Board of Directors
Senior Vice-President – International Development Natcan International Investments (National Bank of Canada)
Mr. Yves Jacquot graduated from ESSEC in France. Between 1980 and 1993, he occupied different positions, including the position of CEO in different banks and financial institutions in France, as well as in retail banking sector, investment and financial markets sectors and asset management sector.
He entered BRED Banque Populaire in 1993 and then became the deputy CEO of the Bank and CEO of COFIBRED, the holding company owning the subsidiaries of the group.
Yves was notably the supervisor of the finance, IT, all the Back offices, and the general administration departments of the bank. In addition, he took the vice-chairman position of the Credit Committees and Chairman of the Finance Committee, as well as the Risk management Committee for the subsidiaries. He supervised the prominent activities of the bank in the payment sector and was in charge of the innovation experiences.
Mr. Jacquot also promoted and managed the external growth of the Group in both France and French overseas territories in European, Asian Pacific, and African areas.
Yves joined the Board of Directors of ABA Bank in 2014.
André BérardAdvisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors
André Bérard is a career banker. He dedicated his entire professional life to National Bank of Canada, rising through the ranks to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank from 1989 to 2002, and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1990 to 2003. Leading up to his years at the Bank’s helm, he held several senior management positions, including Senior Vice-President and General Manager – International; Executive Vice-President – National Accounts; and Senior Executive Vice-President – Banking.
Deeply involved with the community, he has chaired many fundraising campaigns over the years.
Mr. Bérard has received numerous awards and distinctions. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995 and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec in 2000. In 2015, André Bérard was inducted as a Companion of the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame for his enduring contributions to the country’s economy and society.
André Bérard serves on a number of corporate boards. In April 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of ABA Bank where he served until his stand down in December 2019. Considering Mr. Bérard’s significant contribution to the work of the Board of Directors in the recent years and his prominent experience in the management of financial institutions such as National Bank of Canada, he was nominated as Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABA Bank.
Dominic JacquesMember of the Board of DirectorsNon-Executive Director
Deputy Vice-President, International Development (National Bank of Canada)
Dominic Jacques is a graduate of HEC in Canada. He is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Jacques holds the position of Deputy Vice-President, International Development at National Bank of Canada. As such, he is responsible for managing the Bank’s portfolio of international investments as well as developing ancillary business opportunities.
Mr. Jacques started his career as an auditor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He was appointed Senior Manager, Transaction Services in 2008. As such, he was responsible for due diligence, valuation and M&A advisory. Mr. Jacques joined National Bank of Canada in 2010 as Senior Manager in the Strategy and Corporate Development team. In this capacity, he was advising the Bank’s senior management on strategic initiatives, partnerships and M&A activities.
Mr. Jacques has a sound knowledge of the banking industry, having spent 15 years advising financial institutions on transactions and partnerships. Over the years, he has been based in Montreal, London, Paris and in the Silicon Valley (USA).
In 2016, Mr. Jacques was appointed to the Board of Directors of ABA Bank.
Madi AkmambetMember of the Board of DirectorsExecutive Director
Madi Akmambet holds an Executive MBA with distinction from Cass Business School, City University London (2013) and a degree in Economics from Kazakh State Academy of Management (1996).
He started his career in 1997 in Treasury Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan and then Banking Supervision Department of the National Bank of Kazakhstan.
Between 2000 and 2007, he held top management positions at several national companies, the Financial Institutions’ Association and commercial banks in Kazakhstan.
His international working experience started in 2007 with business projects in Uzbekistan run by the Kazakhstan-based private equity firm Visor Holding.
In March 2009, Madi was appointed the CEO of ABA Bank in Cambodia, where he had led a major turnaround of the Bank.
Since 2012, he has been the Executive Director of the Board of Directors of ABA.
Martin OuelletMember of the Board of DirectorsNon-Executive Director
Having graduated from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal, Martin Ouellet is a treasury management specialist, actively involved in the management of liquidity and funding and in the management of financial risks related to interest rates and foreign exchange. After starting his career in 1977 with Crédit Foncier Franco-Canadien and then Bank of Montreal, he worked for more than 30 years at National Bank of Canada, where he raised to the position of Senior Vice-President and Corporate Treasurer. He held positions in Montreal, Toronto and London.
Martin now acts as a corporate director. In that capacity, he served on the board or advisory board of various institutions, of which the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council (Canada), and Assurance-vie Banque Nationale. He is a member of the board and Chair of the Risk & Capital Committee of Haventree Bank, a Canadian chartered bank specializing in alternative residential mortgage lending. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada).
Martin is a member of the Honour Circle of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
He joined the Board of Directors of ABA Bank in 2019.
Christian St-ArnaudMember of the Board of DirectorsNon-Executive Director
Mr. Christian St-Arnaud graduated from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal, Canada. Between 1983 and 2009, he occupied different positions in international and Canadian financial institutions in Canada, with a focus on credit capital market.
He joined National Bank of Canada in 2009 as Vice-President – Credit capital market and real estate and was appointed Senior Vice-President – Credit in 2012, overseeing all retail, commercial, and financial market credit activities of the Bank, including adjudication, portfolio management, and credit model development. He was also a member of numerous senior committees of the Bank, including the Global risk committee, the Risk management committee and the Model oversight committee.
In 2020, Mr. St-Arnaud was appointed to the Board of Directors of ABA Bank.
Paolo PizzutoMember of the Board of DirectorsNon-Executive Director
Paolo Pizzuto graduated from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2003, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
A career banker, he joined National Bank of Canada in 1986 where he occupied several managerial positions within the organization until 2001, when he was appointed Vice-President Sales and Service.
Over the following years, he was assigned several executive functions that spanned across Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Payment Solutions, Process and IT Transformation.
From 2009 to 2015, he was responsible for reengineering key end to end processes across multiple lines of business by introducing new origination platforms and automated workflows, and led several modernization programs to improve Bank-wide efficiency and customer experience.
Since 2015, Pizzuto holds the position of Senior Vice-President, Retail Banking across Canada. He also occupies the role of Chairman of the Board of Natbank, a US bank in the state of Florida and has been an acting governor for the Canadian Italian Foundation since 2004.
Paolo Pizzuto joined the Board of Directors of ABA Bank in 2020.
Guy QuadenMember of the Board of DirectorsIndependent Director
Guy Quaden graduated in economic and social sciences from the University of Liège (Belgium) and La Sorbonne (France). He obtained a PhD in economics at the University of Liège in 1973.
Quaden started his academic career as Full Professor at the University of Liège in 1977. In 1987-88, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Economy, Management and Social Sciences.
Between 1988 and 1996, he was a member of the Board of the National Bank of Belgium and later was appointed as General Commissioner for the Euro of the Belgian government. After successfully accomplishing this role, Quaden became the Governor of the National Bank of Belgium (the central bank of the country) from 1999 until 2011. During the same period, he was a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, IMF Governor for Belgium, and member of the Board of the Bank of International Settlements.
Quaden holds the medal of «Officier de la Légion d’honneur» from the French President Chirac (2001) and a nobility title from King Albert II of Belgium (2007).
Quaden joined the Board of Directors of ABA Bank in 2019.
Henri CalvetMember of the Board of DirectorsIndependent Director
Qualifications: Graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and University degree (Economics, Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne).
Henri Calvet is the founder of H2C CONSEIL, a company offering advisory and training services to credit institutions and securities firms, in the main following fields: banking accounting, prudential rules, internal control (including risk management and compliance control).
Prior to setting up his own business, Mr. Calvet had spent 10 years with the French Banking Commission and had later worked for numerous banks, namely, BRED-BANQUE POPULAIRE, Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild Banque and Compagnie Parisienne de Reescompte, inter-alia.
Henri Calvet joined the Board of Directors of ABA Bank in 2016.
Etienne ChenevierMember of the Board of DirectorsIndependent Director
A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in France, Etienne started his career at the French Ministry of Industry (notably as head of the Foreign Investments Bureau). Etienne then joined the Air Liquide Group where he created in 1993 the first operations in China before being given responsibility of large supply contracts of industrial gases to the steel sector in Asia. After that, Etienne joined Rio Tinto where he directed the Asia Division of a subsidiary, which led him to create, develop and manage a number of operations in Singapore, Australia, China and Japan.
He then partnered with the French Private Equity firm CityStar to create their Asian Division in 2005, of which he is Partner and Director. CityStar Private Equity Asia develops today several large investment projects in Cambodia in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Etienne has been living in Asia for 21 years and is based in Singapore and Cambodia.
In 2014, Etienne was appointed as the member of the Board of Directors in ABA Bank.