Marika Lulay

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) &
Managing Director

Since June 2017 Marika Lulay is Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She was a Member of the Board at GFT Technologies AG from July 2002 to August 2015 and since August 2015 she is a Member of the Administrative Board at GFT Technologies SE. In her former role as Chief Operating Officer she assumed responsibility for the GFT core business and the key operational areas for 15 years. She is responsible for the areas strategy & business development, markets, communications, marketing, technology & innovation.

Marika Lulay brings more than 25 years of experience in the IT sector to GFT. In 1996 she led the entry into the German market of the American systems integrator Cambridge Technology Partners, her last position there being Vice President for Cen­tral and Northern Europe.

Before that, Marika Lulay held a variety of management posi­tions during her seven years at Software AG, including, amongst others, Regional Head of Professional Services. Before she moved to Software AG, Marika Lulay worked for a short period as a Management Consultant at Diebold Deutschland GmbH.

After her graduation, Marika Lulay was Founder Member and Associate of BISTEC GmbH, a software developer for the building industry. There she managed the R&D Team for CAD. Later on, BISTEC GmbH merged to BAUSOFT GmbH, where she was also Head of the R&D Team.

Marika Lulay studied Computer Sciences at the University of applied sciences of Darmstadt, where she graduated with a diploma.


Membership of statutory supervisory boards:

  • Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG, Stuttgart
    (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Karlsruhe
    (Member of the Supervisory Board)

Dr. Jochen Ruetz

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO) &
Managing Director

Dr Jochen Ruetz served as a board member at GFT Technologies AG from 2003 to 2015 and has been a member of the administrative board at GFT Technologies SE since August 2015. He is responsible for finance, IT, human resources, legal, purchasing, audit, investor relations and mergers & acquisitions.

Before joining GFT in September 2003, Dr Jochen Ruetz served for three years as managing director of STRABAG BRVZ Bau-, Rechen- und Verwaltungszentrum GmbH, which brings together all of the commercial activities of the STRABAG Group.  In this position, his responsibilities included group and project management accounting, bookkeeping, information administration, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Before this, he was in charge of group management accounting at STRABAG AG. Dr Jochen Ruetz started his career in corporate development at Deutsche Bank AG in 1993.

Dr Jochen Ruetz completed a degree in business administration at the University of Regensburg in 1993. He went on to receive his doctorate in 1997 from Cologne University through a part-time study programme.


Membership of statutory supervisory boards:

  • Elsinghorst GmbH, Bocholt (Member of the Supervisory Board)

Carlos Eres

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Regional Director Southern & Eastern Europe

Carlos Eres has been Managing Director of GFT Spain since 2001. He is responsible for Spain and Mexico.

Carlos Eres previously worked for Deutsche Bank, where he was director of e-commerce. Over the course of his extensive professional career in the banking sector, he has held executive positions in a variety of business fields at Deutsche Bank, focussing in later years on new technology. He was responsible for developing and implementing Deutsche Bank’s new distribution channels and its telephone and internet banking services. He joined Deutsche Bank in 1989 as an IT project manager. Before that, he worked for Banco Atlántico as Director of Information Systems in the financial and international areas, as well as for Banca Catalana, where he started his career and held several positions including Director of the International Department.

Carlos Eres complemented his economics degree with postgraduate degrees from Henley Business School and Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom, and IESE Business School in Barcelona. He has also completed a PDD (Programme for Management Development) and a PADE (Senior Management Programme) at IESE Business School.

Joan Carles Fonoll

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Chief Operating Officer

Joan Carles Fonoll stepped up to be the Group’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in July 2018 and his appointment to the Group Executive Board followed on July 1st 2019. His career at GFT started in Spain when he joined in 2001 as a Project Manager. Today he is responsible for ensuring the execution of the Group’s strategy, delivering on key drivers such as agility, simplicity and accountability. In his former role as the Group Chief of Staff, he supported GFT’s CEO and his focus was on implementing group-wide strategic initiatives. Joan Carles also acted as liaison between the business units and group corporate services functions. This enabled him to gain in-depth knowledge of GFT and how the company enables clients’ digital transformation.

Joan Carles Fonoll’s track record of over 30 years in the technology business started when he was a developer at Siemens back in 1989. He moved on to EDS, where he worked a few years in Spain and also in Germany as a System Engineer, followed by roles as a consultant. He became part of the ‘’Deutsche Bank Group’’, where his focus was on leading projects. Joan Carles joined GFT Iberia Solutions in 2001. First as a project-, then as a delivery manager. In 2008 he moved to GFT USA in New York and was instrumental in establishing the North American business for GFT.  For two years he held the responsibility of GFT Group Chief of Staff, after which he stepped up to be the Group’s Chief Operating Officer, the role he holds today. On July 1st 2019 he was appointed to the Group Executive Board.

Joan Carles Fonoll studied at the University of Barcelona from 1985 to 1990 and graduated in computer science.

Alfio Puglisi

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Regional Director Central Europe

Alfio Puglisi has been Managing Director of GFT Italy since 2013. He is responsible for Germany, Switzerland and Italy as well as for the Global Business Development.

Previously he led the Italian IT consultant Sempla S.r.L. of which GFT acquired a majority stake in May 2013. In 1999, he became Vice President of Technology at Sapient, where he was appointed CEO in 2003. During his time at Sapient he focused on the financial services market, developing the portfolio in the areas of branch systems, credit, CRM, compliance and wealth management.

Alfio Puglisi was the founder of Way New Associates (subsequently merged with Newmedia), an internet start-up specialised in web-based solutions for major companies involved in manufacturing, consumer goods and financial services.

After graduating in 1990, he took a position at IBM as a technical and commercial specialist focused on financial institutions. From 1996 to 1997 he worked in the field of internet testing with an emphasis on online retailing.

In 1990, Alfio Puglisi completed a degree in Management Engineering at Politecnico of Milan. He also attended courses in business administration at New York University.