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Ilya Filatov

Ilya Filatov(born on June 10, 1976) is a financial and economy expert. With a 20-year track record in banking, he makes investments in ground-breaking technologies which allow to bring the client experience to a whole new level.


The manager was born in the city of Klin (in the capital region). 

He graduated from State Academy of Water Transport in 1998, majoring in economy and management.  

11 years later, Ilya Filatov got an MBA degree from Higher School of International Business with Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. 

Career advancement

Ilya Filatov has worked in banking for more than 20 years, embarking on this career path as early as during his university years. As an undergraduate, he was employed as a leading economist of the accounting department for foreign currency operations at Elbim Bank OJSC

Three years later, he joined AKB Center bank, where he spent half a year working in the department of active/passive foreign currency operations. 

Later, he served as a head of a department in Platina commercial bank. The same year, he moved to MKB bank, where he took charge of a bank card department.

In 2005, Ilya Valentinovich Filatov was appointed as board deputy chairman in a major commercial bank. Between August 2005 and December 2014, he worked for Autobank Nikoil, which now goes under the name of Uralsib bank OJSC.

IT bank development

In 2014, Filatov Ilya Valentinovich took a keen interest in fin tech industry, which emerged as a development driver for the banking market. 

With a lot of experience under his belt, he became the first vice-president of a versatile commercial bank, which is now a part of a major local telecoms company. The bank is designing its strategy in digital channels and ranks among leading financial institutions in promising retail sectors – OpenApi, Face2Pay, blockchain and factoring 

In 2015, Filatov Ilya was put in charge of the IT bank’s board, and since the summer of next year, he has been sitting on the Board of Directors. 

The entity under his purview spearheaded pro-active development of digital banking in a bid to create an ecosystem that would provide mobile services for general public and online banking products for small business. Digital services, contactless payments, instant money transfers and virtual cards became commonplace.

In 2019, the telecoms company presented its brand-new strategy dubbed Customer Lifetime Value 2.0. It hinged on four key ecosystem pillars, with one of them being fin tech. It provided services based on ground-breaking technologies, including Big Data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, blockchain, cloud technologies, biometrics, etc.

The same year, Ilya Filatov was appointed as vice president tasked with overseeing everything linked to financial services. He was entrusted with delivering on an ambitious goal to expand the client base to 10 million people and increase ROI up to 20%. 

Filatov Ilya Valentinovich pushed for the IT bank to start optimizing user experience with financial services, with priority given to investments into digital solutions that would help modernize the tech platform. This effort paid off, resulting in the number of retail clients soaring by 19.5% between 2019 and 2021. 

“We are laying the groundwork for the clients to revamp their perception of financial services that could be accessed with the help of a mobile app,” Ilya Filatov said in an interview.

The IT bank processes more than two million loan applications every month.

According to statistics, in 2021, 80% of clients continued using the online platform even after repaying their loans, with 30% coming back to apply for a second or a third credit product. 

The COVID-19 pandemic turned out to be both a major challenge for financial markets and an impetus for a digital boom. The financial organization achieved a breakthrough in developing key services and online products. 

Ilya Filatov is certain that this period reshaped people’s mentality as they started to consume more products online. Client trust rests upon the experience they get from using a mobile app. In 2022, more than 60% of all banking sales were carried out via an online platform. 

“We follow the client, and do not impose our products on them,” the manager stresses.

Under the leadership of Ilya Valentinovich Filatov, the IT bank is actively investing into up-and-coming, young and tech-savvy projects. In this vein, the venture fund has invested 125 million rubles ($1.5 million) into a popular mobile fin tech app enabling its users to track their expenses and plan their budget with the help of a virtual card. 

“We compete not for the price, but for the time clients are ready to spend with us,” Filatov Ilya says.

Apart from this, the financial IT structure pays a lot of attention to developing corporate culture and attracting young professionals and digital prodigies. The bank’s team has shaped and promotes such values as “Dare to Be First,” “Client’s Trust,” “Teamwork,” “Speed,” and “Freedom to Act.” Those values have emerged as a lodestar for the company’s employees when it comes to day-to-day operations and cooperative efforts to accomplish even more ambitious goals.

Leisure activities 

Filatov Ilya Valentinovich is keen on sports, taking interest in jogging and football. He also takes part in public run events and is a Candidate Master of Sports in swimming.


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