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Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team includes:

Samer Hanna

Samer Hanna , Group Chief Executive Officer – (Chairman of the Board)

An active entrepreneur in the Information Technology industry for more than 22 years, Samer is the Co-founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Capital Banking Solutions. He has been active in the Financial Technology sector since 2006, leading the success of Capital Banking Solutions as an industry leader and a global player through lightening organic growth and three major acquisitions. Prior to that, Samer has co-founded and led Capital-Outsourcing, a pioneer in the IT Outsourcing and Business Process Outsourcing industries. Samer has also co-founded, invested in, and sits on the board of several startups in the MENA region, spanning a range of industries, including technology, real estate, and hospitality (Orange Holding). Samer is a member of several industry associations. 

Michel TueniMichel Tueni 

Michel Tueni, Group Chief Operating Officer – (Board Member)

As Group COO , Michel manages operations with responsibility toward achieving growth and ensuring profitability. Michel has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in business and IT bringing a rich and diversified background. Prior to joining Capital Banking Solutions in 2008, Michel was associated partner and shareholder of Valoris, a European consultancy CRM and Business Intelligence firm, now part of Sopra Group, as well as founder of a French IT company CEDRIA. At Valoris he started as Director of Operations and moved to the BENELUX as a Managing Director developing the company’s subsidiary and was later appointed as MD of Sopra Belgium when the latter acquired Valoris.   

Aziz Akl

 

Aziz Akl, Group Chief Financial Officer – (Board Member)

As Group CFO, Aziz oversees the financial planning and analysis, business support, internal controls and group support functions. He also provides strategic and tactical information related to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and the securing of new funding. Aziz has over 15 years of experience building and leading finance teams in global companies with result and profitability oriented objectives. He joined Capital Banking Solutions in 2009, having previously been CFO at Strong Satellite TV Europe, Finance Manager at Virgin Megastores and an External Auditor at Ernst & Young.  Aziz holds a Masters in Business Administration from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA).

Nikos Goutsoulas

Nikos Goutsoulas, Group Chief Commercial Officer

As Group CCO, Nikos is in charge of building and maintaining high-level contacts with current & prospective customers, and other business partners. He is also in charge of facilitating global business growth and developing Group-wide marketing strategies. He has over 27 of years experience in the Management of information systems for financial institutions, where he was involved in different types of banking complex transformation programs. He was with the Oracle Financial Services for 15 years, where he occupied the position of Regional Vice President. In addition, he was responsible for the Consulting Services of the Financial Services Global Business Unit in the EMEA region. Before that, he managed his own company for 10 years. Nikos holds a Masters in Software Engineering from Boston University and a PHD from the City University of London.

Nohad Koleilat

Nohad Koleilat, Group Chief Technology Officer 

As Group CTO, Nohad is in charge of examining the short and long-term technology needs of CBS and aligning resources and investments to reach objectives. He is also in charge of delivering products and systems of the highest quality and reliability. Nohad has over 24 years of experience in information system consultancy, he was involved in transformation projects for companies in different sectors as banking, aerospace and retail. He worked for major European and International companies in the field of digital transformation, consolidation and management of data centers and the migration to the different types of cloud. Nohad holds a Software Engineering degree from Alger University.

Bud Zehil

Bud Zehil, Director of Operations  – Americas

As Director of Operations for the Americas, Bud is currently managing a big portfolio of clients in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also in charge of the business development and the operations in the region. He is the chief architect of the PowerBanker (Formerly BankMate) product line and led its development and deployment in over 19 countries.  He has over 30 years of banking experience with wholesale, retail and corporate financial institutions. Bud holds a Ph.D in Astrophysics and Geophysics from the University of Paris, France.

Christophe Brisson

Christophe Brisson, Director of Operations – Europe

As Director of Operations for Europe, Christophe is in charge of the business development and the operations within the continent. He is also managing the front office product line. He has over 25 years of experience in the software industry. He joined Capital Banking Solutions Monaco (formerly named Tekline) as Managing Director Europe in 2005 to develop its Banking Front-Office product. He previously worked with the founders of Cartesis, as Head of Consulting, Head of French Operations and Head of European and Japan Operations. Christophe graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and holds a Law Degree from Paris II Assas.

George Ghaoui

George Ghaoui, Director of Operations  Middle East & North Africa

As Director of Operations for Middle East and North Africa, George is currently managing the professional service team of this region. He is also in charge of the business development and the operations. He has over 25 years of experience in the Banking and Financial industry. He joined Capital Banking Solution in 2002 after many achievements with HP’s representative in Lebanon and Danish Computer Company in Kuwait. George holds an Executive MBA from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) and a Masters in Computer Science from Jean Moulin University Lyon III.

Elie Zougheib

 

Elie Zoghaib, Director of Operations  Africa

As the Director of Operations for Africa, Elie is in charge of the business development and the operations with customers across the continent. He has over 19 years of experience in the field as well as a strong background in the banking market – in particularly across Africa and Europe. He joined Capital Banking Solution in 2000. He previously worked at Bank Saradar France in the department of Foreign Exchange and Treasury. Elie holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Paris VIII.

David Ghoussoub

David Ghoussoub, Director of R&D  PowerBanker 

As Director of R&D in charge of the PowerBanker product line, David is in charge of the development of the product and its strategy. He has over 25 years of IT experience covering all aspect of developing core banking, internet banking, phone banking and security and middleware solutions. He was the leader in enabling the next generation solutions using the latest state of the art technologies. He has helped banks and government institutions across the US, Canada, Caribbean, South America and Middle East with all aspects of the project lifecycle from requirements gathering to development to training and support.

May Pelpel

May Pelpel, Director of R&D  CapitalBanker 

As director of R&D, May is in charge of the Capital Banker product line. She has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry and held the positions of General Manager R&D at Arcane Technologies, Executive Manager at Banque Saradar France and CIO/ Project Manager at Indosuez Group. She participated in the creation of the Bank Saradar France in Paris, the creation of the Market Operations Management department within the Saradar Bank, and the development of IT tools for managing market operations. May holds a PHD in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Paris VI Jussieux.

Jacques Salame

Jacques Salamé, Director of Services & Support 

As Director of the Services & Support, Jacques is in charge of cross planning and staffing optimization, resource skills and needs management, quality and delivery procedures. He also monitors the utilization and billing rates, projects progress and profitability.

He has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry. He previously managed departments focused on stock market, bonds and derivatives, forex, securities, treasury management and credit management for Banque Saradar France SA and Bank Audi. Jacques holds a Masters in International Finance from University Saint Joseph– Lebanon.

 

As Director of Operations for the Americas, Bud is currently managing a big portfolio of clients in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also in charge of the business development and the operations in the region. He is the chief architect of the PowerBanker (Formerly BankMate) product line and led its development and deployment in over 19 countries.  He has over 30 years of banking experience with wholesale, retail and corporate financial institutions. Bud holds a Ph.D in Astrophysics and Geophysics from the University of Paris, France.

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