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Dr. Josef Ackermann is the former chairman of the management board and the group executive committee at Deutsche Bank. Dr. Ackermann joined Deutsche Bank’s board of managing directors in 1996, where he was responsible for the investment banking division. Under his leadership, this business unit developed into one of Deutsche Bank’s principal revenue sources and entered the top group of global investment banks.
Prior to Deutsche Bank, Dr. Ackermann was president of Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA), today’s Credit Suisse. He has held numerous board positions including sitting on the Board of Directors at Zurich Insurance Group, Royal Dutch Shell plc and Siemens AG, among others. Today, he still holds numerous mandates, amongst them as board member at Investor AB, EQT Holdings AB, Renova Management AG and Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd. Ackerman also serves as vice-chairman of the foundation board of the World Economic Forum, honorary chairman of the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies, honorary senate member of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance, vice chair and a member of the board of trustees of The Conference Board, and advisory director at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, among other posts.
Dr. Ackermann studied economics and social sciences at the University of St. Gallen, where he earned his doctorate, and holds an honorary doctorate from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. Dr. Ackermann is also an honorary fellow of the London Business School, was visiting professor in finance at the London School of Economics, and was appointed honorary professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. is Chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC, one of the world’s best known corporate restructuring firms. Over the past 40 years, Ross has helped turn around banks and other businesses, including the Bank of Ireland, Virgin Money (which last week announced its IPO), Kansai Sawayaka Bank in Japan, Bank United in Florida (which ranks as the largest ever US bank IPO), as well as
Vladimir Strzhalkovskiy currently serves as Vice Chairman of the board of Bank of Cyprus. He has held the position of Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation for four years (July 2000 – November 2004), Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Tourism Organisation (2003 - 2004), Head of the Federal Agency Tourism Organisation (November 2004 – August 2008), member of the Board of Director of INTER RAO Ues (June 2011 – June 2013), as well as Chairman of the Board (August 2008 – December 2012) and Vice President (December 2012 – June 2013) of the JSC Mining and Metallurgical Company Norilsk Nickel.
Strzhalkovskiy holds a PhD degree in Economics, specialty “Applied Mathematics”, from Leningrad Institute of Electronic Engineering of V.I. Lenin.
Arne Berggren has significant experience in the financial sector restructuring and recovery work previously working in senior roles at Swedbank AB, Carnegie Investment Bank AB, Swedcarrier AB and Nordic American Banking Corp. Berggren has also served as a senior advisor for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as a member of the IMF Troika team in Spain, the Swedish Ministry of Industry and the Swedish Ministry of Finance and the Bank Support Authority. He has held numerous board positions and currently serves on the Board of Directors at LBT Varlik Yönetim AS and DUTB Ldt.
Berggren holds an M.B.A. from New York University, Graduate School of Business. banks in New Jersey, the US Midwest and the US Pacific Northwest. Most recently, his firm invested in Eurobank in Greece and organised an EUR 500+ mln investment in the Bank of Cyprus. Previously, Ross sold his steel company to ArcelorMittal, of which he remains a director.
Wilbur Ross holds degrees from both Yale and Harvard Business School (with Distinction) and serves on the advisory boards of both institutions. He is the only person ever elected to both the Turnaround Management Hall of Fame and the Private Equity Hall of Fame.
Maksim Goldman currently serves as Director of Strategic Projects at Renova where he is responsible for coordinating the business development of the most significant assets under management of the Group. Previously, he served as Deputy Director for Investments of Renova Group, responsible for implementing the investment policy and support of key M&A transactions.
During 2005-2007, he worked as Vice President of international legal projects of Sual-Holding, which provided legal support for the international activities of the company, and also took a significant part in the creation of UC Rusal through a combination of assets of Sual-Holding, Rusal and Glencore. From 1999 to 2005 Goldman worked as an associate at Chadbourne& Parke LLP in New York and Moscow.
He holds a J.D. from the School of Law, University of California (Los Angeles) and a Master of History at the University of California (Los Angeles).
John Hourican currently serves as CEO of Bank of Cyprus and executive member of the board.
Previously, he served as CEO of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s Investment Bank (Markets & International Banking) from October 2008 until February 2013. Between 2007 and 2008, he served on behalf of a consortium of banks (RBS, Fortis and Santander) as Chief Financial Officer of ABN AMRO Group and as a member of its Managing Board. Hourican joined RBS in 1997 as a Leveraged Finance banker. He held a variety of senior positions within RBS’s wholesale banking division, notably on the division’s board as Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer. He also ran the bank’s Leverage Finance business in Europe and Asia.
Hourican started his career at Price Waterhouse and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and Dublin City University.