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Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors
Dr Gordon Cordina
Chairman

Dr Gordon Cordina is a leading economist in the Maltese Islands, with a professional experience spanning 25 years covering banking, policy-making, academia and private sector consultancy. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and the University of Malta. His main area of academic interest is the growth and macroeconomic dynamics facing economies that are prone to heightened risks.

Gordon has several years of Board and Risk Committee experience in major financial institutions in Malta, amongst which at Bank of Valletta. He served as Manager of the Research Department of the Central Bank of Malta, Director General of the National Statistics Office of Malta, Head of the Economics Department of the University of Malta and Economic Advisor to the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. Through the private consultancy firm he co-founded in 2006, he is involved in a number of local and international research projects and consultancy assignments with institutions including the EU Commission, Government ministries and authorities, NGOs and private sector entities. Gordon is a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Malta.

Appointed to the Board in October 2020

 


Stephen Agius

Stephen Agius is currently a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and of the Remuneration Committee. During 2019 he was also a member of the Audit Committee. Mr Agius works as Chief Operating Officer at Mater Dei Hospital where he is responsible for strategy formulation and execution; and the day to day operations of the hospital. For five years, Mr Agius served as member of the board of directors of Enemalta p.l.c. and Engineering Resources Limited.

Prior to his current role, Mr Agius occupied various positions where he was responsible for a number of large scale projects both locally and abroad in areas related to enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, business transformation and process modelling. Mr Agius is also a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Malta where he lectures Big Data Analytics and Social Media Marketing Strategy. He studied computer science and information systems and gained an honours Bachelor degree from the University of Greenwich (UK) followed by an MBA in e-Business from the University of Malta.

Appointed to the Board in December 2016.


Kevin J. Borg

Kevin J. Borg is an experienced professional with almost 25 years experience in leadership of the business community having occupied the position of Director General of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry until 2020. In this position, Kevin built himself a distinct reputation for integrity and professionalism. He has always been held in high respect by his team and all the stakeholders he has connected with throughout his career, including businesses, political leaders and social partners. Having graduated in Economics from the University of Malta in 1994, Kevin worked briefly as an Economics Officer within the Economic Planning Division in the Ministry of Finance before joining the Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

As Director General, Kevin occupied overall responsibility for internal operations and general management of the Chamber; for designing and implementing Chamber policies; organising the lobbying function with Government, trade unions and social partners; overseeing the media/ communications, internationalisation and SME advisory functions; and for Statutory matters.

Kevin represented the Chamber in conferences and in the media as well as on a number of national boards including the MCESD, Education Malta, Malta Business Bureau, RPI Board besides BusinessEurope and Eurochambres at the European level. During his time at the Chamber, Kevin was actively involved in the EU accession preparations for Malta as well as in the merger process with the Federation of Industry which took place in 2009. 

The appointment of Kevin is subject to Regulatory approval. 
Miguel Borg

Miguel Borg is the Chief Risk Officer and an Executive Director of Bank of Valletta plc. He serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee (previously referred to as the Management Board) and chairs both the Credit Committee and the Internal Control & Risk Management Committee of BOV.

In 2019, Mr Borg was a member of the Ethics Committee. Mr Borg is a Director of BOV Asset Management Ltd and chairs the Risk Committee of the company. He also chairs the Risk Committee of MAPFRE MSV Life plc. Mr Borg is also Chairman of the Central Co-Operative Fund. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked at the Central Bank of Malta. Mr Borg holds a Masters in Economics and is a member of a number of international risk management associations. He lectures at the University of Malta.

Appointed to the Board in August 2017.

 

 

Dr. Diane Bugeja

Dr Diane Bugeja is a lawyer by profession practicing primarily in financial services law, financial regulation and anti-financial crime compliance. She is currently a Senior Associate at Camilleri Preziosi Advocates. Prior to joining Camilleri Preziosi, Diane held the post of Senior Manager at a Big Four audit firm, working in Malta and in London, and subsequently joined the enforcement departments of the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the Malta Financial Services Authority.

Diane holds a Ph.D in law from King’s College London and a M.Sc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta

Appointed to the Board in December 2019.

Elizabeth Camilleri

Elizabeth Camilleri is a digital growth and transformation specialist, working with boards and C-Level executives across a number of B2C and B2B2C sectors worldwide.

Born and educated in Malta, she subsequently moved to the UK for her MBA at London Business School specialising in strategy and digital innovation. It was there that she found her passion for data and digital transformation and its power to enable any organisation to compete in a fast-changing environment.

She currently sits on a number of boards and advises others on digital transformation and the creation of exponential growth through the use of data and technological innovation. Before that, she had founded and built a market tech company (Shopological) which she sold in 2019. Previous roles encompassed working at global organisations such as Gartner (Head of Strategy Consulting), Orange Global (Growth Strategist for the Board), PWC (Consultancy, Malta) and mid-sized companies such as eDreams (Marketing Director) and Biochemicals (Malta, Export Marketing Manager). 

The appointment of Elizabeth is subject to Regulatory approval. 

 

James Grech

Mr Grech’s career commenced as a management accountant with a local accounting firm. He later joined the Bank in 1998 and is currently the Executive Head of Foreign Bank Relationships Department. He was appointed to the Board in 2004 till 2008. Re-appointed to the Board by the shareholders in the respective AGMs in December 2014 to date. Mr Grech is also a director of other local companies and a recognised member of the Institute of Directors (UK). He holds an Honours Degree in Management and a Masters in Business Administration from Henley Management College (UK). His dissertation focused on the effectiveness of Board Performance and Corporate Governance. Mr Grech has lectured on Financial Services at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, and on Corporate Governance at the University of Malta.

Appointed to the Board in 2004 till 2008. Re-appointed to the Board by the shareholders in the respective AGMs in December 2014 to date.

 

 


Rick Hunkin 

Rick Hunkin was appointed as the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2020. He is a vastly experienced financial services executive who has worked in all aspects of retail, commercial and corporate banking for over 35 years. Having started his career at NatWest and then LloydsTSB, he has since covered a wide span of organisations and held seats on the Boards of several UK financial services companies including Tesco Bank, Cheltenham and Gloucester, Goldfish Bank, GE Money and National Bank of New Zealand.   Post the 2007/08 crisis Rick was one of a small senior group hired to resolve issues at Northern Rock and subsequently joined the Executive team leading the establishment of Williams & Glyn (part of the RBS EU remediation programme). Prior to joining BOV, he was Chief Risk Officer of Chetwood Financial.

Mr Hunkin sits on the Bank’s Board of Directors as an Executive Director.  He Chairs the BOV Executive Committee and the Asset Liability Management Committee and is also a member of various management committees.

Mr Rick Hunkin, holds a Masters in Business Administration from Manchester University and a Financial Studies Diploma - a degree level qualification obtained via the Chartered Institute of Bankers and Sheffield Hallam University.  He has been elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Banking in both England and Scotland (FCIB, FCIBS) for services to Banking and Education.

Appointed to the Board in January 2020.

Alfred Lupi

Alfred Lupi currently chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. In 2019, he used to chair the Ethics Committee and was also a member of the Credit Committee and the Compliance and Crime Prevention Committee. Mr Lupi is an accountant by profession, with a degree in Economics. He was Chief Financial Officer in two major companies in Malta and the Executive Chairman of Pavi Shopping Complex p.l.c. Mr Lupi was a non-executive director of the Central Bank of Malta, chairing its Aduit Committee and also served as Acting Governor. For a number of years Mr Lupi chaired the Accountancy Board and was subsequently a member of its Quality Assurance Oversight Committee. Mr Lupi has held a number of board appointments mainly in the financial sector to date. 

Appointed to the Board in December 2015.

Anita Mangion

In 2019 Anita Mangion was a member of the Remuneration Committee and deputy chairperson of the Compliance and Crime Prevention Committee. Ms Mangion is currently a member of the Audit Committee. Ms Mangion is an experienced Business and IT Consultant. Her area of specialisation is Technology Intrapreneurship. During the last seventeen years she consulted to such effect, different local and international entities in various sectors as well as start-ups, where she successfully drove critical projects to completion and implemented sustainable profitable frameworks. Ms Mangion graduated in Executive MBA (eBusiness); B.Com. Management Hons and B.Sc. Business and Computing from the University of Malta. Additionally, she studied Business and IT at Indiana University (USA), and Technology Entrepreneurship and New Business Operations at the University of Malta in joint collaboration with Oxford University (UK). For four years, Ms Mangion served as board director at Malta Industrial Parks Limited (MIP). At MIP she was also entrusted to oversee the Tenders Committee, was a member of the Audit Committee and chaired the ICT Steering Committee.

Appointed to the Board in December 2016

Alfred Mifsud

Mr Alfred Mifsud holds a Masters in Business Administration from Sheffield Hallam University and a Financial Studies Diploma by the former Chartered Institute of Bankers. From 2015 to 2017 he was Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, with main responsibilities of the monetary policy and banking operations. Prior to that, Mr Mifsud was Chairman of Crystal Finance Investments Limited, a position he held for 15 years. From 1992 to 1996 he was a Governor on the Board of Malta Financial Services Centre which now is MFSA. From 1996 to 1998, Mr Mifsud was Chairman of Mid-Med Bank.

Appointed to the Board in December 2019.  

Antonio Piras

Mr Antonio Piras is currently the chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk Management Committee.  He was previously a member of the Audit Committee. Mr Piras occupies the role of deputy chairman of the Board and the chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Banca UBAE (Rome). 

He was previously director of the board of Iacobucci Aerospace HF (Rome) and vice chairman of Eurofidi Soc. Consortile Garanzia Fidi s.c.a.r.l. (Turin). Until 2014, he was the CEO of Equitalia Centro S.p.A (Florence) and chairman and CEO of other companies of Equitalia Group.

In 1971 he started his career at UniCredit Group, former Credito Italiano, holding various key roles in the Italian commercial network until 1997. Afterwards, Mr Piras was appointed as CEO of UniCredit Factoring (Milan), Deputy General Manager of Banca dell’Umbria, Chairman and CEO of Pekao Leasing Sp.z.o.o (Warsaw) and Leasing Fabryczny Sp.z.o.o (Lublin), CEO of UniRiscossioni S.p.A. (Turin), all companies held by UniCredit, from where he ended his career as Senior Executive Vice President in 2009. 

Appointed to the Board in December 2016.  

Godfrey Swain

Godfrey Swain is an international executive with thirty years of banking experience, recently serving as CEO of Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB) based in Yangon tasked with executing a banking transformational strategy in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank. He previously served as Deputy CEO, Head of Retail Banking and Marketing focused on a growth and modernization mission for Vietnam International Bank (VIB), a large-scale bank with Vietnamese and Australian shareholding.

Godfrey served as a senior HSBC executive for twenty years holding key roles as Managing Director and Country Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for HSBC in Japan, in Vietnam and previously in Malta where he also held roles of Head of Marketing and Communications and founding CEO/MD of HSBC Life Assurance (Malta). He was a member of the Hong Kong based Asia Pacific Regional Management team, director on various boards including Life Assurance and Fund Management subsidiaries and EXCO, ALCO, Risk Management and Governance Committee member in the countries and territories where he worked. He started his financial services career in Adelaide and Sydney with National Mutual Life, Australia.

Godfrey is a business graduate from Monash University, holds a diploma in strategic management from Henley School of Management and participated in HSBC executive programmes in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The appointment of Godfrey is subject to Regulatory approval. 

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Bank of Valletta p.l.c. is a public limited company regulated by the MFSA and is licensed to carry out the business of banking and investment services in terms of the Banking Act (Cap. 371 of the Laws of Malta) and the Investment Services Act (Cap.370. of the Laws of Malta).