The Central and Eastern European Forum 2018

Zdenek Turek

Chief Executive Officer / Country Officer – Ireland and Europe Cluster Head

Citibank Europe Plc / Citi


Zdenek Turek is the chief executive officer of Citibank Europe Plc, a pan-European bank headquartered in Ireland with operations in 21 countries across the region, with a balance sheet of approximately EUR 50bn and 9,000 employees. Based in Dublin, Zdenek also holds the position of Citi country officer for Ireland, which employs 2,500 people, as well as Europe cluster head, which includes 25 countries across the region. Zdenek joined Citi in his native Czech Republic in 1991 where he held a number of banking and corporate finance management roles, before moving to Citi Romania in 1998 as Citi country officer. In 2002, Zdenek became Citi country officer for Hungary while also overseeing the Central European cluster of five countries including Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Bulgaria. In 2005, Zdenek was appointed Citi country officer for South Africa and division head for Africa with responsibility for the bank’s business in the 16 countries of Citi operations in this region, based in Johannesburg. In 2008, Zdenek joined Citi Russia as Citi country officer and served as CEO of Central and Eastern Europe, which included eight countries across the region. Zdenek moved from Moscow to London in 2013, where he took on the role of Western Europe cluster head and subsequently EMEA corporate banking head. Before joining Citi, Zdenek worked for the Central Bank of Czechoslovakia and A.I.C., a management consulting company. He graduated with an MA in finance and banking from University of Economics, Prague in 1986. His further studies included the advanced management development programme at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and the executive MBA programme at INSEAD, from which he graduated in 2010.


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