Effective as of 1 January 2011, the Supervisory Board appointed Mr Aurélien Viry as a new member of Komerční banka’s Board of Directors in charge of risk management. He replaces Didier Colin, who will work on other projects within the Société Générale Group, after more than six years in the bank’s Board of Directors.

Aurélien Viry (1966) comes to Komerční banka from the post of the General Manager of the French company GENEFIM, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Société Générale, which he headed from March 2006. GENEFIM is a leader in France in value added real estate leasing transactions. Under Mr Viry’s leadership, 40 professionals managed a loan book of more than EUR 1.7 billion.

Aurélien Viry associated his career with the Société Générale Group as early as 1990. Until 1996 he worked as Senior Inspector in the Inspection Department at the Société Générale head office. In July 1996 he became Deputy Branch Manager of Société Générale’s Seoul branch. In April 1999 he moved within the Group to SG Securities, initially taking the position of the Branch Manager of the Seoul Branch, and in December 1999 taking over as Co-Chief Operating Officer in charge of North Asia, based in Hong Kong. In October 2001 he became Chief Operating Officer of SG Securities Asia Limited for the Asia Region. Upon his return to France, he worked, from April 2003, as Head of Global Middle Offices, which support the Equity Derivatives Business Line worldwide from the SG head office. Mr Viry acquired his latest experience prior to his appointment to the KB Board of Directors in GENEFIM from November 2005.

Aurélien Viry majored in accounting and finance at l’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP) and acquired the Diplôme d’Etudes Comptables et Financières (DECF). He is fluent in French and English, and speaks German and Spanish at a conversational level. He likes to spend his leisure time engaging in sports, mainly tennis, ski, sailing, golf, and also kite-surfing.

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 8,624 employees serve 2.7 million clients, who can use an extensive network of 395 points of sale throughout the country. Komerční banka currently operates 676 ATMs and 989,000 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 157,000 employees serve more than 32 million individual clients worldwide.