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Board of Directors

H.E. Mr. Adnan Kassar

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Born in 1930 - Lebanon

H.E. Mr. Adnan Kassar is the Chairman & CEO of Fransabank Group and member of the Board of Directors of BLC Bank SAL, Fransabank (France) SA and Fransabank Syria SA. He is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fransabank OJSC in Belarus. He and his brother Adel acquired Fransabank in 1980. H.E. Mr. Kassar served as Minister of Economy and Trade in Lebanon from 2004 to 2005 and Minister of State in Lebanon from 2009 to 2011. He was the first Arab businessman elected Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and headed the World Business Organization from 1999 to 2000. He is also former President of the Lebanese Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Lebanon and headed this Federation for over thirty years (from 1972 to 2002). He is the President of the Lebanese Economic Organizations and is the Honorary Chairman of the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of the Arab Countries which groups millions of companies and associations from the 22 member Arab countries. Mr. Kassar has received global awards and high distinguished decorations from many Heads of States and International Organizations with the latest in 2014 being the Oslo Business for Peace Award.  He holds a law degree from Saint Joseph University, Beirut and an Honorary Doctorate from the Lebanese American University. www.adnankassar.com​
 
Mr. Adel Kassar

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
Born in 1932 - Lebanon

Mr. Adel Kassar is the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fransabank SAL. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fransabank France SA and Fransabank Syria SA. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of Bancassurance SAL and Lebanese Leasing Company SAL. He is member of the Board of Directors of BLC Bank SAL and member of the Supervisory Board of Fransabank OJSC in Belarus. He and his brother Adnan acquired Fransabank in 1980. He is a former Chairman of the Association of Banks in Lebanon and is the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Hungary in Lebanon. He holds a degree in Lebanese and French law from Saint Joseph University, Beirut.​

  
Mr. Antoine Jeancourt Galignani

Chair of the Audit Committee & the Corporate Governance Committee​
Born in 1937 – France

Mr. Antoine Jeancourt Galignani started his career at the French Ministry of Finance and later joined Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and Crédit Agricole. He was appointed as Managing Director, then Chairman of Bank Indosuez. He was also member of the Board of Directors of Banque Saudi Fransi, in Saudi Arabia and the Chairman and CEO of AGF, which was later acquired by Allianz Group and the Chairman of the holding company of SNA. He also served in numerous Boards such as TOTAL, Bouygues and Société Générale and he chaired the Board of the Institute of International Finance in Washington from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Galignani was until the 1st of December 2012 the Chairman of the Board of Eurodisney France. He is currently a director of Oddo, a Paris based Investment Bank. He holds a master degree in economics and political sciences from ENA, France.​

 
Mr. Bernd Tümmers

Born in 1947 - Germany

Mr. Bernd Tümmers began his career as business administration trainer in a large German manufacturing company, followed by being the assistant to the CFO of a large engineering and construction company in the USA. He joined Deutsche Investitions – und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) and was appointed as Investment Manager in South East and East Asia, and then Head of Department in charge of DEG’s activities in Asia. In 1996, he became Senior Vice President responsible for DEG’s investments for approximately five hundred companies worldwide with an investment volume of USD 6 billion. After his retirement in 2012, he founded his own consulting firm and became partner of AdminiStraight GmbH, a company advising German companies in different fields. He still serves as a member of the Board of Directors in DEG’s few companies. He holds an MBA degree in marketing, organization and social psychology from University of Cologne, Germany.​


The Public Institution for Social Security - Kuwait

The Institution has a Board of Directors, chaired by the Minister of Finance and a General Manager who is responsible for executing the policy as drawn-up by the Board of Directors. The Public Institution for Social Security is represented by Mr. Mohammad Al-Qassar in the Board of Directors.​


Mrs. Magda Rizk

Chair of the Remuneration Commitee & Member of the Risk Management Committee
Born in 1957 – Lebanon

Mrs. Magda Rizk is an important property owner in Lebanon. She holds a law degree from Saint Joseph University, Beirut.​

H.E. Mr. Nehmé Tohmé

Born in 1939 - Lebanon

H.E. Mr. Nehmé Tohmé is the Chief Executive Officer for many contractor companies operating in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. He also established several corporations and was a shareholder, partner or member of the Board of Directors in many companies. He was elected as member of the Lebanese Parliament in 2000 and served as Minister of Displaced in Lebanon from 2005 to 2008. He holds a BS in civil engineering from the American University of Beirut.​

H.E. Mr. Walid Daouk, Esq.

Member of the Audit Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee​ & the Remuneration Committee
Born in 1958 - Lebanon

H.E. Mr. Walid Daouk, Esq is specialized lawyer in commercial law, civil and property law. He started his career, in 1981, as an associate in Takla & Trad law firm becoming thereafter a partner. In 2005, he occupied the position of Vice Chairman at the International Affairs Commission at the Beirut Bar Association, and in 2008, he became a member of the Arbitration Commission. In 2011, he was appointed Minister of Information and Minister of Justice per interim. After the termination of his appointment in 2014, he resumed his practice as lawyer and legal consultant in above mentioned firm. He is a lawyer and legal advisor for multinational & Lebanese companies performing business in various fields. Also, he is a Board member of many corporations in Lebanon and abroad including Fransabank SAL, Fransabank (France) SA, Fransabank El Djazaïr SPA, BLC Bank SAL, USB Bank (Cyprus), Stow Securities Corporations (Panama), Semiramis SAL, Beirut Waterfront Development SAL, Tourism and Hotel Development Company SAL. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Counsel for Development and Reconstruction of Lebanon (CDR) 2001-2004. He is the Commissioner of the Lebanese Government at the Beirut Stock Exchange since 1994. He holds a degree in Lebanese and French law from Saint Joseph University, Beirut and had prepared a degree in Business Management from Beirut University College.​

Mr. Rafic Charafeddine

Member of the Remuneration Committee

Born in 1939 – Lebanon

Mr. Rafic Charafeddine is a businessman, and has participations in various companies. He deals in construction projects and real estate investments.


Mr. Nadim Kassar

Born in 1964 – Lebanon​

Mr. Nadim Kassar is a General Manager of Fransabank SAL. He is also the Vice-Chairman and General Manager of BLC Bank SAL, Founder and Board Member of Fransa Invest Bank SAL (FIB), Founder and Chairman of Fransabank El Djazaïr SPA, Board Member of the Association of Banks in Lebanon since 2001, Board Member of USB Bank PLC, Board Member of Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE), Co-Manager of A.A. Kassar (France) SARL and General Manager of A.A. Kassar SAL. Mr. Kassar is also a Board Member of the following institutions: MasterCard Incorporated Asia, Pacific, Middle East & Africa, SAMEA Regional Board of Directors since 2005, NetCommerce, International Payment Network, IPN SAL, Credit Card Management, Founder and Board Member of the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce. He holds as well the position of Deputy Chairman of Société Financière du Liban. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Walid Naja

Member of the Risk Management Committee, the Audit Committee & the Corporate Governance Committee​
Born in 1941 – Lebanon

Dr. Walid Naja is former Chairman of the Banking Control Commission - Central Bank of Lebanon. He previously served as Economic Counselor at the Lebanese Embassy in Washington D.C., and General Manager of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Lebanon. He holds graduate degrees in economics and international relations from the American University of Beirut and Yale University, USA.

Mr. Henri Guillemin


Chair of the Risk Management Committee
Born in 1947 - France

Mr. Henri Guillemin started his banking career at Crédit Lyonnais. He then joined Indosuez Bank and held different management positions in Singapore, Saudi Arabia (Jeddah and Riyadh), Bahrain and Paris. Mr. Guillemin was appointed the Manager of Crédit Agricole Indosuez (CALYON), Paris for the Middle East, and then promoted to Manager for the Middle East and Africa region. Mr. Guillemin was the Managing Director of Crédit Agricole Egypt SAE, Cairo. He holds a degree in economic sciences from Sorbonne University, Paris, as well as a degree in political studies, and an MBA degree from INSEAD Fontainbleau.

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