WEDNESDAY 9 MAY

An Exceptional Growth Story in the European Cable and Media Industry
United Group session

Mount Nebo Hall, Sea Level (-1)

The United Group panel discussion aims to provide direct insight into a fascinating success story – a story about achieving success in a part of the world where building a large and thriving company such as United Group was a huge challenge, especially the process of creating business across borders in a region recently going through a war and about overcoming the challenge of attracting investments in general, let alone getting some of the biggest and most successful investors, such as KKR and the EBRD, on board.

Watch Session

 

 

Moderator

Tihomir Ladišić

News Director, Adria News Zagreb

Speakers

Victoriya Boklag

CEO, United Group

Alain Pilloux

EBRD Vice President, Banking, EBRD

Jean-Pierre Saad

Managing Director, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Partners LLP

Dragan Šolak

Founder and Chairman of the Board, United Group

Victoriya Boklag

CEO, United Group

Ms. Boklag has served in a number of strategic positions at United Group over the past 16 years. Before taking over the role of United Group’s CEO, Viktorija held several responsible positions in finance and commercial operations and acted as CEO of SBB, the leading cable operator in Serbia, and VP of Marketing and Media of United Group. Ms. Boklag is also a member of the Board of SBB Foundation.

Tihomir Ladišić

News Director, Adria News Zagreb

 

Mr. Ladišić has been working for 25 years as television correspondent, news anchor, producer and editor. During his career as an international correspondent, he reported from many countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. As a correspondent and producer at Fox News Channel he reported from the Middle East, especially from Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan. In 2014 he took part in the founding of the N1 regional news channel, where he currently works as News Director for Croatia.

Alain Pilloux

EBRD Vice President, Banking, EBRD

Alain Pilloux has overall responsibility for delivery of the Bank's new investment, portfolio and advisory activities, as well as contributing to policy engagement. Before his appointment to this post in 2016, Alain was Acting Vice President for Policy and Partnerships, a role that included coordinating strategies and policy engagement, mobilising and managing multilateral and bilateral donor funding and overseeing the EBRD's engagement with key external partners. After starting his career at the Inspection Générale des Finances in Paris, Alain joined the EBRD in 1992 as a senior banker. He held various management roles, including Country Director for Poland (1995-97), Business Group Director for Central Europe and the Baltic States (1998-2005), Managing Director for Russia (2006-09) and Managing Director, Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness (2010-15). From 2014 Alain also took responsibility for the Bank's direct equity and equity fund investment.

Jean-Pierre Saad

Managing Director, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Partners LLP

Jean-Pierre Saad (London) joined KKR in 2008 and is part of the Private Equity platform where he is responsible for Technology and Telecom investments in EMEA. He has led KKR’s investments in OVH, SoftwareONE and United Group (f.k.a. SBB/Telemach) and was previously involved in NXP Semiconductors, Acteon, Van Gansewinkel and Legrand. He currently serves on the board of directors of OVH, SoftwareONE and United Group. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked in the telecoms and media team of Lehman Brothers in London. Mr. Saad holds a Grande Ecole degree from HEC Paris as well as an Engineering degree with high distinction in Computer and Communications from the American University of Beirut.

Dragan Šolak

Founder and Chairman of the Board, United Group

 

Mr. Šolak founded United Group as a start-up in Serbia in 2002 and expanded the operations in the region of the former Yugoslavia. He served as the Company's CEO until 2008 and was responsible for all the Company's strategic and operational initiatives during this period. From 2009, Mr. Šolak took over the position of the Chairman of the Board of United Group. In his current role, he is involved in all aspects of the business and responsible for the overall strategic management of the Group.