About Expobank

Profile of Expobank CZ a.s. | History | Owner | Management | Sponsorship

Profile of Expobank CZ a.s.

Welcome to Expobank – the Bank that excels in providing its local and international clients with best-in-class saving and investment products as well as with excessive support for cross-border transactions. We naturally make both local and cross-border intellectually-driven solutions simple and efficient in execution for our Corporate, Private and International Banking clients. Expobank clients benefit from experienced senior bankers, long-lasting local know-how of the Czech market (we were formerly known as LBBW CZ a.s.), an international management team, Expobank sister companies abroad and 20 years of successful, intelligent business conduct of its major shareholder Mr. Igor Kim, as he has wide experience from numerous demanding markets and with cooperation with globally respected international organizations (including the EBRD, IFC, KfW Bankengruppe and others). Partnering with Expobank means partnering with the Team which highly respects each client’s individuality, with the Bank where services are tailored for Your growth. It means partnering with the Bank for You.

Sister banks and subsidiary companies

Expobank, LLC (Russia), Expobank AS (Latvia)and Expobank a.d. Beograd (Serbia). Subsidiaries of the bank: East Portfolio, s.r.o.


The Bank is well-established in the Czech market as it has been present there since 1991. Over the years, it has been recognized as a modern and universal commercial bank, providing top-class services and reacting promptly to the needs of corporate, private and affluent individual clients. In the past, the bank has changed both its shareholder and its name. In the Czech market the bank was known as BAWAG Bank CZ a.s., since 2008 it was known under the name LBBW Bank CZ a.s. as a subsidiary of the German LBBW. Igor Kim became the majority shareholder of Expobank CZ as of 1. 12. 2014, thus ending the transition period.

Majority shareholder – Igor Kim

The majority shareholder of Expobank CZ is Mr Igor Kim, a strategic investor active in the Russian and European banking sector with more than 20 years of successful business experience in banking and whose success is a result of smart investments in the past and intelligent business conduct with no connections to politics. He has been awarded the Banker of the Year in Russia both in 2003 and in 2009.


Board of Directors

Ilya Mitelman

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Member since 27. 3. 2017

Sridhar Cadambi
Sridhar Cadambi

Member of the Board of Directors

Member since 14. 5. 2018

Martin Kubíček
Martin Kubíček

Member of the Board of Directors

Member since 25. 3. 2019

Martin Provazník
Martin Provazník

Member of the Board of Directors

Member since 1. 9. 2019

Supervisory Board

Igor Kim

Chairman since 25. 3. 2019

Member since 20. 3. 2019

Kirill Nifontov

Vice-Chairman since 25. 3. 2019

Member since 20. 3. 2019


John McNaughton

Member since 20. 3. 2019

Jyrki Ilmari Koskelo

Member since 20. 3. 2019

Jiří Schwarz

Member since 22. 10. 2015

Alexei Sannikov

Member since 15. 12. 2017

Lubomír Lízal

Member since 1. 5. 2018


Members of the Audit Committee of Expobank CZ a.s.

Ladislav Langr

Member since 21. 1. 2019

(8. 2. 2019 elected Chairman of the Audit Committee)

Date of birth: 18. 4. 1950

Květnového vítězství 496/82, 149 00 Praha 4 – Háje

John McNaughton

Member since 21. 1. 2019 (8. 2. 2019 elected Vice-Chairman of the Audit Committee)

Date of birth: 28. 4. 1967

107078 Moscow, Kalančevskaja 2 st., Building 2, Russian Federation

Jiří Schwarz

Member since 28. 4. 2016

Date of birth: 25. 4. 1960

U Hřiště 418, 741 01 Nový Jičín

Sponsorship Activities

At Expobank CZ a.s. we believe that our global commercial commitment means responsibility not only towards our clients, employees and business partners, but also towards society and those in need. We understand the importance of the various charities and non-profit cultural or humanitarian events. Therefore, Expobank CZ a.s. actively supports those who are not fortunate enough to have the same “starting conditions” and need a helping hand. We contribute to several foundations, participate in many charity projects and promote both cultural and sport activities.

Supported areas of sponsorship activities

Národní ústav pro autismus, z.ú

Expobank CZ a.s. has been its General partner since 2007. The Bank’s financial donation covers provision of personal assistance, respite, and relief services to people, in particular children, with autistic spectrum disorders who live in the Czech Republic. These services include escorting children to and from school, extracurricular activities, sporting and other leisure activities. The relief and assistance program is of invaluable help for the child’s family, especially at times when they are for whatever reason unable to fully devote their time to the needs of their child, e.g. because they have appointments with public authorities or must visit a doctor. The project also offers this service for times in which parents need to relax and take time for themselves or for a healthy sibling who often “plays second fiddle”, or simply to “recharge their batteries”.

Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra

Since January 2018 Expobank CZ is proud of its partnership with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the leading and oldest Czech orchestral ensembles. Thanks to its creative dramatic art and an ever-growing artistic level, the orchestra has taken a significant place in the concert life of the Czech Republic. In addition, the orchestra is a welcome guest at foreign concert halls.   The beginning of the orchestra tradition in 1926 is connected with the launch of radio journal broadcasting. After 1945, the ensemble was transformed into a large symphony orchestra led by a principal conductor Karl Ancherl. Listeners can purchase a season ticket to the concerts of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Radio in the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum and in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House. The orchestra is a frequent guest at important cultural events and music festivals, such as Prague Spring, Smetanova Litomyšl, Cesky Krumlov, Dvořák Prague, Moravian Autumn and others.


In 2019 Expobank CZ has become a partner of the non-profit organization Adventor, which provides comprehensive support to the autistic community. Among other things, Adventor organizes therapeutic and counseling assistance for children and adults with autism, assists in the preparation of documents related to legislative changes in the field of social health and operates a sheltered workshop. Unique thing about Adventor is that it involves people with autism in activities of the non-profit organization.  

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