Sberbank hires banker from Summa Group to run HNWI unit

By Andrei Skvarsky.

Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, has hired Evgenia Tyurikova from Russian private investment company Summa Group to run the unit providing services for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).

Tyurikova, whose career in financial services spans more than two decades, took the helm at Sberbank Private Banking yesterday, Sberbank said in a statement.

She had been chief financial officer at Summa since 2009. Summa is a group of companies which have investments in the port logistics, engineering, construction, telecommunications, oil and gas sectors, and are present in nearly 40 Russian regions and abroad, employing more than 25,000 people.

Before joining Summa, Tyurikova was head of finance at Bermuda-based oil company West Siberian Resources and chief financial officer at Russia’s Kommersant publishing house. She began her career at BFG-Credit bank in 1994, the year the Russian lender was founded, and was its chief financial officer when she left it.

“The premium brand Sberbank Private Banking was established at the Bank in 2012,” the statement quoted Sberbank deputy chief executive Alexander Torbakhov as saying.

“Sberbank Private Banking services Russia’s most affluent individuals, who hold assets of more than 100m roubles ($1.5m) at Sberbank and are perhaps our most demanding clients. Private banking involves developing relationships with beneficiaries of major Russian companies, and this is of great importance to Sberbank… In 2015 the team’s work was highly rated by both clients and private banking market experts.”

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