The Central and Eastern European Forum 2018

Jozef Sikela

Member of the Management Board for Corporate Banking

Erste Group


Jozef Sikela is a member of the management board for corporate banking at Erste Group. He is a graduate of the University of Economics in Prague, and started his career in 1992 working in the credit risk management department at Creditanstalt AG, Vienna. In 1995 he became the deputy head of the credit risk management division at Creditanstalt a.s. and, in 1999, head of the corporate banking division at Bank Austria a.s, Czech Republic. In 2001, Síkela joined Erste Group as director of corporate customers in Česká spořitelna. He was appointed by Erste Bank Ukraine in 2007, first as deputy CEO and later as CEO and chairman of the board of directors where his responsibility included corporate banking and financial markets. In June 2010 Jozef Síkela was elected CEO and CRO of Slovenská sporiteľňa. Under his management the bank was able to retain and improve its market shares and repeatedly received prestigious awards as the best bank in Slovakia. Síkela has been serving as management board member of Erste Group Bank AG as of January 2015. In his role he is responsible for group corporates, group commercial real estate, group markets, operating office corporates and markets as well as group research.


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