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CEO of the Week: Roderick Psaila, Chief Executive Officer of AgriBank Plc

AgriBank is a regulated credit institution in Malta, dedicated to providing asset finance to the UK agricultural industry. Its main business is the provision of asset finance to land owning farmers in the UK for the purchase of agricultural machinery and equipment, financing the construction of buildings, land purchasing and also financing on farm energy projects. Typical products are structured as financial leases, hire purchase agreements and secured loans.

 

 

Its CEO, Roderick Psaila, is a qualified banker, whose expertise focuses on creating banks, starting from obtaining  a banking licence and setting up banks from scratch. Roderick joined AgriBank in 2011, playing a  key role in obtaining Agribank's banking licence, which was achieved in October 2012. Since then he has been the bank's CEO and also an Executive Director of the Board of the bank.

 

Executive Profile

Name:  Roderick Psaila

Born:  08/10/1971

Marital status: Married

Family: Wife and two daughters, 20 and 11

Home: Apartment in Zejtun

Car: BMW

School/Education: ACIB, MA Economics

First job: Central Bank of Malta, 1990

Current job & company: Chief Executive Officer – AgriBank PLC

Favourite pastime: Watching Manchester United on TV

Favourite book: Alex Ferguson – My Autobiography

Favourite film:  The Godfather, by a mile, even two

Favourite music:  Contemporary

Favourite gadget: my i-phone

Last holiday: Manchester, more specifically Old Trafford, although it might be considered as a pilgrimage from my part, not really a holiday

Favourite quote: “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Role models/heroes:  My hero is my dad.  He thought me that hard work pays

Best advice that I have ever received: No matter what, always remain true to your principles

What does a typical day in your life look like? Wake up at 6:30am, office from 8am to 8pm, dinner at home hoping it’s with the rest of the family when I am not excessively late, discuss any issues at home and call my parents, an hour of TV, and 7 hours of sleep, which are a must

What business issues keep you up at night? None.  I always make sure that I trust the people around me.  Once that is sorted, then I sleep soundly.

What motivates you to get to the office in the morning? Work and the team

 

My Malta

My favourite location: Upper Barrakka looking towards Fort St Angelo. I love the view.

My favourite local food:  Fried rabbit liver; Beef stew

My favourite dining experience: Wejla at Smart City

My favourite nightspot: Nightspot? My chaise longue watching an episode of Designated Survivor.  In the few occasions when I go clubbing, it’s mostly Gianpula.

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