Andreas Treichl has been Chief Executive Officer of Erste Group Bank AG since 1997. Under his leadership and initiative, the bank, which had been a local savings bank up to then, expanded into a leading financial services provider in Central and Eastern Europe with more than 16 million customers in 7 countries. Andreas Treichl established the ERSTE Foundation, which supports various social development and sustainability projects across Central- and Eastern Europe. He was Chairman of the Board until 2012 and is Member of the Advisory Board since 2013. He also launched numerous initiatives for social development and sustainability, e.g. good.bee and Zweite Sparkasse, enabling access to financial services for disadvantaged target groups.
Founded in 1819 as the first Austrian savings bank, Erste Group went public in 1997 with a strategy to expand its retail business into Central and Eastern Europe. Since then Erste Group has grown through numerous acquisitions and organically to become one of the largest financial services providers in the Eastern part of the EU in terms of clients and total assets.