The FINANCIAL — The FINANCIAL has announced the list of the top PR managers working for commercial and governmental organizations. The results are based on interviews by 30 Georgian journalists.
Head of PR Department of TBC Bank, since 2001
Annual turnover of TBC Bank in 2009 reached 1 billion, 800 million GEL.
Maia Dzirkvelishvili has a Master’s Degree in Journalism. She was born on January 8, 1976.
Since August 1, 2001, she has been working as Head of the PR Department at TBC Bank.
She is an invited trainer of PR at Consultant Group Partner’s Georgia.
From April 1, 2006, till now she has been an Invited Lecture of PR at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).
She previously worked as Press Secretary of the Social Union New Movement, business reporter at weekly edition of the newspaper Rezonansi Business, Rezonansi, newspapers Akhali Epoka and Editor of the economical department at 7 Days newspaper. She speaks Georgian, Russian and English.
PR Manager of Georgian Glass and Mineral Water Company, since 2006
Education: Bachelor in Sociology and Philosophy.
During 2005-2006 she worked as acting Director of the Department of Press and Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
In 2002-2005 she worked as a UK based reporter for COURIER, TV Broadcasting Company Rustavi 2. In 2002 she worked as the Head of the Department of Press and Information of the United Distribution Energy Company of Georgia.
She was a reporter anchor of Georgian State TV and Radio Broadcast, Channel One, TV Iberia, news programme “Echo”, TV and Radio Broadcasting Company Sakartvelos Khma. Fluent in Georgian, Russian and English.
PR & Events Manager at Rakeen Development, since 2008
Rakeen Development, one of the leading investment groups in Georgia has invested more than 1 billion USD over the past three years.
She graduated from the Georgian State Conservatory.
Sophio Mamardashvili was born on May 15, 1971. She is married and has two children.
From 2005 to June 2008 she worked for JSC Constanta – Microfinance Institution, as a PR & Promotion Manager. From 2000-2004 she worked for Georgian Events company as Managing Director. 1995-1999, Caucasus Travel, Head of Conference and Conventions department.
She is fluent in English, Georgian and Russian.
PR Manager of Bank Republic, Societe Generale Group, since 2007
Bank Republic, Societe Generale Group is one of the most successful financial institutions in the country. The Bank is in one of the leading positions in the corporate and retail banking market.
Tamar Shavdia has an MBA degree in Marketing Management, CSB. BBA in English language and Literature.
Date of Birth: December 18, 1977.
She has a 4 year old son.
For eight years she was working at the mobile operator company Geocell Ltd in Marketing and PR departments.
She is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian. She also speaks German and French.
Head of Corporate Communication and PR Department of Bank of Georgia, since 2005
Net Operating Income of Bank of Georgia in 2008 was 335.7 million GEL.
Sophie Balavadze has an MBA degree in General Management, CSB.
Balavadze was born in 1978.
Since 2005 she has been working at Bank of Georgia.
From 2007 she has been a lecturer of Management Concepts and Management skills at Caucasus School of Business (CSB).
She speaks Georgian, English, Russian, German and French.
Manager of Corporate Communications, Geocell, since 2001
Geocell is one of the largest mobile communication companies in Georgia. The company’s market share is approximately 42%. Net sales of Geocell in 2009 consisted to 43 million USD.
Irma Tskitishvili has an MA degree in Journalism, Tbilisi State University.
She has held the position of Corporate Communication since 2006. She was the Public Relations Coordinator of Geocell from 2001-2006.
From July 2000 to April 2001 Tskitishvili served as Public Relation Specialist of GT Mobile LLC.
Up to July 2000 – PR of UN Project.
From 1996 to 2000 she was working on a personal programme at TBC TV Studio.
From 1994 to 1996 she had a personal programme: fashion show on TV corporation: 1st Channel. She was Editor of TV and Radio Corporation, 1st channel from 1990-1994.
Wissol Petroleum Georgia, since 2007
Wissol is one of the leading retailers of petroleum products in Georgia.
Kbilashvili was born in 1979. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Attended the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) Tbilisi and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Western European Languages and Literature, State University.
Kbilashvili worked for the Georgian Times, Daily Tribuna, Georgian Business Week and Sakhelebi since 2001. She is co-founder and PR Director of NGO Social Care International Organization (SOCIO).
Deputy Director of International Relations and Public Relations at JSC Madneuli
Annual turnover of JSC Madneuli in 2009 reached 75 million USD.
Tamuna Liluashvili is a Communications and International Relations Specialist with extensive experience in programme development, fundraising, management and marketing, she holds a degree in International Relations and Economics completing her studies at the American University, Washington D.C.
Prior to her position at JSC Madneuli, she was the Director of Georgian National Investment Agency Invest In Georgia, an agency promoting Foreign Direct Investment to Georgia.
Liluashvili recently moved to Georgia from the United States where she lived for the past 15 years and held positions of Director of Operations and Community Relations Manager for the Centre for International Studies promoting international understanding and awareness of world issues.
She is an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia and a board member of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.
She speaks English, Russian and intermediary level Spanish.
Other PR Managers nominated:
Teona Bagdavadze, PR Manager of telecommunication company Beeline
Nino Bendeliani, PR Manager of VTB Bank Georgia
Khatia Shamugia, PR Manager of perfume chain Ici Paris
Maia Sikharulidze, PR Manager of the Roads Department of Georgia
Maiko Ivchenko, PR Coordinator of Aldagi BCI
Ana Toklikashvili, Public Relations Coordinator of Open Society Georgia
Tea Tuashvili, Teliani Valley
Marika Khoperia, PR department of theMinistry of Finance of Georgia
Maia Sikharulidze, Roads Department of Georgia
Khatuna Iosava, PR Manager of Ministry of Justice
Dodo Gugava, PR Manager of the Ministry of Probation, Penitentiary and Legal Aid of Georgia
Marina Salukvadze, PR Manager of the Ministry of State for Reintegration of Georgia
Nino Daraseli, Head of the PR Department of Ministry of Economics of Georgia
Natalia Chkheidze, Head of the PR department of Central Election Commission
Kate Tkeshelashvili, PR coordinator of the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation
Nana Vasadze, PR Manager of the Supreme Court
Khatuna Iosava, PR Manager of the Prosecutor’s Office