Attila Bánhidi, MD CCMO - Fornetti Group

He was born in 1970, on October 8th. He has two daughters. After finishing a grammar school specialising in foreign languages, he graduated at the College of Commerce, Catering and Tourism. Prior to Fornetti, he was the CEO of Mocca Negra Zrt. His professional field of interest is FMCG (Fast Moving Commercial Goods), which includes everything that can be purchased via network commerce. This is exactly why Fornetti is such a great challenge for him, as he has so far been dealing with trade chains, and retail trade, especially with so many units, requires renewed learning and trials of strength. He feels that working in this Hungarian-owned international franchise is an ultimately serious, very responsible and honourable duty.

He spends his (limited) spare time with his children and doing sports. Previously, he was involved in several branches of heavy athletics; he did judo and wrestling, so sports have become an important element of his life. In the past few years he has been doing power lifting and body building. Besides doing sports he also loves cars and technology.

István Herczeg, COO - Fornetti Group

I joined Fornetti because I received the proposal in a period of my life when I was open and ready for challenges given by a new company and new environment.

I do believe that the company can benefit from my experience and knowledge and with my new team we can contribute to the ongoing successful operations of Fornetti.

I completed my Food Engineer and Quality Control Engineer degree at the Szeged College for Food Industry. For 18 years I was working for Sole-Mizo in various areas of the operations, and left that company as the deputy CEO.

I live in Szeged with my family. I enjoy sailing, fishing and hunting.

Zoltán Kovács, CFO - Fornetti Group

He was born on September 1st, 1978. He is married, he has a little son and a baby girl. He went to high-school in Kecskemét, at ÁFEOSZ. Based on his school achievements he was admitted to the College of Finance and Accountancy in Győr without needing to pass an admission test. He obtained his first diploma in accountancy, and the second one in finance. His first workplace is Fornetti, where he has been working in different financial fields from the year 2000. The biggest professional challenge for him is that during the development of Fornetti he has always come across even more up-to-date directions; thus there is no conventionalism, and one constantly has to measure up to new situations and requirements. Besides his work, he has managed the finances of the Public Foundation for the Public Safety of Kecskemét for three years, without any remuneration.

His hobby is line-fishing.


Szilárd Kelemen, International Franchise and Concept Division Director

He was born in 1986. Following grammar school he graduated at Szeged University at the department for Food Industry the Faculty of Economics.

After graduation he began his career in commerce as a sales person of online advertising surfaces, and in 2009 he joined the Fornetti team. Working as a sales representative for two years, and then as a salesperson he gathered vital and valuable experience in developing and expanding the franchise market. During the years between 2012 to 2014 he operated as regional manager for Budapest, and then became sales director for Fornetti Romania.

He has been working in the role of Director for Franchise and Concept Division since December.

He devotes the majority of his free time to his recently born twin sons, as well as to astronomy, music and literature.

Jenő Fekete, Supply Chain Director

Born on 29th February, 1979, he is the father of a small daughter. He is an IT-expert with a university education. He graduated from the College of Mechanical Engineering and Automation in Kecskemét. Fornetti is his first workplace, to which he applied because he knew that it was a developing and renowned company – indeed, this was the only workplace he wanted to apply for. Tracking changes represent the biggest challenge for him here. He feels that working here leaves no time for boredom at all!

He spends his little spare time with his family and riding his bike.

Erika Turi, Quality Assurance, Food Safety and Work Safety Director

During my career so far, I have spent ten years in production and another ten years in quality assurance. I started from the bottom but taken my commitment and love of the profession I was offered to become a leader rather early and had the opportunity to take on further responsibilities and develop professionally. I owe my leadership skills to my father, and my persistence to my mother.

I have two diplomas in food industry engineering, several specialist exams and qualifications I am proud of, and which provide a firm basis for performing in my job. Form me it is a key to think and act in a team, as reaching our goals and making the necessary changes are only possible with the contribution from all of us in the team.

In my free time the order is family, friends, sport, travelling and reading.

Kitti Kelemen-Pataki, Creative Director

Kitti Kelemen-Pataki graduated at Szeged University as food industry entrepreneur engineer, and later completed her studies with a diploma as engineer-tutor and with one in economics. She started in Fornetti as an intern which proved to be a successful meeting. – Even after 10 years spent in the company, plenty of challenges come my way. During my tenure so far I have worked as marketing assistant, commercial and marketing office manager, creative manager and since 2015 I have been the creative director of Fornetti. I am of the restless kind, I love travelling, and to my success my husband also shares this passion. The world became complete for us two years ago when our twin sons were born burning all our excess energies but making every minute of our lives happy – as the director explained about herself.  

Emese Halász, HR Director

For nearly 18 years she worked as a teacher of English and language coach in adult education, and also as a translator and interpreter before she joined Fornetti in May 2015. As Aryzta Business Partner she supported the cooperation and work of the executive management and the various departments.
Since September 2017 she is in lead of the newly established HR department. Her primary task and objective is to develop and operate standard HR processes supporting the efficient operation of Fornetti Group, which at the same time contribute to creating a sustainable, improving, variable work environment ensuring appreciation and support for the associates.
She spends her free time with her family, enjoys reading, excursions and sports.        

Attila Jeszenői, IT Director

Having graduated from the College for Traffic and Transport life gifted him with the beauties of IT technology.
Following a few years working as a beginner at work places he was at the right time on the right place and soon found himself in the bakery industry and soon found that his job to work out processes as part of a bigger system as an IT engineer became his hobby even to date. As a result of constant changes and development right from the beginning he is now head of the IT team and works in the field of development and operations alike.

Márton Benke, Finance Director, Fornetti Group Controller

Born in Szolnok on 20th October, 1987, Márton graduated in finance and accountancy, specialised in controlling in his home town.

He began his working career as a controller working first in the meat and then in automotive industry. Returning to the food industry he began with Fornetti as a controller in April 2014.

He found working with an excellent team in the due diligence process prior to the acquisition of the company an exciting challenge. He sees continuous professional development in integrating in the Aryzta Group financial system and processes.

As of November 2015 he has been Fornetti Group’s controller, and acts as Fornetti Kft’s CFO since August 2016 overseeing operations in the financial, accounting, invoicing and controlling departments.

Márton enjoys spending his free time with his partner, on excursions and watching films. He is passionate about folk music and folk dances which he has been actively practising as a member of a folk dance group since he was 7.   

Sándor Lencsés, Hungarian Franchise and Concept Director

Sándor Lencsés was born in 1981. After graduating as a German teacher, he started to work at Fornetti Kft. in 2004 as sales representative. During these years he gained all-round knowledge about the market. Using his outstanding communicative and organisation skills, he continued his career as regional leader, where he did a lot for the most effective operation of sales locations.

From December 2016 he is the Junior Hungarian Franchise and Concept manager – his professional experience means a serious support for the sales team of Fornetti.

As he is the father of 3 children, he mostly spends his free time with his family. He follows the events of the English and Spanish football and Formula-1 with interest.

Gábor Papp, Franchise Technical Director

He was born on December 2nd , 1975. He is the father of two children. Having finished his agricultural and custom administrator studies, he obtained a degree-level education. His professional and human qualities were recognised at his former workplace, as a result of which he was invited to Fornetti in 2004. Continually changing new tasks and their up-to-date, precise solutions are the most challenging for him.

He spends his spare time primarily with his family; secondly, he enters competitions with his Malinois working dog, solving inspection and safeguarding tasks.

Ferenc Németh, Product Development Director

He completed his secondary school studies in the prominent food industry vocational school in Nagykőrös and specialised as baker and confectioner technician. He completed his higher education studies as a correspondence student in the Szeged Food Industry Engineering College while already working for Fornetti.
He joined Fornetti in 2003 and started in the product development team in 2005. Since 1st May 2018 he has been the Junior Product Development Director.
Constant renewal every day is vital for him, to be able “to learn something new every day”.
He is married and has a son. He enjoys fishing, reading and spends his free time with his family.

Péter Csizi, Quality Assurance Director

I graduated from Szeged University as a food engineer and spent a few months in the meat industry as an intern, before I got a job in Fornetti as a quality controller.

I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work in a professionally challenging environment that has provided me with a deep knowledge of the various areas and responsibilities of food safety systems and food quality assurance. Being a QA professional means constant learning and development that is the drive both for me and my team in our everyday work. Aryzta Group, the expanded customer and partner network, as well as the customer needs and the requirements set by the Fornetti name all add further dimension to that.

In my free time I like doing sports and my readings primarily include professional books and articles.


Gábor Nagy, Technical & Maintenance Director

I was born in Subotica, where when I was 14, I learnt to work with welding machine, cutter and other such fine instruments in a small rubber factory. After high school, I chose the technical career and obtained my technical degree in BME as a meshanical engineer of production systems.

I started my professional career as a maintainer at a Swiss food company and have been working in the food industry in various manager positions ever since. I have already start up a factory, supervised factory construction, installed production lines and, among other things, carried out maintenance.

I joined Fornetti on January 10, 2020 as a project manager. I hope I can contribute my professional knowledge to the success of the company.

In my spare time, I build my house, which has already become my number one hobby. In addition, the Croatian coast and cars are my second hobbies.

Norbert Kiss, Production Director

 He was born on the 7th of February 1984 in Nyírbátor. He is married and father of two. He graduated from the Westsik Vilmos Food Industry Training College with the qualification of baker-, pastry-cook in Nyíregyháza.

After these studies he worked as a baker in a Factory of the Baking Firm of Mátészalka located in Nyírbátor.

He joined the Fornetti Group in 2005, where he has tried himself in different areas of the production. 

From 2010 he helped the international subsidiaries as operation developer installing new technologies and coaching them.

In June 2016 he became the Deputy Director of Production, and from August 2017 he is the Production Director.

At a successful company as Fornetti he finds the production coordination of these qualitatively and food safety wise outstanding products a quite challenging task.

He believes that, the continuous self-development and learning of new technologies is essential.

He spends his free time with his family, sports and reading. He is a huge fun of technical sports such as WTCC and Moto GP. He follows all events of them.

Csaba Bakos, Production Director

I was born 19th February in 1980. I finished secondary vocational school as joiner but never worked in this profession. In 2000 as my first workplace I joined the Fornetti team. I was drawn into the continuous development and was inspired by the challenges. I worked in nearly all positions in the production from dough maker to plant leader, and since 2019 May I have been the director of the Kiskunfélegyháza factory. It continues to be an inspiration for me that there is always something new to learn and there is place for introducing modifications and improvements.

In my free time I try to spend as much time as possible with my three children and my wife. My hobbies include NFL, Formula 1 and gastronomy.

Dániel Maróti, Procurement Director

I joined Fornetti in the summer 2019 after having worked over 15 years in the food industry as procurement professional and manager. I graduated as economist and have done studies in logistics. I thoroughly enjoy implementing in practice the knowledge I gathered during my education, as well as the continuous learning by doing my job. This is what inspires me, and I am doing my best to bring it to Fornetti’s long-term benefit.  

I am characterised by being very active, seeking continuously for the better in the field of procurement, and to bring the best to the Company. Once the best is found, it takes hard work and efforts to maintain it for the long term.

I am open and cooperative, but also conservative in some respects. I believe these are all necessary for managing cooperation successfully within Fornetti, which in turn will contribute to the Company being profitable.

I live in Kecskemét with my family. I do sports in my free time and read when time allows.

Day after day nearly 1 million people consume Fornetti products. We put the key focus on constantly developing and renewing our product range in line with the consumers’ and customers’ demands.
Fornetti is using the experience gained in its franchise network of over 5000 shops to assist our retail partners.
Fornetti’s franchise system enables you to extend the product range of your existing store with a small investment, or to start a new profitable business.