Ragnar A Tryggvason
Ragnar brings to the Board extensive technical knowledge of brewing, having served in various roles in the brewing industry for over 30 years. Prior to entering his invaluable advisory role on technical issues on the Board in 2006, Ragnar spent four years working as project director in Heineken Group in Russia, for all projects for 10 Heineken breweries in Russia, with a total of 18 million hectolitres of technical capacity. In the period from 1998 to 2002, he served as technical director for Bravo International in Russia, tasked to build up a brown field brewery with a technical capacity of 5.2 million hectolitres. Prior to that, he spent almost twenty years working as a technical director in a variety of bottling plants (Bravo International, Baltic Bottling Plant, Sanitas/Pepsi Cola, Viking brewery) with capacity ranging from 120.000 hectolitres to 650.000 hectolitres, in Russia and Iceland.
Kevin Smith is a non-executive, independent member of the Management board of Banjalučka pivara a.d.
Since 2008, Kevin has been working with GRF Advisors - which focuses primarily on the Balkans. For the 10 years prior to that he has worked in Southeast Europe: as CFO for BalkanPharma/Actavis in Bulgaria (1999-2003); as GM for Actavis’ newly acquired subsidiary in Turkey (2004-05); GM of the newly privatised Banjalučka pivara (2006) & then Landmark Property Management SA. Before that, over a 25 year period, he had a variety of finance related roles with pharmaceutical and mining companies in Europe and Africa. Originally a Chemical Engineer, Kevin has degrees in Engineering, Economics and Finance and is a UK qualified accountant.
Travis Willis Davis
Travis Willis Davis is a non-executive, independent member of the Management board of Banjalučka pivara a.d.
Travis is a Partner of Altima Partners LLP, an alternative investment management firm, which he joined in 2004. At Altima Partners LLP, Travis has invested in private and public markets in special situation investments across sectors in both emerging and developed markets. Travis graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics in 1999 and spent over 5 years as part of the investment banking advisory team at ING Barings in London, advising companies on mergers & acquisitions, raising equity and debt capital, corporate restructurings and public offerings across a wide range of industries.
Travis is a board member and chairman of the audit committee of El Tejar Limited, an agricultural business operating in Latin America and a board member of Orion Energy Pte. Limited, an oil business in Ecuador. Travis has been a board member of a number of investee companies over the years.
Mirjana Jovanović joined our brewing family in late 2007. Having successfully fulfilled all her tasks as assistant CFO, she was soon to be promoted, and in mid 2008 she was appointed CFO of Banjalučka pivara a.d. (director of finance-IT department).
Mirjana brought with her several years of experience in various areas of finance (public & corporate finance, investment banking), management, consulting, etc. Ever since obtaining her Master’s degree in Business Administration (finance, general management) from Vanderbilt university, USA, Mirjana has been dedicating her free time to various development projects (head of economic affairs in “Club 2010”, a Banja Luka based think tank, pro-bono SME consultant, etc.) and lecturing.
Mirjana was appointed an executive member and the vice-president of the Management board of Banjalučka pivara a.d. in April 2010.