Ales BLAZEK is the new CEO at CSOB, Czech Business Unit of KBC Group

21 March 2022 — Andrei Victor
Belgian financial group KBC announced that John HOLLOWS, CEO Czech Business Unit will retire after a career of nearly 26 years with KBC. At the same time, the Board of Directors has appointed Ales BLAZEK, the current CEO of KBC Bank Ireland, to the Executive Committee and successor to John HOLLOWS as CEO of the Czech Business Unit.

KBC Group mentioned that the appointment of Ales BLAZEK as CEO of the Czech Business Unit has been approved by the Czech National Bank. His approval as member of the executive committee of KBC Group (KBC Bank and KBC Insurance) is still subject to approval by the National Bank of Belgium and the European Central Bank.

Ales BLAZEK started his professional career as an associate at the Prague Office of White & Case. From 2000 until 2007, he worked in Citigroup in Prague and London in numerous legal managerial positions in Corporate and Investment Banking. In 2007, he joined GE Capital and served as the General Counsel for GE Capital International with responsibility for legal services in all GE Capital businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and being a member of the senior executive team.

He joined CSOB in Prague in the Czech Republic Business Unit of KBC Group in 2014 as Head of the Legal Department, responsible for legal and regulatory services and corporate governance. In April 2019, he became Head of Data and Strategy at CSOB. In this capacity he closely participated in the preparation and review of CSOB Group's strategy. Also he was responsible for management of CSOB Group data infrastructure. In 2021 he was appointed CEO of KBC Bank Ireland.

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