Effective from 1 December, Jan Kotík will become the new Chief Operating Officer at ESSOX. He will replace Petr Kohout, who has been in charge of the activities of SG Viet Finance, a Vietnamese company within the Société Générale Group, since the beginning of November.

Until now, Jan Kotík (40) has worked as Head of Managerial Accounting at Komerční banka. He joined Komerční banka in 2003. Before joining the bank he worked at Ahold, initially in the Czech Republic as internal audit manager (between 1999 and 2002) and later in Slovakia as a member of the Board of Directors and CFO. He started his professional career in Paris at MAZARS & GUERARD, working as an auditor and consultant for various companies from 1996 to 1999.

Jan Kotík graduated from the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, University of Economics in Prague, and completed his studies at ESC Lyon, France, in 1996. In addition to some other professional training programmes, in 2005 he completed an Executive course at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Jan Kotík speaks fluent English and French, and communicates in Russian and Slovak very well.

Komerční banka is one of the best run universal banks in Central Europe. It provides comprehensive services to clients in the areas of retail, corporate, and investment banking. The Komerční banka Group's 8,843 employees serve 1,638,000 clients, who can use an extensive network of 398 points of sale throughout the country. Komerční banka currently operates 682 ATMs and more than 972,000 of its clients use one of direct banking channels.

Komerční banka is part of the Société Générale Group, one of the largest banking groups in the euro zone (in terms of market capitalisation), whose 163,000 employees serve more than 30 million individual clients worldwide.