Galia Maor

Galia Maor has been one of Israel’s most prominent banking and financial leaders for more than 25 years.

From 1995 to 2012 Ms. Maor was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Leumi le-Israel Ltd., Israel’s oldest bank. She guided the bank through the recent financial crisis and implemented policies that led to the re-emergence of Leumi as the largest bank in the State of Israel.

Ms. Maor began her career at the Bank of Israel and quickly rose through a series of senior positions, including Supervisor of Banks and Senior Director responsible for capital markets and legislation on banking issues.  Before joining Bank Leumi as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 1991, Ms. Maor was a private sector consultant, advising the World Bank and banking systems in Romania, Turkey and Yugoslavia.

Regularly named to Forbes’ and Fortune’s annual listings of the world’s most powerful businesswomen, Ms. Maor has received numerous awards, including the L’Oreal – Recanati Excellence Award for Women in Management, Dun and Bradstreet’s Israeli Business Leaders Award in 2010, Tel Aviv University’s 2009 Hugo Ramniceanu Prize in Economics, the “Woman of Valor” Award from the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation and the Partner for Democracy Award presented by the American-Israel Friendship League. 

A mother of three, Ms. Maor has also found time to contribute to the community, particularly in support of children and education.  She is Chairperson of the Friends of “Yeladim – Fair Chance for Children”, the Council for the Child in Placement, and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Israel Cancer Association.  In 2006 she was Chairperson of the United Jewish Appeal General Assembly.

For her professional and public service accomplishments, Ms. Maor has received Honorary Doctorates from Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University and Technion Institute, and Honorary Degrees from the College of Management, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Netanya Academic College and the Open University of Israel.

Ms. Maor earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics and her MBA from Hebrew University and is on the Board of Governors of her alma mater. She has been a member of the Open University of Israel Council, the school’s governing body, since 1988, and currently serves on the Finance Committee.

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