017 he is member of the Board of Trustees of the University of National and World Economy, and from 2020 of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski as well..
Peter Andronov is five-times winner of the Banker of the Year award, as well as of the Manager of the Year and Burov Prize for bank management, Mr. Economy and many others. In 2015 he was decorated an Officer of the Order of the Crown of the Kingdom of Belgium.
Christine Van Rijsseghem
Christine Van Rijsseghem holds a Master’s Degree in Law from Ghent University, Belgium. Moreover, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) – Financial Sciences from Vlerick Business School.
Christine Van Rijsseghem started her professional career in University Graduates Team, Kredietbank in 1987. From 1988 until 1991 she worked for Central Department Foreign Entities at Кredietbank (risk management and controlling). In 1992 she became Head of Central Department of Foreign Entities (incl. International acquisition strategy). Over the period from 1994 until 1996 she held the position Head of Credit Department at Irish Intercontinental Bank (KBC subsidiary). Christine Van Rijsseghem became Chief Executive Officer of KBC France (KBC branch) in 1996 and in 1999 – Chief Executive Officer of KBC London (KBC branch). From 2000 until 2003 she held the position Senior General Manager of Securities and Derivatives Processing Directorate, while during the period 2003 – 04.2014 she took the position of Senior General Manager Group Finance at KBC Group. In effect since May 2014 Christine Van Rijsseghem has been elected CRO of KBC Group and Member of the Executive Committee of KBC Group.
Franky Depickere holds a Master’s Degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences from the University of Antwerp (HHS-UFSIA – Belgium).
He joins CERA Group in 1982 and held several Executive Positions there for more than 17 years.
In 1999 Franky Depickere became managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of F. van Lanschot Bankiers Belgie NV, as well as group director of F. van Lanchot Bankers in the Netherlands. Since 2005 onwards Depickere was also a member of the Strategic Committee of F. van Lanchot Bankiers (the Netherlands).
As of September 2006 he is Managing Director of Cera and KBC Ancora. Franky Depickere participates in managing bodies of several non-profit legal entities – Chairman of BRS vzur (Leuven, Belgium). He is a Chairman of the 'lnternational Raiffeisen Union' (l.R.U. – Bonn, Germany), Мember of the Executive Committee of EACB (European Association of Cooperative Banks in Brussels Belgium. Depickere is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Flanders Business School (Antwerp Campus KU Leuven, Belgium), as well as a member of the Senate KU Leuven (Catholic University Leuven Belgium) and a member of the Board of Directors of KU Leuven Kulak (Kortrijk, Belgium). Currently, he is Chief Executive Officer at CERA and KBC Ancora.
Dr. Barak Chizi graduated in 1996 as an industrial and management engineer in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
He further specialized in AI and machine learning (MSc and PhD in Tel – Aviv University), and since then teaches this subject at Tel – Aviv University and In Ben – Gurion University. In 2003 he became a data specialist for the Israeli government. In parallel, he started his own consulting firm, providing unique knowledge to global companies. In 2011 he was appointed as senior R&D director and Senior Researcher at Deutsche Telekom. In May 2015, he joined KBC and from August that year he started his role as general manger big data, data analytics and AI.
Svetoslav Gavriiski is independent member of the Supervisory Board of UBB as of May 2020. He graduated with major in Foreign Trade Economics from Karl Marx Higher Institute of Economics (presently re-named to University of National and World Economy, or UNWE) in 1972. His professional path started at the Ministry of Finance in 1972, where up to 1997 he held the following positions – specialist, chief specialist, expert, head of department, head of main department.
In the period 1992 – 1997 Mr. Svetoslav Gavriiski was first Deputy Minister of Finance and from February until May 1997 he was Minister of Finance in the caretaker government. Over the period 1991 – 1994 he led the negotiations with the creditors from the Paris Club, and after that wa part of the negotiations team with the London Club of private creditor banks for rescheduling and renegotiating Bulgaria’s foreign debt.
Over the period 1991 – 1997 Mr. Gavriiski was member of the Management Board of Bulbank. Over the period June 1997 – October 2003 he was elected BNB Governor by the 38-th National Assembly. He led the executing of the monetary reform and the introducing and maintaining of the Currency Board in Bulgaria.
Mr. Svetoslav Gavriiski was representative for Bulgaria in the International Monetary Fund from 1992 until 2003, and as of 2004 – 2005 he was an advisor.
From 2006 until 2016 Mr. Svetoslav Gavriiski was a member of the Management Board (from 2011 until 2016 its chairperson) and Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Bank Bulgaria AD, and from 2016 until 2018 he was Chairperson of the Management Board of Allianz Bank Bulgaria AD.
Assoc. prof. Victor Yotzov
Assoc. prof. Victor Yotzov is independent member of the Supervisory Board of UBB as of May 2020. He graduated in 1985 from the University of National and World Economy as a Master of Economics with major in Management and Planning of the National Economy (Socio-economic planning). In 2001 he acquires educational and scientific degree ‘doctor’ of Economics.
Assoc. prof. Victor Yotzov’s career path and research activity started in 1986 when, after a special competition procedure, he was appointed as a research fellow in Analytic and Forecasting Activity Section of the Economic Institute with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. From 1992 until 1994 he was part-time lecturer in Macroeconomics at the International Management, Trade and Marketing (MT&M) College. In the period 1998 – 2001 he is part-time lecturer in Theory of Money and Credit in Finance Department with the University of National and World Economy.
In 1995 Victor Yotzov started working at the Bulgarian National Bank as an expert in Balance of Payments and Foreign Debt Department, while in 1997 he became head of the Economic Research Department at the BNB. In 2001 Assoc. prof. Victor Yotzov was appointed as Head of Economic Research and Forecasts Directorate and acting as Chief Economist of the BNB. Over the period 2003 – 2010 he worked as a representative for Bulgaria at the International Monetary Fund and counsel to the Executive Director.
In 2014 upon obtaining an academic rank Victor Yotzov became Associate Professor in Finance Department of the University of National and World Economy and at the same time was appointed at the Macroeconomics Section at the Institute of Economic Research with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
He is author of many publications in the field of finance. His scientific interests are in the domains of monetary theory, banking, public finance and foreign trade. In the period 2016 – 2018 he is a Director of the Economics and Policies Institute with the University of National and World Economy.
In June 2015 Assoc. prof. Victor Yotzov was nominated for holding a BNB Governor position.