Raiffeisenbank has announced the completion of the reorganization of the branch network of the Volga regional center (Volga RC) and the transition of the regional network to a new operational model.
In 2010, as part of a project to upgrade the network of the bank, the Volga-Vyatka (Kirov), Saransk, Saratov, Izhevsk and Kazan branches were reorganized.
The branches were converted to Raiffeisenbank operational offices with a central branch in Nizhny Novgorod. In the Volga Federal District the Volga branch has been in operation since December 13, 2010, along with the network of operational offices in Kirov, Saransk, Saratov, Kazan and Izhevsk.
The Director of the Volga regional center, Alexander Gritsai said: "The large-scale reorganization of branches into operational offices has been conducted professionally and in a short time. The staff of the offices, the core RC branch and the central office spared no effort in implementing this important project. They worked cohesively and effectively.
As a result, we expect to improve the efficiency of our business processes. The network will be more focused on sales and customer service.
All the operating offices are working on a new IT platform, the processes and technology have been standardized, which enables us to offer new, affordable products across the entire network. I am confident that the reorganization will lead to a new positive phase of business development in the PFD."
The reorganization of the RC Volga began in June 2010. In the following months extensive work was done to upgrade the IT infrastructure, retrain personnel and transfer the business to the new operating model.
The Volga branch is the central Raiffeisenbank unit in the Volga Federal District. It combines branches and offices in Kirov, Sovetsk, Saransk, Samara, Togliatti, Saratov, Kazan, Perm, Izhevsk, and Ufa.
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