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 organizational 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.
Business consulting services (strategy, business transformation).
Philip Morris Trading
Branislav is leading the transformation of Philip Morris business in Romania from cigarettes to smoke-free reduced-risk products.
He previously worked in Switzerland as Global Director Corporate Affairs for PMI Duty Free. From 2012 to 2015, Branislav was General Manager for PMI in Croatia and a member of the Management Team for SEE. He joined PMI in 2007 as Manager Corporate Affairs and has since moved through several jobs with increasing responsibilities in the SEE region and PMI HQ in Switzerland.
Branislav is a participative leader and experienced talent developer with strong strategic and analytical skills combined with focus on operational excellence.
His educational background includes a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Zagreb, a master’s degree in European Studies from the College of Europe and an MBA from Oxford University.
Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company and its shareholders. PMI is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the U.S. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. PMI’s smoke-free product portfolio includes heat-not-burn and nicotine-containing vapor products. For more information, please visit www.pmi.com and www.pmiscience.com.
CEO Clubs is a friendly and safe place where you can meet other business leaders with growth mind-set, exchange experiences and learn from each other as well as from guest speakers.
Vice President South East Europe
Cristian 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 is licensed in Business Administration from the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest.
For the past 5 years, he has been managing the South East cluster of Iron Mountain Europe after a 12 years career within the company, is currently responsible for the M/A agenda and the business development for Romania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria.
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 CEOs 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 an 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!
Founder & Managing Partner
Ionut is Managing Partner of the group of companies WOPA, which he started developing in 2011, having now become one of the most important communication agencies in Romania.
With a significant business development experience, Ionut formed his background in Sales, Marketing and Business Development, in Romania and abroad, having worked for both local and multinational companies in business & financial services, FMCG and consultancy, heading projects in Romania and abroad.
He has a certified Master of Business Administration of the Romanian–Canadian MBA Program, with Bucharest University of Economic Studies and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
One of the ideas that has always guided Ionut in business was Richard Branson`s famous quote: ‘I never went into business just to make money - but I found that if I have fun, the money will come. If it stops being fun, I ask why? If I can't fix it, I stop doing it.’ Ionut is constantly publishing articles and opinions on advertising and marketing, with a particular interest in new business development and business efficiency.
The advertising group of companies WOPA was founded in 2011 and was shortly established as one of the most dynamic, independent advertising groups in Romania, with an annual T/O of EUR 3 mil. and capabilities to deliver top notch advertising services on the entire industry spectrum – ATL, BTL, digital, PR and media. WOPA was recently awarded with Effie distinction, an Award granted by the advertising industry to the most effective creative agencies on the market.
WOPA delivers creative campaigns that drive results for both local and multinational companies: Lidl, Agricola, Universitatea Romano Americana, Daikin, Barrier, Alka, Avon, Sanofi, Bergenbier SA.
CEO Clubs is a unique platform in the way it develops activities and creates valuable and nurturing opportunities for its members. It is not only the networking or the learning or the sharing of great and inspirational ideas - it is about the way it does all these and about the great people at CEO Clubs who make things happen. I am extremely honored to be part of the organization and further looking forward with excitement to reach far destinations 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
Aged 39, Marius is the CEO of Xella Romania, the local subsidiary of Xella Group, one of the world's largest manufacturers of AAC (autoclaved aerated concrete) and calcium silicate units.
With extensive experience in the construction industry, Marius successfully runs one of the market leaders in the Romanian building materials market and Romania’s main manufacturer of AAC, with an aggregated turnover of over 60 mio Eur in 2019. Together with his team, Marius managed to change the perception of the market for AAC products through complex education programs for the public, in a competitive market where Romanian customers have become more focused on the quality of the products they have purchased and also on the added value they have been able to obtain.
Constantly concerned with the dynamics of the construction industry and always in touch with his team members, Marius wishes to further strengthen the Xella brands in Romania, act as a market leader that drives the industry in every aspect and make Xella an important contributor to the construction of energy-efficient, quality buildings in Romania.
Marius supports and encourages education as a means of having a better-built space and supports non-formal education, focusing the CSR activities of Xella Romania on the financing of national educational programs in the field of architecture and design. He is actively involved in developing and supporting communities that choose to build a healthy and quality environment. Thus, Xella Romania contributes to the construction of the first Pediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital in Romania by donating more than 1,700 sqm of tailor-made YTONG building solutions. The hospital is the largest social crowdfunding project in Romania, set to better the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
Xella Group is one of the leading, internationally operating solution providers of building materials and insulation materials, with sales of 1.4 billion Euros and more than 7,000 employees. Xella is the parent company of renowned brands such as YTONG, Silka, Hebel, Multipor or Ursa and is one of the pioneers in digitally supported building processes. Xella is headquartered in Duisburg (Germany), with 91 plants in 20 countries and sales organizations in more than 30 countries. In many of its market segments, Xella holds a leading position.
CEO Clubs is for me a rewarding experience, where great people meet, share and where great things happen. A friendly environment that is offering diversity, inspiration and learning opportunities.
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 speciality 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.
Javier has been living in Bucharest for the last 11 years considering Romania as "home".
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.
Today, Happy Tour / FCM – is a "one stop shop" corporate/business travel provider and event organizer for corporations and individuals providing the highest standards of services for local and multinational companies in all three countries.
Happy Tour is the sole representative for Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey of FCM Travel Solutions. FCM is Flight Center Travel Group's flagship global corporate travel business. It is ranked as one of the world’s top five travel management companies (TMCs) with a presence in over 95 countries and has been named World’s Best Travel Management Company for 8 years running at the World Travel Awards as well as a number of regional awards and, for the last 7 years in a row, was named “The Europe’s Leading Travel Management Company”. In 2015 Happy Tour was awarded a prestigious prize for Outstanding Achievements by FCM Travel Solutions and received "The Best Romanian Travel Agency Award" at the Top Hotel Award among other recognitions during its existence.
Ensight Management Consulting
Robert has over 25 years of professional experience in management consulting. He is the Founding Partner of Ensight Management Consulting, the leading Romanian company in the local market of management consulting. He is also an entrepreneur in agribusiness and serves as Board member in financial institutions. Previously, he held management positions in prestigious multinational companies: Manager of Consulting Department at KPMG Consulting, and eBusiness Head at Citibank Romania. Robert is 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, working for ~300 clients on ~500 projects from all key areas (strategy, operations, finance, people, technology) in the almost 20 years of activity. We design and implement complex business transformation projects for our clients, helping them improve their performance, identify new sources of growth and prepare for the future. We are committed in developing meaningful long term partnerships, based on trust, cooperation and fair play.
Business Executive Officer
Nestlé Romania, Nespresso Division
Sonia is the Business Executive Officer for Nespresso, the luxury coffee brand established worldwide as the reference for exceptional coffee. In this role, she oversees all Nespresso activities in Romania, both for the professional segment and the consumer segment.
The Nespresso story started with a simple but revolutionary idea: enable everyone to create a cup of coffee just like a skilled barista. Since 1986, Nespresso has redefined the way millions of people enjoy their coffee, growing from a ground-breaking idea in Switzerland to a global brand with a presence in 76 countries.
Nespresso business is built around the people who nurture, grow and harvest some of the best coffee beans in the world – more than 75,000 farmers in 12 countries who provide high-quality, sustainably produced coffee. Nespresso range of exceptional blends and pure, single origin coffees are crafted from a selection of coffee beans that meet the highest quality and aroma specifications.
From the capsule to the machine, Nespresso combines the latest technology with quality, speed and smart designs for an effortless, state-of-the-art experience. The machines were engineered to pair just the right amount of water and pressure to produce a consistently delicious aroma, flavor and frothy crema.
Nespresso has built a responsible business model, which means ensuring sustainable coffee sourcing, opportunities to recycle and reuse aluminium and take global action on climate change. Our approach works toward enhancing every step of the value chain – from the coffee cherry to the coffee cup – so we can continuously improve the social and environmental aspects of our business.
CEO Clubs is much more than a true professionals’ network; it is a meeting point of so many collaborative energies, business paradigms and inspirational support. I highly recommend belonging to it as a progressive way to self-evolvement, industry cooperation and business performance. I also congratulate Sotiris for being a remarkable catalyst and contributor to so many great business minds and initiatives!
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.
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 that 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 past President and Vice President of ROFMA (Romanian Facility Management Association). For several years he was involved in shaping the emerging FM market in Romania.
Tudor is practicing mindfulness and he is passionate about transpersonal psychology founded by Stanislav Grof. He recently graduated from the Inner Master School, a challenging and immersive one-year training in these domains.
Tudor has joined the latest trends in management and he is currently transforming his companies to teal organizations inspired by Frederic Laloux in one of the most influential books of this decade - Reinventing Organization. He implemented Holacracy as the system for self-management and is currently developing new organizational tools to transform human relations in the workplace to enable more authenticity, ownership, trust and gratitude.
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 the manufacturing sector by implementing modern, easy to use solutions for 3D engineering design, machining and product life cycle management.
For me, CEO Clubs is the place to meet open-hearted people, deeply involved in shaping the present and the future, people who, beyond their business cards, are strong creators of reality.
It is the place where sharing valuable professional and personal insights is the normality, and where I made new friends. It might look like a very stiff place, but it is not, laughing and having
fun blend naturally with profound conversations and learning. Events like Breakfasts, Circles and Forums are amazing opportunities for me to learn and broaden my world view. I also enjoy
contributing to the social and cultural initiatives of the Club, such as meeting high school teenagers and discussing about what to lead an organization means, to share dreams and
passions, such as reading books that inspired my life. It’s a vivid organization that has a soul and where members have a say in what it is valuable and meaningful and what’s not. I consider myself lucky to be part of CEO Clubs and I am grateful to Sotiris, his crew and all members.
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 the 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.