Chief Operating Officer
Attila is the Chief Operating Officer of INSEAD since 2018, leading a team of about 300 people in the finance, campus services, procurement and information technology departments, across the three campuses of the school.
Attila was the CIO of INSEAD between 2010 and 2018. During this period, he successfully improved the school’s IT services, as reflected in the highest ever customer satisfaction scores. Under his leadership the school has fully embraced, and reaped significant benefits from new technologies, like cloud, mobile and social. With him at the helm, INSEAD introduced several key platforms: the MyINSEAD portal for students and alumni, the Study @INSEAD learning platform for our executive education programs, or the new insead.edu website.
Throughout his career Attila has worked at the intersection of business and technology. He attributes most of his achievements to his consistent focus on people and building high performing teams.
Prior to INSEAD, Attila was the CIO of Central European International Bank, based in Budapest, Hungary. During his seven years tenure at the Bank, he oversaw the retail banking expansion and the corresponding technology transformation. In 2007, he successfully led the merger of two banks and won the CIO Of The Year award.During the financial crisis in 2008-2010, he rescaled IT and reformed the bank's operation, while reducing budget and headcount by 25% annually.
Attila used to work as a consultant in Diamond Cluster’s Boston office. Together with another partner, he formed the Customer Value Management practice which increased the value of wireless carriers through applying yield management to call data records. The practice integrated complex IT knowledge, strategic marketing, and advanced econometrics to create marketing strategies for companies with high potential for pricing complexity and low profit per transaction. Attila worked with eight wireless carriers on three continents across various product segments and functional activities. His projects resulted in 10-15% annual EBITDA improvements.
Early in his career, Attila was the SAP Competence Center Manager of Digital Equipment Corporation, and a system analyst at Coopers & Lybrand.
He holds an MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management (Class of 1999), and an MSc in Physics, from Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in Hungary.
He is enthusiastic about developing young talent, and always mentors aspiring CTOs or CIOs. His personal passion is photography, opera and organization. A perfect example of this is how he uses Strava to keep track of his runs and he never fails to capture the moment with a photo of the exercise.