Leadership Team

Co-CEO and Chairman of the Board

Dimitar Nachkov

Dimitar joined Programista; in 2014 as Director of Business Expansion and Operations. He has 24 years of C-level management experience and has led companies in the pharmacy, textile, distribution, and export sectors.

He has negotiated and created successful long-term partnerships with customers and suppliers, carried out organizational transformations, and actively participated in M&A expansions. Dimitar has a BA and an Executive MBA from the American University in Bulgaria.

Co-CEO, CTO and Member of the Board

Georgi Sokolov

Georgi joined Prime Holding in 2016 as its CTO. He was appointed to Prime’s  Board of Directors in 2018 and assumed the co-CEO role in 2019. Georgi is a software engineer, manager, and architect with 20+ years of international experience. He has created several software development companies and led two of them through successful acquisitions.

Georgi attended the Department of Computer Science at Paisii Hilendarski University as well as the Department of National Security at Neofit Rilski University.

CFO and Member of the Board

Kliment Nachkov

Kliment joined Prime Holding in 2016 as its CFO. Prior to that, he was part of a leading investment banking firm in Bulgaria specializing in M&A and financial consulting. He started his career as a senior credit analyst at Artisans’ Bank in Delaware, USA, monitoring and analyzing the financial performance and creditworthiness of SMEs.

Kliment holds a BSc (with honors) in Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom College and an MBA degree with a finance focus from the University of Delaware.

CLO and Member of the Board

Elena Shopova

Elena became the CLO of Programista; in 2014. She envisioned and executed the plan for the creation of Prime Holding, as well as all subsequent company acquisitions and incorporations, in Bulgaria and elsewhere. Elena is the Managing Partner at Shopova, Kolarova & Partners - a co-founding member of IUSFUL (the largest European network of elite boutique law firms).

She is a member of the Sofia Bar Association and has 30 years of legal experience. Elena received her law degree from Kliment Ohridski University.

Chief Revenue Officer and Member of the Board

Bojidar Bakalov

Bojidar’s professional career spans 30+ years and began while he was obtaining a BSc in Economics from the University of Delaware. Upon receiving his MBA from Georgetown University, he worked on Procter & Gamble’s Crest, Scope, and Olay brands.

He has led marketing consulting projects for Media Cybernetics, INPUT, Columbia Energy Group, Revlon, Marketing Technology Solutions, TwinLab, Lane Labs, Brandstorm, and Terlato. Most recently, Bojidar managed the CEE territory for SevOne (now part of IBM).

SVP Innovation

Alexander Papratilov

Alexander joined Programista; in 2015 with a diverse international technical and business background.

His 20+ years of experience as a software engineer and manager of development teams and R&D organizations prepared him well to successfully lead Prime’s Production Department.

Alexander holds a BSc in Electronics from Technical University Plovdiv and an MSc in Software Technologies from Paisii Hilendarski University.

SVP Technology

Dessislava Zaharieva-Uzunova

Dessislava found her passion for programming 17 years ago. Before joining Programista; in 2015, she was in charge of Product Development at a leading sports betting provider.

She sees her position at Prime Holding to be a combination of the best of both worlds - technology innovation and people management.

In addition to her native Bulgarian, Dessislava speaks 5 languages and is a Ph.D. candidate at Paisii Hilendarski University.

SVP Business Development

Kristian Smilenov

Kristian started his professional career as a software engineer passionate about automation and development processes optimization.

Prior to joining Programista; in 2014, he co-founded one start-up and led software development at another. In 2017, he assumed the leadership role at Prime’s Business Development Department.

Kristian holds a BSc degree in Computer Software Engineering from Kliment Ohridski University.

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