Petr Smida

Petr Smida

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Member of the Board of Directors of ABH Holdings S.A.

Petr Smida has been elected to the Board of Directors (BoD) in 2003. He was raised to the position of Chairman of the BoD in October 2011.

Petr worked as a CEO and in other roles on the BoD between 2003-2008. During his tenure as a CEO of Alfa-Bank, the Bank increased its balance sheet six-fold. Furthermore, Alfa-Bank during Petr’s leadership developed strong national Retail banking franchise as well as expanded its Corporate and Investment banking operations. In recognition of this successful period, the Euromoney magazine named Alfa-Bank the ‘Best Bank in Russia’ in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Prior to joining Alfa-Bank in November 2003, Petr Smida served as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of GE Capital Bank based in Prague as well as Senior Vice-President at GE Consumer Finance, Connecticut, USA.

As Chairman in Alfa-Bank, his responsibilities include not only the Leadership of the Board of Directors and the overall Bank strategy, but also talent development.

Outside of the banking world Petr Smida is also a private investor mainly based in Prague, Czech Republic.


15 Feb 2006A resurgence without risk — Ben Aris, The  Banker
04 Apr 2004Can Alfa Be The Alpha Dog? — Jason Bush, BusinessWeek