Our people

Our team has fluency in Catalan, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak and Spanish.

The Vertis management team includes:

James Atkins, Chairman, Interim CEO

James founded the forerunner of Vertis in 1998 and then in 2001, jointly with Paul Bodnar, launched Vertis as a carbon finance and emissions trading business. Under his guidance, Vertis has pioneered emissions trading in Central and Eastern Europe. Previously, James was a manager in the corporate finance group at Deloitte & Touche Central Europe and worked for Arthur Andersen and Waste Management International PLC in the UK and Germany. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Modern Languages and is a UK Chartered Accountant. He is also the author of Climate Change for Football Fans, a humorous but serious book on climate change policy, and a related blog, The Bustard.

Barna Baráth, Board Member

Barna joined Vertis in 2002 and was Vertis' CEO until September 2013. Earlier Barna spent seven years as a senior executive of Diageo plc, a global drinks business, developing its global e-business strategy and setting up its Corporate Ventures arm in London. He was previously in senior finance and IT roles with Diageo in Central Europe. 

Barna has lived and worked in Hungary, the United States, across Central Europe and in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Economics, then he studied corporate finance at the London Business School. Barna has recently converted a 1930’s villa into a low energy house.

László Pásztor, Board Member

Laszlo is responsible for risk management across the Vertis group. He also runs Vertis Finance Kft., our project development business, which advises on a portfolio of nitrous oxide abatement projects at fertiliser plants in Central Europe. László joined Vertis in 2006, before which he was the managing director and proprietor of Echo Consulting, a financial advisory firm specialising in energy project finance. He has deep knowledge of energy project financing, financial risk analysis and modelling in the energy sector, power project development and electricity markets. Laszlo graduated from the Budapest Technical University with an MSc in Electrical Engineering and completed his MBA studies later on.

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