Jordan International Bank Plc was incorporated in 1984 in England as a public company limited by shares, under the name Jordan Finance Consortium Plc (company number 1814093). Three years later, in 1987, the name of the company was changed to Jordan International Bank Plc. By 2013 Jordan International Bank Plc’s activities were focused on four distinct business areas: Private Banking, Structured Property Finance, Treasury and Trade Finance.
The current shareholding of Jordan International Bank Plc was crystallised in 2013, with two of the original shareholders, Arab Jordan Investment Bank holding 25% of the shares and the Housing Bank for Trade and Finance holding the remaining 75% of the shares. The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance (HBTF), a listed company with its shares traded on the Amman Stock Exchange, is the second largest bank in Jordan and has the biggest retail network in Jordan. Arab Jordan Investment Bank (AJIB) is primarily a commercial bank serving a select base of corporate and high net worth customers. In 2014 Arab Jordan Investment Bank successfully completed the acquisition of HSBC Bank’s banking business in Jordan. Both HBTF and AJIB have a number of overseas subsidiaries / branches, the majority of which are located in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.
The Bank’s shareholders actively and constructively engage with the Bank, in line with their responsibilities under the UK Stewardship Code. As an unlisted company, Jordan International Bank Plc (JIB) is not obliged to comply with the provisions of the UK Financial Reporting Council Corporate Governance Code; however, JIB chooses to apply many of the principles in the UK Corporate Governance Code, where these are commensurate to the size, complexity and ownership structure of the business.
In accordance with best practice, an external evaluation of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee is carried out periodically. The Executive Committee, with the support of the Company Secretary, reviews its own performance, constitution and Terms of Reference annually and recommends any changes that it considers necessary to the Board of Directors for approval.
Board of Directors
All members of Jordan International Bank Plc’s Board of Directors are skilled and experienced bankers. The current composition of the Board of Directors includes Non-Executive Directors appointed by the shareholder banks and two members of the Board, including the Deputy Chairman of the Board, are Independent Non-Executive Directors.
The Board of Directors has responsibility for the overall leadership of the Bank, setting the Bank’s values and standards and its strategic aims and objectives. The Board of Directors also determines the Bank’s structure and capital, financial reporting and controls, internal controls, major contracts, membership of the Board of Directors and Committees and other senior appointments, as well as oversight of remuneration, the delegation of authority, communication with shareholders and other aspects of corporate governance.
Jordan International Bank Plc’s Board of Directors normally meets five times each year. The Board has established two standing committees, the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee, both of which are comprised solely of Non-Executive Directors. The Audit Committee, which is chaired by an Independent Non-Executive Director, meets five times a year, prior to each Board meeting. The Risk Committee, also chaired by an Independent Non-Executive Director, normally meets quarterly. The Terms of Reference for the Audit Committee and the Risk Committee are drafted in accordance with best practice and reviewed annually. Jordan International Bank Plc’s executive management are regularly invited to attend the Board and Committee meetings.
The Executive Committee is comprised solely of members of the London-based executive management team and meets at least monthly, but normally more frequently. The Terms of Reference for the Executive Committee are drafted in accordance with best practice and reviewed at least annually.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Bank’s business, including the development and implementation of strategy, operational plans, policies, procedures and budgets; monitoring of operating and financial performance; assessment of the Bank’s current risk profile and control of risk, prioritisation and control of resources; and monitoring competitive forces in each area of the Bank’s operations.
The Executive Committee also meets to discuss the Bank’s assets, liabilities, funding, capital and liquidity, these meetings take place monthly or more often when required. The Executive Committee is also responsible for approving credit facilities and investments, within the limits as agreed from time to time by the Board of Directors and detailed in the Bank’s portfolio of policies.
JIB Board Members
Mr Ammar Al-Safadi - Chairman
Mr Raed Al-Massis - Non Executive Director
Mr Basel Araj - Non Executive Director
Mr Nidal Ahmad - Non Executive Director
Mr Riyad Taweel - Non Executive Director
Mr Nabil Hamadeh - Independent Non Executive Director
Mr Ian Schmiegelow - Independent Non Executive Director
Mr Mark Williams - Executive Director
JIB Audit Committee Members
Mr Nabil Hamadeh (Chairman)
Mr Nidal Ahmad
Mr Riyad Taweel
Mr Raed Al-Massis
Mr Ian Schmiegelow
JIB Risk Committee Members
Mr Ian Schmiegelow (Chairman)
Mr Nabil Hamadeh
Mr Nidal Ahmad
Mr Basel Araj
JIB Executive Committee Members
Mr Mark Williams, Acting Chief Executive Officer
Ms Fiona Christiansen, Chief Financial Officer
Mr Steve Dry, Head of Structured Property Finance
Mr Andrei Fetin, Chief Risk Officer
Mr David Lavers, Head of Treasury
Mr Sanjay Rajagopal, Chief Operating Officer
Mr Hichem Turki, Head of Private Banking and Trade Finance