Advisory Board Members
Entrepreneur. Independent Business Consultant.
With studies in Cybernetics and Business Law and a couple of executive education programs, Carmen has 20 years of working experience, from which 18 years in C level executive positions / 12 as a CEO, primarily in the field of financial services, management consulting and logistics/office supply.
She has a long track record of successful management: Carmen started her career in Management Consulting with KPMG, pioneering the management consulting services on the Romanian market. Afterwards, she entered the field of financial services, by launching the operations of Aviva in Romania and later, the BNP Paribas Cardif life and non life businesses on the local market.
In parallel with her local responsibilities as a CEO for BNP Paribas group, Carmen took a further role as Head of Investment Solutions for Romania, in charge with the definition of investment areas for the country, organic growth across different business lines/entities and distribution targets in terms of products and services.
Starting with 2016, during almost 2 years, her assignment as a CEO of a 25M Euro group of Romanian logistics/office supply companies, was focused on value generation through business transformation & process improvement, to sustain and drive further growth, bottom line efficiency and equity value creation.
Carmen is a person of strong integrity, an empowering leader who gives top executives the perspective that (the right) human capital is every organization’s greatest asset and who builds organisational cultures based on values. She considers that disruption is an unexpected opportunity to grow, transform and reinvent, in life and in business, and nowadays she is into entrepreneurship, in the area of innovation and blockchain technology, as well as into management consulting, mainly in business strategy for green field operations.
Vice President South Europe
Cristian is the Vice President of Iron Mountain for the Southern Europe after a 8 years career within IM Group being currently responsible for the growth, profitability and mergers and acquisitions agenda for Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
He began his career in Shell with a finance role in 1997 and for 10 years he held various management roles in Retail, Network business development in Romania and continued with an international assignment in Shell Argentina. Cristian developed extensive experience in retail and supply chain operations being the Convenience Retailing Manager for countries across Central Europe while working for MOL.
Cristian is licensed in Financial and Administrative Management from the Academy of Economics Studies of Bucharest, while he also studied several executive modules within Henley and Harvard Business Schools.
Iron Mountain Inc NYSE: IRM, founded in 1951, is an enterprise information management services company, headquartered in Boston, US. Its records management, information destruction and data backup and recovery services are supplied to more than 156,000 customers throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Iron Mountain is a component of the S&P 500 Index and a member of the FTSE4Good index.
The company was founded 60 years ago and is a worldwide leader in Records Management, offering comprehensive records management solutions, data protection, document management and information destruction solutions along with the expertise and experience to address complex information challenges such as rising storage costs, litigation, regulatory compliance and disaster recovery.
Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer Coach
Sargia Partners Romania
Gerry is a Master Coach, certified by the Center for Advanced Coaching (CAC).
He brings with him enriched learnings from a wealth of relevant and diverse experiences which form a basis for his working with CEO’s and C-level executives.
He has been successfully leading organizations as General Manager in the consumer goods industry, in well-known multinationals like Gillette, Procter and Gamble, Kraft and most recently in Mondelēz International.
Gerry is also an Advisory Board Member of the CEO Clubs Int’l in Romania.
Gerry’s personal ethos is one of learning, contributing and having fun in whatever he does in personal and professional pursuits, coupled with inherent passion for working with people and teams to inspire and guide them to reach the next sustainable level of performance.
SARGIA Partners is a catalyst for organizations’ sustainable transformation and growth, and offers its clients immersive experiences to reinvent leadership.
Its focused leadership development services are:-One to one holistic coaching for behavioral change for Leaders -Aligning Behavioral strategy with Business Strategy through our Leadership Team Alignment intervention
SARGIA’s methodologies and tools are rooted in behavioral and brain sciences. They have drawn from the best research and practices of Behavioral and Developmental Stage Sciences, Neuroscience, Learning Organizations’ Disciplines and advanced coaching methodologies to develop their systemic and transformational leadership development solutions.
CEO Clubs in Romania has been a venture built by each Member who brought with him/her a breath of knowledge, experience and willingness to share and learn. Personally, I’ve met some amazing individuals, diverse, down to earth and open; fun individuals who needed invigoration from togetherness.
CEO Clubs has gone beyond partnerships and shared learning and I’ve developed friendships I continue to treasure!
……. The journey continues, more milestones to reach and memories to create, TOGETHER!
Atos IT Solutions and Services Romania
Catalina runs the operations of Atos IT Solutions and Services Romania since February 2014. With an experience of over 10 years in IT management, previous to being appointed Country Manager, Catalina managed the System Integration division of Atos Romania, and before that, she was Director of Product Management at Bitdefender.
Catalina holds a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic Informatics of the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, as well as a Master’s degree in IT Project Management. In July 2007 she also graduated the Romanian-Canadian MBA program.
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2014 annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry.
With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future.
The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy and Worldline.
Chief Executive Officer
Marius is one of the youngest CEOs in the construction industry, following a career as a Regional Marketing Manager and then Sales and Marketing Manager within Xella Romania.
Marius has over 10 years of expertise in the construction industry, most of them gained while developing Xella’s strategy and market share in Romania. Under his mandate, the company has registered positive development on the local market, despite the unfavorable economical context of the past years.
One of the milestones that brought him recognition was the succesfull implementation and consolidation of a large greenfield investment, Eur 32 million worth – the first Romanian production facility of the German company Xella, located near the city of Ploiesti.
Xella Group develops, manufactures and markets building materials, dry lining panels, lime and limestone products. The company holds a premium brands portfolio - with its Ytong, Multipor, Hebel, Silka, Fermacell and Fels brands - being one of the world's largest manufacturers of autoclaved aerated concrete and calcium silicate blocks and one of Europe's leading producers of dry lining, lime and limestone products.
In 2014 the company and its more than 6,000 employees in more than 30 countries generated a total turnover of EUR 1.273 m.
In Romania, Xella owns one YTONG production unit located in Paulești, Ploiesti County. The premium brand YTONG is the first masonry brand in the world as well as the oldest brand in the construction industry. The company is mostly known for the residential, commercial and public buildings built with Ytong and Multipor products and for the close cooperation with architects and designers.
Walter is the Managing Partner and Founder of ‘LacertA Winery’.
He is also Managing Partner of "Lizard & Partners", a company which helps foreign investors in Romania.
Lizard & Partners published also the booklets “How to survive Romania Part I and II”.
He is since over 16 years President of the “Austrian Business Club Bucharest” and organizer of “The WINTERBALL”.
LacertA is a producer of exclusive red and white wine in the top wine region "Dealu Mare", located approximately 100 km northeast of Bucharest. In the middle of the picturesque wine region the brand-new winery and visitors lounge is situated. At LacertA they cultivate 6 varieties of red wine and 6 varieties of white wine. The assortment is made of international varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Blaufraenkisch, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Rheinriesling, Muscat Ottonel and Chardonnay, as well as inland varieties such as: Feteasca Neagra and Feteasca Alba.
LacertA's wine assortments, winners of numerous gold medals at specialty contests, are now housed within a new, modern cellar, ready for visits on the vineyard's domain.
LacertA wines can be found mainly in premium restaurants and wine shops all over Romania.
The latest wine creation "Cameleon" has been presented recently and is focused on a new generation of premium wine customers.
Javier Garcia del Valle
Chief Executive Officer
Happy Tour Group
Javier Garcia del Valle
Javier is the CEO of Happy Tour Group, one of the leading Romanian travel services provider - a group on the Romanian travel market being developed based on a western business standard. With an extensive experience of more than 30 years in the tourism and hospitality industry, Javier’s professional background includes top management positions within in Spain, USA (with responsibilities in Morocco and Portugal) and China.
He has an entrepreneurial spirit that made him take the initiative to open his own online booking system for Costa del Sol area, a business that he later sold. Born in Malaga, Javier, married to Maria and with four children (Alvaro, Marina, Jorge & Carmen), graduated from the University of Madrid, with a degree in Tourism Management and several post-graduate courses in Tourism Marketing, Tourism Companies Management, Financial and Accounting and Hotel Management.
Recognized for the last 15 years as one of the Leading Romanian Travel Companies, Happy Tour was acquired in December 2007 by GED Capital, consolidating the local market by acquiring, 3 other companies, thus building Happy Tour Group – one of the biggest players (if not the biggest) on the Romanian travel market with a network of 72 owned and Associated Agencies, counting 94 points of sales in 52 cities of Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria and Moldavia. In 2011, Happy Tour Group became the partner of FCM Travel Solutions a global Travel Management Company present in 90+ countries.
Today, Happy Tour / FCM – is a corporate/business travel provider and event organizer for corporations and individuals with own offices and a large network of affiliates in Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria & Moldavia.
As the FCM representative, Happy Tour Group brought in 2011, for the very first time in Romania, “The World’s Leading Travel Management Company Award”, winning also the award in the following 4 years and, for the last 6 years in a row, was named “The Europe’s Leading Travel Management Company”. In 2015 Happy Tour was awarded with a prestigious prize for Outstanding Achievements by FCM Travel Solutions and received "The Best Romanian Travel Agency Award" at the Top Hotel Award in 2015, among other recognitions.
Ensight Management Consulting
Robert has over 23 years of professional experience in management consulting. Until 2000, when he founded the consulting company Ensight Management Consulting, he held management positions in prestigious multinational companies: Manager of Consulting Department at KPMG Consulting, and eBusiness Head at Citibank Romania. Currently, he is the Founding Partner of Ensight Management Consulting, the leading Romanian company in the local market of management consulting. Robert is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), and a graduate of Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, France (MBA).
Ensight Management Consulting is one of the most important players on the management consulting market in Romania, by revenue and number of consultants. Since its foundation in 2000, Ensight has grown continuously, developing a complex portfolio of consulting services in the following areas: strategy, operations, finance, people and technology, thus delivering integrated consulting solutions, tailored for the more and more complex needs of the companies. Ensight Management Consulting is a founding partner of Nextcontinent, a network of affiliated consulting companies with 35 offices in 29 countries and a team of 1,100 consultants.
CEE Channel Business Manager
Octavian is currently the CEE Channel Business Manager of Trend Micro. He holds a BSc and a MSc from the Polytechnics University of Bucharest. He has a genuine passion for excellency, driven in both his career and private life. As a professional, he proves highly skilled in evaluating markets and identifying untapped opportunities through forging new business relationships. Previous roles include General Manager and founder of McAfee Romania, Avnet Technology Solutions Romania and ZyXEL Communication Romania. On a personal side, his deep interests go in music, photography, sports and Information Technology with a focus on Information Security.
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Its’ innovative solutions for consumers, businesses and governments provide layered security for data centers, cloud environments, networks and endpoints. All their products work together to seamlessly share threat intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized visibility and control, enabling better, faster protection. With more than 6,000 employees in over 50 countries and the world’s most advanced global threat intelligence, Trend Micro secures your connected world. For more information, visit www.trendmicro.com.
Virgil is currently the Executive President of Sports HUB. He has been ten years the captain of the Romanian National team and five years he has been named the Best Romanian Basketball Player.
With an impressive career, Virgil played basketball at the highest level in Europe, with appearances in Euroleague, Euro Cup and EuroChallenge. After his sport career, he remained in basketball taking the role of president of Steaua CSM EximBank team, and was also elected as Vice-President of the Romanian Basketball Federation.
He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, where he has been recently inducted in the USA’s Hall of Fame. Virgil holds a master degree in Economical European Integration from the University of Arts and Sciences “Gheorghe Cristea” , and a coaching degree from the National Coaching School “ANS”. Curently he is studying at Northumbria University for a Master of Management and Leadership degree.
Sports HUB’s concept was created to unite the two areas among which, until now, there were only sporadic interactions: sport and business. Both environments contribute significantly to the development of the society and can be quantified from at least two points of view: financial and emotional.
Sports HUB also aims to become a business and personal development community for both active and former athletes who would like to continue investing their time, resources and knowledge in sports. Last but not least, Sports HUB aims to create bridges between companies, business people and athletes, where all sides would gain emotionally, financially and also great experience.
After 4 years of management consulting in France, Dan has co-founded in 2006 Autonom – the leading car rental & mobility provider in Romania. Autonom has been awarded the Best Employer in Romania title in 2014 and 2015.
Dan holds a BA in International Commerce at ASE in Bucharest and a Master in International Business at Sorbonne. Since 2014 he is a professor of management in the MBA programs of Bucharest Business School.
Dan actively promotes business ethics and value-based management.
Autonom is the largest car rental company in Romania, with a network of 45 branches in 31 cities and a fleet exceeding 3,000 new cars. With the integration of VMS, a company specialized in premium chauffeur drive and shuttle services, Autonom has established itself as one of the main mobility providers in Romania.
The company provides short, medium and long term car rentals (Operating Lease), premium chauffeur drive and shuttle transportation as well as fleet management services.
Autonom is a family business which started in 2006 in Piatra Neamt.
Can you learn, share experiences, do networking and have lots of fun, all at once? After 5 years with the CEO Clubs, my conclusion is: "Yes, when you find the right people".
Chief Executive Officer
ARCHIBUS Solution Centers Romania
Tudor is the founder and CEO of VEGRA Info and ARCHIBUS Solution Center-Romania, Founding Member and past Vice President of ROGBC (Romanian Green Building Council), and the Founding Member and Vice President of ROFMA (Romanian Facility Management Association).
He is actively involved in shaping the emerging FM market in Romania, while at the same time strongly promoting local green building initiatives.
Speaker at numerous events on Facility Management and sustainability, Tudor is an admirer of Balanced Score Card, developed by Kaplan and Norton.
ASC-Romania is the SEE regional representative of ARCHIBUS, Inc. headquartered in Boston - US, the #1 software solutions for Real Estate, Facilities and Infrastructure Management in the world. The system is used by more than 7 million users throughout the world, optimizing the administration of over 5 million properties and saving for the companies using it over 100 billion dollars annually.
VEGRA Info is focused on delivering services for Computer Aided Design, (CAD) Geographical Information Systems (GIS), building survey and measurement.
As a local representative of Dassault-SolidWorks, VEGRA contributes to the competitiveness increase of manufacturing sector by implementing modern, easy to use solutions for 3D engineering design, machining and product life cycle management.
Chief Executive Officer
Before taking over the top management position with Garanti Leasing in September 2010, Okan Yurtsever was the head of the Retail Banking and Bancassurance Division of Garanti Bank, since April 2007.
Okan started his banking career in 1996 in Isbank Turkey and the next year he joined Garanti Bank, where he had various assignments in areas like treasury, auditing and the network. Additionally, he was involved in long-term projects like Business Process Re-Engineering with Garanti Insurance Group and Garanti Leasing.
He has graduated from the Political Sciences Faculty with the Ankara University and holds an MBA from the Kadir Has University in Istanbul.
Motoractive IFN S.A. is part of Garanti Romania Financial Group, formed of Garanti Bank, Garanti Leasing, Garanti Consumer Finance and Garanti Mortgage.
Motoractive IFN S.A. was established in 1998, its main activity being car leasing only. Later on, the company has diversified its products in order to better address its customers with valuable solutions on commercial, industrial and retail markets.
At the end of 2010, the major shareholder of Motoractive IFN SA became Turkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S., the second largest private bank in Turkey, which holds 100% of shares.
Following this change in shareholding, Motoractive was included in Garanti Romania Financial Group and continues its activity under Garanti Leasing brand, having common projects with Garanti Bank, in order to offer to clients a complete range of products and services as a financial group: leasing together with banking products.
The company’s strategy is to focus on increasing the business and its market share, offering the needed financing solutions to the current portfolio and attracting new clients.