Management of the Bank

Management Board

Blaž Brodnjak

President

of the Management Board

Education:

  • MBA, IEDC Bled School of Management (2009)
  • Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (1998)

Career:

  • President, CEO, and CMO of NLB (July 2016-), Deputy President of the Management Board (2016), Member of the Management Board (2012-2016) in NLB
  • Head of Group Corporate and Public Finance Division in the Hypo Alpe Adria Group in Klagenfurt (2010-2012)
  • Proxy of the Management Board of Zavarovalnica Triglav (2009-2010)
  • Member of the Management Board of Bawag banka (2005-2009)
  • Head of Corporate Banking at Raiffeisen Krekova banka (2004-2005)

Other important functions and achievements:

  • More than 20 years of experience at managerial positions on all levels of international banking groups.

  • Was a chairman or member of the supervisory boards of 13 commercial banks in 6 countries, 3 insurance companies in 3 countries, leading asset management company in Slovenia and multinational production group.

Antonio Argir

Member

of the Management Board

Education:

  • MBA, IEDC Bled School of management (2016)
  • Faculty of Economy, University Cyril and Methodius, Skopje (1999)

Career:

  • NLB d.d. (2022 – current)
    • Member of the NLB Management Board, responsible for Group governance, payments and innovations (from May 2022 on)
    • Executive Assistant to the Management Board for Group Steering (2022 – May 2022) 
  • NLB Banka Skopje (2016 - 2021)
    • President of the Management Board CEO/CMO (2016)
  • NLB Tutunska Banka (1999 – 2015) 
    • Member of the Management Board CMO/COO (2015)
    • Division Manager (2007 – 2015), before that Assistant Division Manager (2005–2007), Branch Network Division, Retail Banking 
    • Branch Manager, Skopje Center Branch (2003 - 2005) 
    • Since 1999 he has occupied other functions in the aforementioned ban

Other important functions and achievements:

  • Under the management of Antonio Argir, NLB Banka Skopje marked exceptional growth in all segments of its operations and perceived as the most innovative bank on the market, significant increase in the profitability of the bank and share price increased fivefold.
  • Vice President of the Economic Chamber of North Macedonia (2018 – present)
  • Member of the Assembly of the Macedonian Banking Association (2018 – 2021)

Andreas Burkhardt

Member

of the Management Board

Education:

  • MBA, University of Dayton (1999)
  • University of Augsburg, School of Business Administration and Economics, graduation (“Diplom-Kaufmann”) (1998)

Career:

  • CRO of NLB (2013-)
  • Head of risk management at Volksbank in Hungary, involved in the upgrade and rationalisation of collection and company restructuring procedures (until January 2013)
  • Member of the Management Board of Volksbank, Romania, in charge of finance, restructuring, and collection (2010-2011)
  • Member of the Management Board of Volksbank BiH in Sarajevo, in charge of the financial part of operations and risks (2003-2009)
  • Since 2000 he has occupied other functions in the aforementioned bank

Other important functions and achievements:

  • 19 years of experience in the area of banking, especially in the area of Central Europe.

Archibald Kremser

Member

of the Management Board

Education:

  • MBA (INSEAD, France), specialising in bank management and corporate finance (2004)
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University of Technology in Vienna (1997)

Career:

  • CFO of NLB (2013-)
  • Eight years in various senior management functions/directorships within Dexia/Kommunalkredit Group (previously owned by Dexia SA and Volksbanken Austria AG)
    • Supervised the establishment and operation of subsidiaries of Dexia Kommunalkredit Bank in CEE with total assets of approximately EUR 10 billion (2005–2008)
    • Leading efforts to restructure Kommunalkredit Group with establishment of a “bad-bank” and winding-down/divestment of non-core assets and businesses (2008–2011)
    • Leading efforts to reposition Kommunalkredit Austria as an advisory-based specialised infrastructure bank in preparation for its subsequent privatisation (2011-2013)
  • Worked in leading international consulting firms Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini (1997-2004), Bain & Company (2004-2005), leading strategic transformation projects in IT/Operations and performance improvement for various international financial institutions in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the entire CEE

Other important functions and achievements:

  • More than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in Austria, CEE, and SEE focusing on finance and asset management, strategy and corporate development, as well as performance improvement assignments.

Andrej Lasič

Member

of the Management Board

Education:

  • Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (1997)

Career:

  • NLB d.d. (2013 - )
    • Member of the NLB Management Board (CMO) responsible for Corporate and Investment Banking (May 2022 - present)
    • Executive Assistant to the Management Board responsible for Corporate and Investment Banking (2020 - 2022),
    • Executive director of Key clients (2013-2020)
  • SKB d.d., Société Générale Group (1997 - 2013)
    • Executive Director of Key Accounts and Institutional investors (2009 - 2013)
    • Director, Large Enterprises Department (2001-2009)
    • Since 1997 he has occupied other functions in the aforementioned bank.

Other important functions and achievements:

  • Over 25 years of experience in corporate and investment banking in international banking groups
  • President of the Supervisory Board of N Banka (2022 – present)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board, NLB Bank Sarajevo (2021- present)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board, NLB Lease&Go (2020 - present)
  • Member of the NLB Group Sustainability Committee NLB Group (2021- present).
  • Member of the editorial board of the Slovenian banking journal

Hedvika Usenik

Member

of the Management Board

Education:

  • Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (2000) – M. Sc. degree in Business and Administration

Career:

  • NLB d.d. (2018 - present )
    • Member of the NLB Management Board (CMO) responsible for Retail Banking and Private Banking (from May 2022 on)
    • Executive Assistant to the Management Board for Retail and Private Banking (2020 – 2022)
    • Country Manager in NLB Group Steering (2018 – 2019)
  • UniCredit Banka Slovenija d.d., previously Bank Austria Creditanstalt d.d. (2001-2018)
    • Head od Retail Banking Division and Management Board Member (2014-2018) 
    • Regional Head, Retail Banking Division (2013-2014) 
    • Head of Marketing and Segments, Retail Banking Division  (2009-2013)
    • Head of Trade Finance and Cash Management, Corporate Banking Divison (2005-2009)
    • Account Manager and Company Analyst, Corporate Banking Division (2001 – 2005)  

Other important functions and achievements:

  • Over 20 years of experience in international banking groups, thereof more than 16 years of managerial experience
  • President of Supervisory Board of NLB Skladi (2021- present)
  • Member of Supervisory Board of NLB Banke Banja Luka (2021- present)
  • Member of the NLB Group Sustainability Committee NLB Group (2021- present)
  • Member of Supervisory Board of NLB banka Skopje and NLB banka Priština (2019 – 2021)
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