Board of Directors
Mr. Nadim KASSAR
Chairman General Manager

Mr. Nadim Kassar is the Chairman and General Manager of BLC Bank SAL. He holds currently the following positions: General Manager of Fransabank SAL, Founder and Board Member of Fransa Invest Bank SAL (FIB), Founder and Chairman of Fransabank Al Djazaïr SPA, Board Member of the Association of Banks in Lebanon since 2001, Vice Chairman and Board Member of USB Bank PLC, Board Member of Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE), Co-Manager of A.A. Kassar (France) SARL and General Manager of A.A. Kassar SAL. Mr. Kassar also is a Board Member of the following institutions: MasterCard Incorporated Asia, Pacific, Middle East & Africa, SAMEA Regional Board of Directors since 2005, NetCommerce, Interbank Payment Network, IPN SAL, Credit Card Management, Founder and Board Member of the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce. He holds as well the position of Deputy Chairman of Société Financière du Liban. His social activities includes the Makassed Philantropic Islamic Association in Beirut as a Member of the Board of Trustees, a Member of the Lebanese-Chinese inter-parliamentary friendship committee, a Member of the Lebanese-Tunisian friendship committee and Treasurer of the Comité des Proprietaires- Ouyoun As Simane. Mr. Kassar is born in 1964 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.


Mr. Nabil KASSAR
Vice-Chairman

Mr. Nabil Kassar holds a Bachelor‘s degree in Law from Université Saint Joseph. He is the General Manager of Fransabank SAL and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fransa Invest Bank SAL, the investment arm of Fransabank and Fransa Land SAL. Mr. Kassar is also a member of the Board of Directors of Fransabank France SA, Fransabank El Djazair, Fransabank Syria SA, Bancassurance SAL and United Real Estate Investment Co. SAL. Mr. Kassar is born in 1970.


Mr. Adnan KASSAR
Board Member

Mr. Adnan Kassar is the Chairman and CEO of Fransabank Group . In 1980, he and his brother Adel acquired Fransabank and have lead the Bank ever since. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of BLC Bank SAL, Fransabank (France) SA, and Fransabank Syria SA. He is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fransabank OJSC in Belarus . Mr. Kassar also served as Minister of Economy and Trade in Lebanon from 2004 to 2005 and Minister of State in Lebanon from 2009 to 2011. He was the first Arab businessman elected Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce and headed the World Business Organization from 1999 to 2000. He is also former President of the Lebanese Federation of Chambers of commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Lebanon and headed this federation for over thirty years ( 1972 to 2002). He is the President of the Lebanese Economic Organizations and is the Honorary Chairman of the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture of the Arab Countries which groups millions of companies and associations from the 22 member Arab countries. Born in 1930, Mr. Kassar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Université Saint Joseph , Beirut and an Honorary Doctorate from the Lebanese American University. Mr. Kassar has received global awards and high distinguished decorations from many Heads of States and International Organizations, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award in 2014, and the “China Arab Outstanding contribution” award from China’s President Xi in 2016.


Mr. Adel KASSAR
Board Member

Mr. Adel Kassar’s career spans over more than six decades. He currently leads as the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fransabank SAL and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ransabank (France) SA and Fransabank Syria SA. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of Bancassurance SAL and Lebanese Leasing Company SAL. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Fransabank OJSC in Belarus and member of the Board of Directors of BLC Bank SAL. He is a former Chairman of the Banks Association in Lebanon and the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Hungary in Lebanon. Born in 1932, Mr. Kassar holds a degree in Lebanese and French Law from Université Saint Joseph.


Me. Walid DAOUK
Board Member

Me. Walid Daouk is an accomplished lawyer in Lebanon specializing in commercial, civil, and property laws. In 1981, he started his practice as associate in Takla & Trad law firm thereafter became a partner and Vice Chairman of the International Affairs Commission at the Beirut Bar Association, in 2005, followed by becoming a member of its Arbitration Commission, in 2008. In 2011, he was appointed Minister of Information and per interim Minister of Justice until 2014. Today, Me. Daouk is a member of the Board of numerous local and international banking, real estate trading, and insurance corporations, including Fransabank SAL (Lebanon), Fransabank (France) SA, Fransabank El Djazaïr SPA (Algeria), BLC Bank SAL (Lebanon), Tourism and Hotel Development Company SAL, Beirut Waterfront Development SAL, among many others. In 1994, he was appointed the Commissioner of the Lebanese Government at the Beirut Stock Exchange. Twenty years ago, Me. Daouk was one of the founders of Ajialouna and has been a member of its Board of Trustees ever since, followed by joining the board of Dar Al Aytam in 2005. He is also a member of the board of Trustees of three major education institutions in Lebanon: College Louise Wegman since 2005, International College since 2009, and Université Saint Joseph since 2012. He was appointed member of the board of Directors of the Council for Development and Reconstruction of Lebanon (CDR 2001-2004). Born in 1958, Me. Daouk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Lebanese Law and a Master’s degree in French Law from Université Saint Joseph and a degree in Business Management from Beirut University College.


Mr. Nazem EL KHOURY
Board Member

Mr. Nazem El Khoury served as a Parliament Member from 2000 till 2005. Three years later, he was appointed Political Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lebanon, and in 2011, he was assigned Minister of Environment. Mr. El Khoury was also the Coordinator of the Steering Committee for the National Dialogue. Currently, he is the Founder of Harbour Insurance Company and Chairman of the Tourism and Hotel Development Company SAL and BLC Services SAL. He is also a Board Member of BLC Bank SAL and Stow Capital Partners. Mr. El Khoury was Former Chairman of Lebanon-German Insurance Company and BLC Finance and former Board Member of Al Ahli International Bank. Parallel to his business and political work, Mr. El Khoury was heavily engaged in social and academic activities. He was on the Board of Trustees of several educational institutions, such as the Lebanese American University, YMCA, Notre Dame University, and the American University of Science and Technology. Mr. El Khoury also served as former Vice President of the Lebanese Cooperative for Development and former member of the board of directors of the Lebanese Red Cross and Caritas. Born in 1946, Mr. El Khoury holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration from the American University of Beirut, as well as an Insurance Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute in London.


Mr. Mansour BTEISH
Board Member

Mr. Mansour Bteish joined Fransabank SAL in 1974. Over the course of four decades, Mr. Bteish held various management positions and headed major Central Departments until he was appointed General Manager of Fransabank SAL in 2005. Mr. Bteish is currently a member of the Board of Directors of several subsidiaries in Lebanon and abroad, including Fransa Invest Bank, BLC Bank SAL, BLC Invest, Lebanese Leasing Company, Fransabank (France), Fransabank El Djazaïr SPA (Algeria), and United Capital Bank (Sudan). Born in 1954, Mr. Bteish holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Money and Banking from Université Saint Joseph.


Mr. Henri DE COURTIVRON
Board Member

Mr. Henri de Courtivron has over 40 years of experience in business and finance. He joined Indosuez Bank in 1977 and was appointed at various management positions within the international network of the Bank in Singapore and in London and seconded to its affiliate Bank in Saudi Arabia, Banque Saudi Fransi, before returning to the Head Office in Paris. In 2007, he became General Manager of Fransabank (France) SA and held this role for over six years. Currently, he serves as a member of the Bank’s Board, the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. In 2015, he was elected as a Consular Judge at the Paris Commercial Court. Born in 1950, Mr. Courtivron graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and holds a degree in Economic Sciences from PARIS X University.


Me. Ziyad BAROUD
Board Member

Me. Ziyad Baroud is the former Minister of Interior and Municipalities (MoIM) of the Republic of Lebanon from 2008 till 2011. Under his leadership, the MoIM was awarded the 2010 United Nations Public Service Award First Prize. Prior to his appointment as Minister, Me. Baroud held a number of leading positions. He was elected in 2004 Secretary General of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections. In 2005, he was a Member of the Lebanese National Commission on Electoral Law. He has served as a Board Member of the Lebanese Chapter of Transparency International since 2006. He is also on the Board of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and Notre Dame University. Me. Baroud has received several awards, including the “Grand Officier de L’Ordre National du Cèdre”, “Grand Officier de L’Ordre National du Mérite de la République Française”, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) 2010 Manatt Democracy Award for his commitment to freedom and democracy, the “Officier de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and the “Commandeur de Numéro de l’Ordre Civil du Mérite” by the King of Spain Juan Carlos I. A court lawyer by practice, Managing Partner at HBD-T Law Firm and arbitrator, Me. Baroud held a number of academic posts as lecturer at Université Saint Joseph and has a number of publications on subjects related to local governance, decentralization, human rights, and other political and legal issues. He also worked as a Senior Advisor with Booz and Co. and is the consultant to various UN Agencies in Lebanon. Born in 1970, Me. Baroud has a law degree from Université Saint Joseph and pursued his doctoral studies in Paris.


Mr. Sarkis D. YOGHOURTDJIAN
Board Member

Mr. Yoghourtdjian is currently a Senior Advisor for The Financial Integrity Network (FIN) in Washington, DC. In 1984, he started his career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and was a senior Commissioned Bank Examiner. He joined the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in late 1989 rising through its ranks to become Assistant Director for Banking Supervision and ultimately being appointed as Advisor. Mr. Yoghourtdjian served as an Advisor to the IMF and a Consultant to the World Bank. Mr. Yoghourtdjian also served as Advisor to the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Financial Stability Institute. He held several positions such as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Group of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Financial Regulators’ Initiative, Chairman of the Consultative Group of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Regulators’ Initiative, member of the Board of the Toronto Leadership Center’s Banking Advisory Board. He also worked at Bank One and taught at Gateway College in Wisconsin. Mr. Yoghourtdjian has received global awards including: University of Wisconsin’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Federal Reserve Board’s Special Achievement Award, the highest Medal of Honor for his notable services in the establishment and modernization of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia. In addition, he is the first non-Arab to be conferred the Union of Arab Banks’ “Lifetime Achievement Award”.