Board Members of Japan - Bulgaria Business Association

Todor Kesimov is General Manager of Takeda Bulgaria EOOD

Todor Kesimov

Todor Kesimov joins Takeda in 2012 as Business Controller for Bulgaria. A year later he becomes head of Finance and Logistics for Romania and Bulgaria. In the period 2017-2018 Todor leads Takeda's Finance department for the Balkan region. Since the beginning of 2018 Todor is General Manager of Takeda's representative office in Bulgaria. Currently, after Takeda acquired Shire at the end of 2019, Todor Kesimov is General Manager of Takeda Bulgaria EOOD.

Takeda is one of the founders of Japan – Bulgaria Business Association which was established at the end of 2020. Todor is currently Chairman of the Management Board of the association, that he was part of from the founding of the association. The main priorities of Mr. Kesimov are, among others, the association to unite the companies representing Japanese business in Bulgaria and to be the platform for collaboration aiming to improve economic climate in the country, as well as to attract more Japanese investments in Bulgaria.


Aleksander Kostadinov

Aleksander Kostadinov has a master's degree from Sofia University. His career started in the representation of Volvo cars back in 1996. From 2000 he became a member of Moto-Pfohe as Brand manager and later as Director Marketing and Sales. In 2017 Sumitomo Corporation acquired Moto-Pfohe Group. The latest role of Aleksander is General Manager of Moto-Pfohe BG. Aleksander is also Chairman of the Bulgarian automotive association.

 Alexander believes that Japan has a special place in the hearts of most Bulgarians and vice versa - many Japanese people know about Bulgaria as well, and JBBA is working to extend both business and cultural horizons for Japan and Bulgaria.

Stamen Bankovski

Dr. Stamen Bankovski

Dr. Stamen Bankovski General Manager, Astellas Pharma for Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania began his professional career in the Pharmaceutical industry more than 25 years ago. Among the companies he passes through are names like Abbott Laboratories and Sanofi. In 2014, Dr. Stamen Bankovski joined Astellas Pharma as a Country manager for Bulgaria and from 2017 took the responsibility for Hungary and Romania as well.

Astellas is one of the three founding companies of the Japan-Bulgaria Business Association at the end of 2020, and Dr. Stamen Bankovski is now one of the board members after he was Deputy Chairman of the first board of the association. The main goals and efforts of the association, according to Dr. Bankovski, will be aimed at promoting the development of a sustainable business environment for Japanese companies in Bulgaria, favorable cooperation between them and the successful attraction and promotion of new investments coming from Japan.

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The mission of Japan-Bulgaria Business Association is to promote the existing Japanese businesses in Bulgaria, to support Japanese businesses aiming to establish presence in Bulgaria and to encourage and support the bilateral business relations between the two countries

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