Board of Directors

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Luc Popelier


Luc Popelier is Chairman of KBC Bank Ireland. He has 29 years experience in the financial sector. Between 1988 and 1995 he held various commercial positions within the corporate banking division of Kredietbank. Between 1995 and 1999 he worked at SBC Warburg (now UBS), primarily in the Corporate Finance division.

Luc rejoined the KBC Group in 1999 and assumed responsibility for the M&A advisory team at KBC Securities. In 2002 he became general manager of the Strategy and M&A department of the KBC Group. In 2008 he was appointed as general manager of the Trade Finance division and in 2009 he joined the Executive Committee of KBC Asset Management. That same year, Luc Popelier was appointed to the Executive Committee of the KBC Group where he took responsibility for the market activities of the Merchant Banking unit and for the wind down of all of the legacy market and investment activities.

In 2011 he was appointed as the Group Chief Financial Officer and in 2017 moved to his current position as the CEO of the International Markets Business Unit and the international product factories such as Markets, Asset Management, Trade Finance and KBC Securities. Luc Popelier was appointed Chairman of KBC Bank Ireland in 2017.

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Wim Verbraeken

Chief Executive

Wim Verbraeken is Chief Executive of KBC Bank Ireland. He graduated with a degree in civil engineering and started his career in 1984 as a Career Officer in the Belgian Army as a troop commander of Combat Engineers and subsequently was team leader Chief Engineer on military infrastructure projects. He joined KBC in 1992 as Fund Manager for real estate investments.

During his 25 years working with KBC, Wim has held a number of international assignments and senior management roles including in the Dublin-based project finance unit, Head of Project Finance, the Americas, based in New York, and General Manager, KBC Bank Hong Kong Branch, and more recently Senior Managing Director, with management board responsibility for Credit and ALM in Absolut Bank, Moscow.

He joined KBC Bank Ireland in July 2013 when he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. At this time he also joined the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of KBC Bank Ireland. Wim is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium (Polytechnic Division) (1983) and holds an MBA specialising in Finance and International Management from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1992).

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Des McCarthy

Executive Director

Des McCarthy is Chief Financial Officer of KBC Bank Ireland and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors since May 2014. Des joined KBC in 1991 and has undertaken a number of roles in domestic and international lending for the KBC Group.

Prior to his current role, Des was an Executive Director and Head of Credit of KBC Finance Ireland, the international project finance arm of KBC Group. Des holds a BA in Pure Economics and a Masters in Business Studies specialising in Banking and Finance both from UCD and is a member of the UK Association of Corporate Treasurers.

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Dara Deering

Executive Director

Dara Deering is Executive Director and Head of Retail Banking at KBC Bank Ireland. Dara was appointed Executive Director with responsibility for Retail Banking in KBC Bank Ireland in February 2012. Since joining Dara has led the launch and implementation of a new Retail Bank, broadening the range of products and services available, and offering a new banking alternative for Irish consumers.

In February 2015 Dara also assumed executive responsibility for the Arrears Support Unit in KBC Bank Ireland. Prior to joining KBC Bank Ireland, Dara worked in leadership positions in the retail financial services industry for a number of years. She holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School and a Bachelor of Science Management from Trinity College Dublin.

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Barry D'Arcy

Executive Director

Barry D’Arcy is Chief Risk Officer of KBC Bank Ireland and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Barry joined the Bank in 2011 and has undertaken a number of roles in KBC Bank Ireland including Head of the Finance function of the Bank prior to his current appointment. Barry has more than 21 years’ experience across financial services and industry. Barry is responsible for the risk, compliance and regulatory activity of KBC Bank Ireland. Barry holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Christine Van Rijsseghem

Non-Executive Director

Christine Van Rijsseghem graduated in 1985 from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghent (Belgium). Subsequently she completed an MBA in Financial Sciences at Vlerick Management School in Ghent (Belgium). She started her career at KBC (formerly Kredietbank) in 1987 at the Central Foreign Entities Department. Initially she was responsible for risk management and controlling and international acquisition strategy, and later on became head of that department. In 1994 she was appointed Head of the Credit Department of KBC Bank Ireland (formerly Irish Intercontinental Bank). In 1996 she became CEO of KBC France and in 1999 CEO of KBC’s London branch. From 2000 to 2003 she was Senior General Manager of the Securities & Derivatives Processing Directorate of KBC Group. She was appointed Senior General Manager of KBC Group Finance in 2003 and was appointed Chief Risk Officer of KBC Group and a member of the KBC Group Executive Committee in May 2014. She was appointed to the Board of KBC Bank Ireland in 2014 and is Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee.

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Willem Hueting

Non-Executive Director

Willem Hueting obtained certificates of Organization & Marketing at the Open University of Zwolle in The Netherlands. He is a licensed Insurance Broker SER A and B. Between 1983 and 1988, he worked as underwriter at AMEV – ARDANTA (currently ASR Nederland). From 1988 to 1990, he worked as sales manager at Concordia Life and Pension (currently VIVAT). Between 1990 and 1998, he held various positions (sales manager, product manager investment funds/private banking and project manager) at ABN AMRO Netherlands.

In 1999, Mr Hueting joined ABN AMRO Hungary as Executive Director Marketing and Product Management. In that capacity, he served as the Supervisory Board member at Mebit – insurance company of the ABN AMRO Hungary Group. From 2001 to 2006, he was a member of the Executive Board and Deputy CEO at Raiffeisen International Bank Czech Republic. At the same time, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of its subsidiary Raiffeisen Building Saving Company. Between 2007 and 2009, he was CEO of KBC Consumer Finance IFN SA. Between 2009 and 2012, he was CEO of CSOB (KBC) Insurance Slovakia and Deputy Country Manager CSOB (KBC) Financial Group in the Slovak Republic.

In 2013, he became CEO of Consumer Finance International KBC Group. Currently Mr. Hueting is acting in KBC Group as the Senior General Manager of Group Communities (Business Unit International Markets). Mr Hueting was appointed to the Board of KBC Bank Ireland in 2016 and is Deputy Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Co

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Robert Power

Independent Non-Executive Director

Robert Power was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of KBC Bank Ireland in May 2010. In 1981 Mr. Power joined Cornmarket Group Financial Services Ltd (now an Irish Life Company) which provides personal financial services tailored for members of public sector unions. Mr. Power held a number of senior roles in Sales, Project Management, Marketing and Investments, was appointed Director in 1988 and subsequently Deputy Managing Director. Mr. Power resigned in 2009 in order to focus on his other business interests and to develop Global Schoolroom, an Irish/Indian teacher training NGO of which he is now Chairman. He is a non-executive director of Image Publications Ltd., one of Ireland’s leading magazine publishers, and of Affinity First Ltd. He is also Managing Director of Emeritus Consulting Ltd. which provides financial consultancy services. Mr. Power is a Legal Science graduate of Trinity College (1980), holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics (1981) and is a Certified Bank Director. Mr. Power is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee and the Audit Committee.

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John Malone

Idependent Non-Executive Director

John Malone was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of KBC Bank Ireland in October 2009. Mr. Malone joined the Public Service as an Executive with the Department of Agriculture in 1969. He held many senior roles within the Department of Agriculture culminating in his appointment in 1997 as Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture and Food. Mr. Malone retired from the Public Service in 2005. Mr. Malone has carried out a number of assignments in the public and private sector. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Department of the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister). He is also Chairman of the Irish Equine Foundation CLG and of Meat Technology Ireland. Mr. Malone holds a BA in Politics and Economics from University College Dublin (1974) and is also a Certified Bank Director. Mr. Malone is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee.

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Damian O’Neill

Company Secretary

Damian O’Neill was appointed the Company Secretary of KBC Bank Ireland in January 2010. He joined the Bank in 1990 as a qualified accountant and has held a number of senior positions in Finance, Risk Management and Compliance. He previously worked in PwC and in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors, the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland. He is a Law graduate of UCD and holds a diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD.