Senior Team

John Soler

Chairman

John has more than 40 years’ experience in retail banking after holding several senior positions with BOV plc. He led the bank’s operations for over a decade before being appointed to the senior management team as Chief Officer Credit, with responsibility for BOV’s lending portfolio, including consumer lending, business lending, and mortgages. At BOV, John was also responsible for card business and trade finance.



Martin Farsky

Non-executive director

Martin spent more than 12 years working for Ernst & Young Slovakia as an Audit and Assurance Professional. During his career he developed a broad experience of the following accounting standards; IFRS, US, Slovak and Czech GAAP and was also a member of the special audit teams for the sale-purchase transactions. From 2009 he acted as an Audit Manager and was a key audit team member on a number of audits of international companies mainly from the telecommunications, automotive, technology and transportation industries. Martin is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

 

In January 2017, Martin joined SAB Group where he took on the role of Director in SAB Finance (Czech Republic) and SAB Corporate Finance (United Kingdom) and from April 2018,  Martin became a Member of the Board of Directors of FCM Bank. His competence is mainly in the area of overall management, finance, FX spot, accounting, corporate governance and internal and external audit.



Ondrej Korecky

Non-executive Director

Ondrej spent over 7 years working as an Auditor with EY Czech Republic and New Zealand. During his audit career, he developed strong knowledge of IFRS and project management skills. As an assistant manager, he was responsible for leading a number of audits and other projects for a broad portfolio of clients from various industries with a focus on the financial sector.

Ondrej joined SAB Group in 2016 and acted as group Head of Compliance covering the overall compliance in a regulated credit and payment institution. He also participated on the group’s international business development. Ondrej is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has successfully completed the ICA International Advanced Certificate in Compliance. 



Michael Borg Costanzi

Non-executive director

Michael Borg Costanzi (MBC) joined Bank of Valletta p.l.c. in 1980 and graduated as Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1993. During the 35 years spent at Bank of Valletta, MBC headed the Bank’s legal office from 2001 and was appointed as a Chief Officer responsible for the Bank’s Legal Office, Office of the Company Secretary, Customer Issues Unit and Compliance Unit in 2008. In 2005, MBC was appointed as a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee and from 2008, he sat on the Bank’s Compliance and Risk Management Committees.

From 2000 to 2009, MBC, as a visiting lecturer, delivered lectures on banking law to law students at the University of Malta.

MBC took up early retirement from Bank of Valletta with effect from the 1 April 2015 and joined Mamo TCV Advocates at the beginning of August 2015.



Dusan Benda

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Benda developed his career as an Auditor for EY in the Slovak Republic and New Zealand and as audit manager he was responsible for a number of audits and advisory projects for major banks and financial institutions. His competence is in the area of overall management, banking products, finance, accounting, compliance, corporate governance, internal and external audit.

In 2010 Mr Benda joined SAB Group, starting at MPU where he took over as head of Compliance and Regulatory reporting, become member of Top management committee responsible for Division Governance and was also a director within the supervisory board of MPU. In 2017 he became Chairman of SAB Finance a.s. and became also responsible for international business development of the SAB Group. Mr Benda is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).