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Management

Management board

of "DZI - General Insurance" EAD and "DZI Life Insurance" EAD

Kosta Cholakov
MB Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Kosta Cholakov has been Management Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DZI since 2013.

He started his career in Interamerican Insurance Company. In 1999 he became Claims Handing Manager at Interamerican Bulgaria, and over the 2001 - 2013 period he was Executive Director of Interamerican Bulgaria - Insurance Company and of Interamerican Bulgaria – Life Insurance.

In the period 2011-2019 he was Management Board Member of the Association of Bulgarian Insurers (ABI), and currently holds a membership position in the Board of Trustees of the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA).

He obtained his BA degree in law in 1996 from the Faculty of Law and Economics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his MA degree in law at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, in 1997.

Mr. Cholakov is fluent in English and Greek.

Bistra Vassileva
MB Member and Executive Director for General and Corporate Insurance

Bistra Vassileva is the Executive Director for General and Corporate Insurance of DZI, part of KBC Group.

She holds a MA degree from the University of National and World Economy, as well as an insurance diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Her professional career started at AIG, went through Marsh & McLennan Companies, and since February 2018 she has been a member of DZI Management Board.

Evgeni Benbasat
MB Member and Executive Director for Banking and Life Insurance

Evgeni Benbasat is the Executive Director of DZI in charge of banking and life insurance.

Evgeni Benbasat is the Executive Director of DZI in charge of banking and life insurance.

He started his career in the field of insurance in 2000 by holding top management positions at AIG Life, MetLife, and before joining the DZI team he was Chief Executive Officer of UBB MetLife. Evgeni Benbasat has long-standing experience and expertise in life insurance, insurance, banking insurance as well as in business development, consulting and management.

He holds s a BA degree in Trade Management from the University of National and World Economy, and a MA degree in Marketing from the City University of Seattle, where he was a lecturer from 2008 until 2011.

Diyana Stoinova
DZI Chief Commercial Officer

Diyana Stoinova is Member of DZI Management Board and DZI Chief Commercial Officer.

Her professional path passed through managerial positions in Yupiter Insurance Company AD and Orel Insurance Company AD.

She joined DZI team in 2004, holding consecutively managerial positions as Head of Financial Risks and Liabilities Department, Motor Insurance Acquisitions Director, Financial Risks and Liabilities, and Director of Corporate Clients and Public Procurement.

Since October 2013 Diyana Stoinova is Chief Commercial Officer, Member of DZI MB.

She holds two Master’s Degrees - one at the Technical University, Sofia city (1993) in Computer Systems and Management, and another - at the Academy of Economics, Svishtov town (2004) in Insurance; she specialized in Swiss Re and Financial Management at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia.

Over the period 2010 - 2014 she was Member of the Management Board of the Guarantee Fund and Member of the ABI Motor Insurance Commission.

She is fluent in English and Russian.

Supervisory board

of "DZI - General Insurance" EAD and "DZI Life Insurance" EAD

Luc  Popelier
Supervisory Board Chairman

Luc Popelier holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He started his career as an Account Officer in a Corporate Branch – Overpelt (Belgium) of KBC Bank (formerly, Kredietbank N.V.), where he worked over the period 1988 – 1995 reaching Senior Account Officer, CD Corporates position.

Luc Popelier joined UBS – London (formerly Warburg Dillon Read) for the period April 1995 – December 1995 as Associate Director of Credit Risk Management. From January 1996 to September 1999 he held the position of Director Corporate Finance - Leveraged Finance Group at UBS – London (formerly SBC Warburg). In October 1999 he became Executive Director Corporate Finance at KBC Securities N.V. and held this position until September 2002. In October 2002 Popelier became part of the KBC Group N.V. team as General Manager Group Strategy and Business Development. Within the period May 2008 – February 2009 he held the position of General Manager Group Trade Finance at KBC Bank N.V. From March 2009 until August 2009 Mr. Popelier was Managing Director and Member of the Executive Committee of KBC Asset Management N.V., and from September 2009 to May 2011 – CEO of Market Activities and Member of the Executive Committee of KBC Group N.V. In 2011 Luc Popelier took the position of KBC Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, and in 2017 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of International Markets Business Unit of KBC Group N.V.

Johan Daemen
Supervisory Board Chairman

Johan Daemen is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ČSOB Insurance – Czech Republic, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ČSOB Insurance – Slovakia, Director of KBC Group Re, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NLB Vita.

Johan Daemen is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ČSOB Insurance – Czech Republic, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ČSOB Insurance – Slovakia, Director of KBC Group Re, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NLB Vita.

Assoc. Prof. Grigorii  Grigorii Vazov, PhD
Supervisory Board Chairman

Assoc. Prof. Grigorii Vasov, PhD has been Rector of the Higher School of Insurance and Finance (VUZF) since 2008. In 2016 the WUZF Board of Trustees awarded him with the President and Rector Emeritus honorary title. He was VUZF President from 2005 to 2017 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2017.

He is Executive Director of the VUZF Research and Development Laboratory (VUZF LAB) and General Secretary of the High School Rectors’ Council in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Since 2015 he has been Member of the Supervisory Board of DZI - General Insurance JSC and DZI - Life Insurance JSC, part of KBC Group.

In 2015 he was elected Member of the Fiscal Council of Republic of Bulgaria. Between 1998 and 2010 he was Dean of the Finance and Accounting Faculty with the University of National and World Economy.

Since 1994 he has been Managing Director of Vazov Institute EOOD.

From 1991 to 1994 he held the positions of Advisor to the Minister and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Services. He was Member of the Board of Directors of the International Bank for Economic Cooperation, the International Investment Bank and the Bank Consolidation Company.

 

His scientific interests are in the field of Macro-Economics, Finance Theory, Corporate Finance, Management Theory. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, including a monograph, three text books, a series of studies, articles, contributions, reviews, R&D works.

 

He is an Honorary Citizen of Sopot Municipality.