Directors

 

Martin Scicluna

Chairman

 

Mr Scicluna was elected to the Board in November 2013. Mr Scicluna is also non-executive director of ReAPS Asset Management Limited. Since 2012, Mr Scicluna has held directorships in asset management and insurance companies licensed in Malta. He held a number of managerial positions in Mid-Med Bank between 1976 and 1996, following which he joined Midland Bank which later become HSBC Bank Malta plc. From 2006 to 2012, he served on several boards for HSBC Malta subsidiaries and on its Audit Committee. Mr Scicluna is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, holds a Diploma in Financial Studies and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services in 1999. Other current board positions are: Chairman, Accredited Insurance (Europe) Ltd, Chairman, Zarattini International Ltd, Independent Non-Executive Director and Investment Committee member at Merck Capital Asset Management Ltd and at Thybo Malta Ltd. Mr Scicluna has also been actively engaged in various areas of voluntary work, including scouting, preservation of the built and natural environment and financial services education. He has served on the Boards of Administration of NGOs such as Din l-Art Helwa (Malta’s ‘National Trust’) and the HSBC Malta Foundation.

 

Victor E. Agius

Non-Executive Director

 

Mr. Agius was elected to the Board in October 2018, after a diverse career in international investment, banking and development project finance. This included 23 years at the World Bank Group in Washington DC, 3 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and 17 years with the Council of Europe Development Bank in Paris. His work comprised extensive field mission leadership responsibilities to over 60 countries in Africa, East Asia, Middle East & North Africa, Europe and in Former Soviet Republics. Mr. Agius graduated with a B.A. Hons. (Economics) from the Royal University of Malta, holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and completed Senior Finance and Banking Executive programmes at the Wharton School of Finance and at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 

Joseph C. Attard

Non-Executive Director

 

Dr. Ing. Attard has over 25 years of local and international experience in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. He was elected as Director of the Bank in July 2018. Between 2015 and 2020 he was the Chief Technical Officer of GO p.l.c.. Between 2007 and 2015 he was the Chief Technology Officer of Emirates International Telecommunications LLC. Dr. Ing. Attard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Malta, a Masters of Sciences (M.Sc) in Operational Telecommunications from the University of Coventry (UK) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Telecommunications Engineering from University College London (UK). He has regularly lectured at University College London on ICT topics.

 

Franco Azzopardi

Non-Executive Director

 

Mr. Azzopardi was elected on the Board of Directors in September 2008. He is a professional director and a registered fellow member of the UK Institute of Directors. He serves on the boards of directors, and on audit and risk committees of both listed and private companies in various sectors including banking, insurance, software and logistics. Prior to 2007, he spent 27 years working in public practice, including with Deloitte Haskins and Sells and in an accounting and auditing firm he co-founded in 1990. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Finance from the University of Leicester (UK) and is an Honorary Fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants, having also served as President between 2015 and 2017. Mr Azzopardi is also the Chairman and CEO of Express Trailers Limited.

 

Juanito Camilleri

Non-Executive Director

 

Prof Juanito Camilleri was appointed to the Board on 20th September 2021. Prof Camilleri holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. Over the years, Prof. Camilleri served as a non-Executive Director and consultant on the boards of several public and private entities. Prof Camilleri was successively CEO at go mobile and at Melita Cable plc, then served as Rector of the University of Malta from 2006 to 2016. Between September 2014 and January 2017, he served as non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank Malta plc, and for a period was also Chairman of the Risk Committee. At present, he is non-Executive Chairman of EPIC Malta Ltd and non-Executive Chairman of Harvest Technology plc. Prof Camilleri is Chairman and resident Professor at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation at the University of Malta. He serves on the Board of Malta University Innovation Portfolio Ltd and is non-Executive Chairman of its two subsidiaries FLASC B.V. and DeNovoCell Ltd. He is non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Governors of St. Edward's College. Prof Camilleri is the owner of Ta’ Betta Wine Estates and St Anne’s Clinic.

 

Laragh Cassar

Non-Executive Director

 

Dr. Cassar was appointed to the Board in April 2016. Throughout her career, Dr. Cassar has gained vast experience in many areas of practice including banking, investment services, asset management, capital markets and corporate law restructuring. Having joined Camilleri Preziosi as an associate in 2003, she was subsequently a partner of this firm between 2009 and 2015. She then founded the firm ‘Camilleri Cassar Advocates’. Dr. Cassar obtained a degree in law from the University of Malta in 2002 and a Master of Law in Banking and Finance from the University of London in 2003. She also holds the role of non-executive director on the board of Hili Properties p.l.c. and the role of non-executive director and company secretary on the Board of Medserv p.l.c..

 

Alfred DeMarco

Non-Executive Director

 

Mr. DeMarco was appointed to the Board in April 2016. He is an associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance (ACIB) and holds a degree in economics from the University of London. He is a central banker by profession with more than 40 years’ experience at the Central Bank of Malta (CBM). He progressed through senior executive positions at the bank including that of Deputy General Manager and Director of the Economics and External Relations Division. Mr DeMarco was a member of the European Central Bank (ECB)’s Monetary Policy Committee, representing the CBM, from 2004 to 2015. He was appointed Deputy Governor in April 2010, a position he held until end-March 2015. He is also a member on the Kunsill Finanzjarju Djocezan.

 

Victor Gusman

Non-Executive Director

 

Mr. Gusman was elected to the Board in April 2012. During the 35 years he was at the helm of the Lemco Group, Mr. Gusman led the administration team of a workforce of over 650 with manufacturing bases in Italy and Poland and a sales force operating in 34 countries. He gained experience in servicing international companies with custom-made products to accommodate their own brands and was central in dealing with governments for their specialised requirements in their hardware and manufacturing sectors, negotiating with unions in Italy and Poland. Mr. Gusman is the Administrative Secretary of the Diocese of Gozo and executive director of GDH Company Limited and Kura Gozo Company Limited.

 

Michael Pace Ross

Non-Executive Director

 

Mr. Pace Ross was elected to the Board in November 2015. He served as Director General of the National Statistics Office for 6 years, sitting on national and European committees, including the European Statistical Advisory Committee prior to his current appointment as Administrative Secretary of the Archdiocese of Malta. He is a Council member of the Malta Employers Association (MEA). Mr. Pace Ross holds a BA (Honours) degree in Economics and Management and an MBA from the University of Malta. He is also an associate of the London College of Music. He was invested as Knight in a papal equestrian order by Cardinal Edwin O’Brien in 2019. He also holds the role of non-executive director on the board of Amalgamated Investments SICAV p.l.c. and is company secretary of AROM Holdings Limited.

 

Graziella Bray

Company Secretary

 

Dr. Bray graduated as Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2004 and joined the Bank in 2006. Over the years, she has performed duties in various areas of law, regulation and compliance, including providing support to the Board and various committees and to the APS Funds SICAV plc. She is also the Company Secretary of ReAPS Asset Management Limited. Dr. Bray lectures in Company Law, Regulation and Corporate Governance at the University of Malta and the Malta Stock Exchange Institute.

 

Management

 

Marcel Cassar

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

 

Marcel joined the Bank as CEO in January 2016. His career started in 1987 with Price Waterhouse Malta, followed by MIBA/MFSC, now the MFSA (1991-1996). He was General Manager at Lombard Bank Malta p.l.c. (1996-2004) and First EVP and CFO at FIMBank p.l.c. (2004-2015). He also served on the board of the Malta Bankers’ Association, including as Deputy Chairman (2017-2018) and Chairman (2018-2020), leading to a seat on the board of the European Banking Federation. Mr. Cassar is a CPA, a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants, holds an MBA from the University of Wales and Manchester Business School (1995) and has lectured and supervised in the M.A. Financial Services course at the University of Malta.

 

Giovanni Bartolotta

Chief Risk Officer (CRO)

 

Giovanni joined the Bank as Chief Risk Officer in September 2018. Prior to joining the Bank, he spent 10 years in London working for major global investment banks, including Kleinwort Benson, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Bear Stearns International. He then moved to Malta where he spent fourteen years at FIMBank p.l.c., as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Risk. Mr. Bartolotta holds a B.A. in Economics from Bocconi S.D.A., University of Milan.

 

Raymond Bonnici

Chief People Officer (CPO)

 

Raymond joined the Bank as Head of Human Capital in 2016 and was appointed to his present role in June 2020. He started his career working in aviation, including for KLM, Swissair and Sabena. Following this period, he worked at Premier Capital p.l.c. and was a key element in setting up the group’s Human Resources function. He also worked at Hilton Hotels International, as Director of Human Resources for Malta. Mr. Bonnici holds a B.A. in Youth and Community Studies from the University of Malta.

 

Anthony Buttigieg

Chief Banking Officer (CBO)

 

Anthony joined the Bank as Head of Banking in May 2016 and was appointed to his current position in June 2019. His experience in the banking sector spans 42 years. He started his career with Mid-Med Bank, which later became HSBC Bank (Malta) p.l.c., where he held a number of Senior and Managerial roles. Mr. Buttigieg is a qualified banker and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

 

Edward Calleja - COO

Edward Calleja

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

 

Edward joined the Bank in 1992 where he was responsible for the setting up of the Bank’s lending function and the centralisation of key operations through the implementation of a Loans Processing System in 2009 and he was appointed to his current position in August 2021. He started his career with Mid-Med Bank in 1981. Edward holds a B.A. (Hons) Accountancy from the University of Malta (1990), a Diploma in Management (2003) and an MBA from Henley Management College, UK (2005). He obtained his warrant as CPA in 1991 and became a fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants in 2011.

 

Jonathan Caruana

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

 

Jonathan joined the Bank in 1999 and served in various departments before being promoted to Information Systems Manager in 2008 and Head of Information Technology in 2015. He was then appointed Chief Technology Officer in November 2016. Mr. Caruana holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computing from the University of Greenwich and an M.Sc. in Software Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire.

 

Liana DeBattista

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)

 

Liana DeBattista, Maltese national, joined APS Bank in 2003 and held positions across multiple areas, including strategy, internal audit and marketing. Her main areas of expertise developed are in business planning, corporate strategy formulation, product development, research, and performance management. Since 2020, she has held the position of Head of Strategy & Propositions. Liana has a B.Sc. in Business & Computing (2001) and a B.Com (Hons) in Management (2002), both from the University of Malta, and a First Class M.Sc. in Corporate Finance from the University of Liverpool (2015).

 

Noel McCarthy

Chief Investments Officer (CIO)

 

Noel joined the Bank in 2000 and served in a number of successively senior positions over the years, latest being that of Chief Financial Officer since 2016. He was appointed to his present role in June 2020. Mr. McCarthy is a CPA and a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants. He also holds a M.A. in Financial Services from the University of Malta. He also serves as a Director of ReAPS Asset Management Limited and as Alternate Director of Ivalife Insurance Limited.

 

Ronald Mizzi

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

 

Ronald joined the Bank as Chief Financial Officer in September 2020. He was previously Group Chief Financial Officer at FIMBank p.l.c., having spent his earlier career with parallel engagements with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Malta, the Channel Islands and New York. Mr. Mizzi is a CPA and holds a Practicing Certificate in Auditing, both issued by the Accountancy Board in Malta. He is a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants and holds an B.A. (Hons) in Accountancy from the University of Malta.

 

 

 

Other Management members, not listed above, sit on the Risk, ESG, Conduct, BCC, TAIC, Compliance, ALCO and MCC.

 

 

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