Management Board

Christian Canacaris

Mr. Christian Canacaris is currently Chief Executive Officer of Raiffeisen Bank in Albania. He holds this position since October 2010. He is a highly experienced banker with a lot of years spent in CEE countries and emerging markets in Board Member positions. Mr. Canacaris has a long career in Treasury and Capital Markets.

Mr. Canacaris joined Raiffeisen Bank in April 2004 as Board Member for Treasury, Investment Banking and Capital Markets. From February 2010 until October 2015 he was also in charge of Corporate Banking at Board level, too.

During his long banking career, he has held managing positions at RZB Krekova Bank, at Raiffeisen Bank Maribor Slovenia, Raiffeisen Bank Romania, National Bank of Greece S.A in Bucharest, Romania, National Bank of Greece S.A, Paris, Phoenix Bank, Paris, etc.

Mr. Canacaris graduated from the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne, in European and Enterprise Finance. He also has a master’s degree in Econometrics and Applied Mathematics and Statistics and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Alexander Zsolnai

Alexander Zsolnai joined Raiffeisen Bank in March 2010 as Board Member for Finance and Risk. He was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Management Board on 1 October 2010 in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Finance Officer and Chief Risk Officer. 

Mr. Zsolnai has several banking and executive experiences. He has held the position of Board Member and CFO & CRO at Raiffeisenbank BiH d.d., Sarajevo, CEO of HVB-Central Profit Banka d.d., Sarajevo and Advisor to SEE Region for the establishment of regional sales controlling, Head of Branch Network Development in the business division branch network (joint management organisation with PSK / Austrian Post Bank), etc.

Mr. Zsolnai graduated from Vienna University with a degree in Business Administration and he has several qualifications in strategic and operative development of new markets / business fields, design and implementation of change and innovation processes, development of sales channels, especially branch networks, Risk-management processes and organisation, managing people and organisations, especially in a complex environment, etc.

Elona Mullahi (Koçi)

Mrs. Mullahi (Koçi) is Board Member for Corporate and SE business since October 2015. She has more than 13 years of experience in the banking system. Mrs. Mullahi has deep knowledge of Corporate Banking, SE banking, Credit Risk and most of other business and support functions in the banking industry.

Mrs. Mullahi (Koçi) joined Raiffeisen Bank in 2004. She headed the Department of Public Institutions & Central and Local Government from 2004 until 2009. Since 2010 she has headed the Non-Retail business segment that includes Domestic Corporate and International Corporate, Small Companies, all Local and Central Government Institutions, other Public Sector Entities, Financial Institutions (i.e. FI-s non-banks, insurance companies, brokers, and leasing companies) and NGOs.

In addition, Mrs. Mullahi (Koçi) has a long experience and has worked in managerial positions at the American Bank of Albania, National Bank of Greece, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Ministry of Finance, etc.

Elona Mullahi (Koci) is also Member of Bank’s Credit Committee. She also held the position of the Member of Supervisory Board of Raiffeisen Leasing from 2010 until 2015 and the position of Member of the Supervisory Board of Raiffeisen Invest from 2011 until 2014.

Egon Lerchster

Egon Lerchster joined Raiffeisen Bank in September 2017 as Board member in charge of IT and Operations.

Egon Lerchster started at Raiffeisen in 1998 as IT Auditor. Between 2000 and 2012, he acted as Head of IT Audit of Raiffeisen Zentralbank AG being also responsible to set up IT Audit functions overall the group and developing a group-wide standardized working audit software, including standardized audit reporting. 2012, Lerchster took over the Internal Audit division of Raiffeisen Bank International AG including management responsibility for all audit activities towards the Board of Management, the Supervisory Board, the European Central Bank and external auditors.

Egon Lerchster holds a degree in Social and Economic Sciences (Mag. rer.soc.oec) from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. During his more than 20 years engagement for Raiffeisen he has complemented his expertise with several additional certifications in project management, process management and –process-reengineering.

Lyubomir Punchev

Lyubomir Punchev joined Raiffeisen bank Albania in July 2019 as a Management Board member, responsible for the Retail business. 

Mr. Punchev started his banking career more than 26 years ago and has extensive experience in branch management, network sales, retail and SME banking and consumer finance. His executive management began in 2001 in Bulbank, UniCredit group, the biggest Bulgarian bank, where and when he was responsible for the start of the entire retail and SME operation of the institution, being now considered as number one retail and SME franchise in Bulgaria. Further on, his career moved him to Management board positions in UniCredit Bulbank and UniCredit Consumer financing, Bulgaria. In 2011 he started his international career by taking Head of Retail and SME sales position for entire CEE region of Bank Austria, UniCredit Group, moving further to Board Member Retail banking in Ukrsotsbank/UniCredit Ukraine. From 2016 till his present appointment, Mr. Punchev was Executive director of Piraeusbank Bulgaria, again mainly with Retail and SME responsibility.

Mr. Punchev graduated from University of National and World Economy in Sofia with a Master’s degree in International Economic Relations. He is a graduate of many executive programs of UniCredit, as well as of the Banking Institute, subsidiary of University of Manchester. In 2011 he obtained his Executive MBA grades from TRIUM, a Financial Times top 3 rated international EMBA program of London School of Economics (LSE), HSE University, Paris and New York University, Stern School of Business.