Corporate Governance

We are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance. The Board takes seriously its responsibility for promoting the Group’s core values and for ensuring that all employees are aware of their responsibility to conduct themselves in accordance with high standards of business integrity. In accordance with Hungarian law, Waberer’s has a two-tier management and oversight structure comprising the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board. The Board of Directors is responsible for the executive management of the Company and represents it in relation to third parties. The Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising the Board of Directors and the management of the Company, protecting the interests of shareholders. It is also responsible for the internal controls of the Company.

Board of Directors

Ferenc Lajkó, Chief Executive Officer (operational member)

Mr. Ferenc Lajkó has been an operative member of the Board of Directors since 2017. He is currently working for the company as Chief Executive Officer. Previously he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Transport at Waberer’s International Zrt. Following his studies, he started working as a Sales representative in 1997, first employed by Hungarocamion Rt., thereafter Volán Camion, and Volán Tefu. Mr. Lajkó holds an Economist manager (BSc) degree and Transportation manager (BSc) degree from the Széchenyi University of Győr. The board member holds 12559 pieces of ordinary shares.


Barna Erdélyi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (operational member)

Mr. Barna Erdélyi has been an operative member of the Board of Directors since 2017. He is currently working for the company as General Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Previously Mr. Erdélyi was working for among others MÁV Group and PwC. He started his professional career in IFUA Horváth & Partners Kft. as an advisor in 2001. Mr. Erdélyi has a (MSc) degree in Economics from the Budapest University of Economics.


Gerard van Kesteren, Chairman of the Board (non-operational (external) member)

Mr. van Kesteren is a non-operative member of the Board of Directors since 2016. Mr. van Kesteren is also a member of the board of directors of Planzer Switzerland, Raben Holland and Janel Corporation (USA). He is a senior advisor in Astor Place Holdings (USA) and McKinsey & Company and also the chairman of CFO Circle Switzerland. Mr. van Kesteren started his professional career in Sara Lee Corporation in 1972 where he held different positions. He was financial controller and chief financial officer of Kühne + Nagel International AG. Mr. van Kesteren has a degree in economics and accountancy from the Hogeschool van Arnhem, the Netherlands. The board member holds 3049 pieces of ordinary shares.


Robert Knorr (non-operational (external) member)

Robert Knorr is a Co-Managing Partner of Mid Europa Partners, a leading buyout investor focused on the growth markets of Central and Eastern Europe. Robert holds a B.A. in Economics and Business from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and a Masters in Finance from London Business School. Robert has been with Mid Europa since the inception of the firm in 1999. He serves as a member of Mid Europa’s Investment Committee, co-chair’s the firm’s Management Committee and heads Mid Europa’s Retail and Consumer practice. Prior to joining Mid Europa, Robert worked with Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank in London and Milan. Robert is on the board of directors of Allegro, Profi and Moji Brendovi Group.


Dr. Péter Lakatos (non-operational (external) member)

Dr. Lakatos has joined the Board of Directors of Waberer’s in 2016, as a non-operative member. He is a leading lawyer in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters, a trial lawyer and an expert of regulated sectors. He has represented some of the largest telecommunication companies in relation to their activities in Hungary. He holds a Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law and Politics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and has an LL.M. Degree from George Washington University, USA.

Csanád Dániel (non-operational (external) member)

Mr Daniel is a principal of Mid Europa Partners. Prior to joining Mid Europa, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley in Frankfurt and on the restructuring of portfolio companies at Audax Group in Germany. Previously, he was with Deutsche Bank in its M&A department in Frankfurt.

 

Members of the Supervisory Board

David William Moffat Thompson

Mr. Thompson was employed by KPMG for 42 years in various positions until 2014 mainly in the field of audit services, including 22 years as a partner in KPMG’s Budapest office and 12 years as a member of the Management Board of the Hungarian member firm of KPMG. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Curatorium of the Robert Burns International Foundation, a registered charity in Hungary.


Dr. Zoltán György Bodnár

Dr. Bodnár has been a member of the Supervisory Board and Audit Committee since 2017. Previously he was CEO of Hungarian Export-Import Bank Pte Ltd, he was working for among others CIB Bank, National Motorway Ltd., also served as deputy governor of National Bank of Hungary. He started his professional career as Associate Professor at the Financial Law Department of the Law Faculty of Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest. Dr. Bodnár has PhD in State and Law Sciences from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Master of State and Law Sciences Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.


Gábor Béla Nagy

Mr. Nagy has been member of the Supervisory Board since 2017. Previously he was CEO at MFB Invest Zrt. and Head of Corporate Finance at Raiffeisen Bank Zrt. He has hold different positions in Citibank, ING, OTP Bank Nyrt. and Raiffeisen Bank. He holds a degree in Business Law from Eötvös Loránd University of Law and degree in Economics from College for Foreign Trade, Budapest.


Philip Antony Marshall

Mr. Marshall has been a member of the Supervisory Board and Audit Committee since 2017. Previously he was Non-Executive Director at Photonstar Plc, while also working for Wood Mckenzie (PE backed business) and General Electric, including CEO of their EMEA Consumer & Industrial Solutions business headquartered in Hungary. He currently has the role of Chief Financial Officer and Board Member of Exova Plc. He started his professional career as a finance analyst at International Computers Limited in England. He holds a (BSc) degree of Accounting from University of West London.


Sándor Székely

Mr. Székely has been member of the Supervisory Board since 1999 (started in the predecessor Company) as an employee representative. He is currently working for the company as the president of the European Trade Union of Cargo Carriers. He holds several positions in different trade unions, for instance he is co-president of the National Federation of Transportation Trade Unions, member of the board of the Association of the Hungarian Trade Unions, elected member of the Public Freight Forwarding Section Committee at the European Transport Workers Federation. He started his professional career at Hungarocamion and was assessor at Budapest Court of Public Administration and Labour. Mr Székely has an automotive technology degree from Ihász Dániel High School of Automobile Technicians. The Supervisory Board member holds 348 pieces of ordinary shares.


Mária Szalainé Kazuska

Mrs. Kazuska has been member of the Supervisory Board since 2017 as an employee representative. She is currently working for the company as financial officer of Trade Union of Cargo Carriers. Previously she was employed by Hungarocamion Rt., SZK-Ker Bt., Hungaro-Flott Kft. She started her professional career as statistician at Malév airline. She holds a graduation from Teleki Blanka High School of Economics. The Supervisory Board member holds 692 pieces of ordinary shares.

Audit Committee

David William Moffat Thompson
Philip Antony Marshall
Dr. Zoltán György Bodnár

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Gerard van Kesteren
Gábor Béla Nagy
David William Moffat Thompson

 

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