Board of Directors
Mr. Harald Wanke, Chairman & Non-Executive Director
Mr. Wanke was born and resides in Austria. He graduated in economics after which he joined the bank of Sparkasse Schwaz AG as a senior manager within the Marketing Department. He was then appointed member of the Managing Board, a post he retained until 1988. Prior to his election as Chairman on the board of Sparkasse Schwaz AG he held the post of Assistant Chairman for a number of years. In 2000 Sparkasse Bank Malta plc started its operation and Mr. Wanke has been Chairman on the local board ever since. He holds further positions on the board of Global Fund Selection SICAV acting as president and president of the Savings Banks Group of Tirol and Vorarlberg.
Mr. Bernhard Plattner, Non-Executive Director
Mr. Plattner was born and resides in Schwaz in the Tyrol region of Austria. In 1982 he graduated from the business and finance school of Schwaz. That same year he commenced his career in the banking sector by joining Sparkasse Schwaz AG. As a mandatory requirement for joining the bank, he successfully passed his qualifications in the Sparkassenprufung 1 and 2 examinations. His initial post started him off on a junior level in the Accounting and Controlling Department after completing his management Training Scheme M1 of the Austrian Savings Bank Group. In 2002, he was honoured the senior position of heading the same division.
His long term loyalty and dedication to the bank later earned him his position on the supervisory board of Sparkasse Schwaz AG which he held for 15 years.
After the opening of the Bank's offices in Malta in the year 2001, he was appointed a member on the board of Sparkasse Bank Malta plc. Mr. Platter is also proxy and Divisional Director for Account and Risk Management in Sparkasse Schwaz AG.
Mr. Paul Mifsud, Managing Director
Attended Downside School, a Benedictine school in Bath (UK). Gained his experience in finance through his education at the Centre International De Glion, in Switzerland where he graduated in Management and Finance. He furthered his education in securities from The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment in London and went on to achieve a Chartered Banker MBA from Bangor University. Joined the Bank in 2006 as Managing Director after the bank had acquired a majority stake in Quest Investment Services - a company he was a senior partner in performing Investment Advisory services.
Mr. Mifsud is responsible for the implementation of Company strategy and overall Management of the Bank’s Business. He was instrumental in developing the bank’s business and presence in Malta developing the Investment services / wealth management division at the bank as well as steering the bank to becoming a major player in Fund Custody in Malta. His areas of expertise are securities related, including trading, settlements, advisory, custody and compliance issues in matters related to Banking, AIFMD and UCITS.
Mr. Andrew Manduca, Non-Executive Director
Mr. Manduca was Chairman at Deloitte Malta. He was also the firm’s International Services Co-ordinator and oversaw the operations of both the Corporate and Tax Compliance Departments. Mr. Manduca is past President of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP) and the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA). He has also served as a Governor of Finance Malta. Mr. Manduca was a director within the International Tax function of Deloitte and has over 25 years’ experience in international tax matters across a wide range of industry sectors. Mr. Manduca’s focus was in the field of corporate taxation and worked primarily with clients which establish a Malta base in order to conduct their international operations. Mr. Manduca retired as Chairman and Senior Partner of Deloitte Malta in December 2015. He is currently the first and current President of the Malta Branch of International Fiscal Association.
Mr. Manduca joined the Bank’s Board of Directors during 2016.
Mr. Siegfried Kirchner – Non-Executive Director
Was born and resides in Austria. He graduated in biology and physical education and has worked as teacher and head of a college for tourism for years. Mr. Kirchner, as a long-time member of the Sparkassenverein Sparkasse Schwaz, the Sparkassenrat of Anteilsverwaltungssparkasse Schwaz and member of the supervisory board of Sparkasse Schwaz AG, was elected president of the Sparkassenverein, chairman of the Sparkassenrat and also chairman of the supervisory board of Sparkasse Schwaz AG in 2013. In 2016 he became Non-Executive Director of Sparkasse Bank Malta plc.
Mr. Klaus Pfister – Non-Executive Director
Was born and resides in Austria. He graduated in business administration and completed his training as tax consultant. He founded a tax consultancy firm in Tyrol, Austria, where he has worked for more than 30 years. Mr. Pfister is a long-time member of the Sparkassenverein Sparkasse Schwaz and the Sparkassenrat of Anteilsverwaltungssparkasse Schwaz and became a member of the supervisory board of Sparkasse Schwaz AG in 2006. In 2016 he was made Non-Executive Director of Sparkasse Bank Malta plc.