JSC Liberty Bank announces changes in senior management team

Published in Economics
Thursday, 02 June 2022 22:03

JSC Liberty Bank announces the appointment of Mr. George Gvazava as acting Chief Risk Officer effective 3rd of June, 2022.  Mr. Gvazava will take over from Mr. Abashidze.

 Mr. George Gvazavais finance professional with extensive experience in banking and risk management.

Mr. Gvazava has a successful track record of working with the leading financial institutions in Georgia for more than 15 years. Mr. Gvazava started as a Credit Analyst at VTB Bank Georgia and since then held various management and top management positions. Prior to joining JSC Liberty Bank, Mr. Gvazava was the Head of Risk Department at VTB Bank Georgia.

 Mr. Gvazava holds an MBA degree from Edinburgh Business School (EBS).

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    CEO of Liberty Bank Vasil Khodeli commentedI would like to thank EIB and the EU for their continuous support and the confidence they have shown in Liberty Bank. Thanks to the increased loan amount, Liberty Bank will unlock significant additional lending for MSMEs in Georgia. The coronavirus has hit MSMEs very hard and this facility will provide much needed support for our clients to overcome short-term liquidity shortages, maintain jobs and support economic recovery in the upcoming months. The additional multi-currency facility equivalent to GEL 10 million includes the possibility to make financing available in local currency, which provides us with greater flexibility to finance and support wider range of MSME businesses in Georgia. This is also a further sign of our commitment to help businesses of all sizes to get through the turbulent times.”

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