Marko Garbajs

president of the Supervisory board

Marko Garbajs

Appointed: October 2014

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. He received his master’s degree in economics in 2004 from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, and received his MBA from the IEDC (Bled School of Management) in 2010.

He was employed as a project designer at Biro ES, d. o. o., Ljubljana from 1998 to 2002. He continued his career at Ilirika BPH, d. d., Ljubljana as an analyst and broker, before moving to Ilirika DZU, d. o. o., Ljubljana between 2002 and 2006, where he held various positions (member of the management board under the suspensive condition of obtaining authorisation from the Securities Market Agency/advisor to the management board/procurator/head of corporate governance/head of internal controls/analyst). He was employed as an adviser to the director at Pronep engineering, d. o. o., Ljubljana in 2006, and head of the private banking sector at Probanka, d. d., Maribor in 2007. In 2009 he was employed as the director of the investment sector at AC Invest, d. o. o., Belgrade. He began working as the executive director of strategic investments at the Capital Assets Management Agency (CAMA) in 2011, where his worked revolved around the management of state-owned capital assets.

After the winding up of the CAMA, he continued his career at Slovenska odškodninska družba, d.d., Ljubljana, which was later transformed into Slovenski državni holding, d. d., Ljubljana, where he was employed as
a senior manager in the capital assets management department until September 2015.

Since 2015 he has worked for Slovenska industrija jekla, d. d., where he performed the function of director of Griffon & Romano S.p.A. (a subsidiary of Slovenska industrija jekla, d. d.) until 20 December 2018, and the function of director of Inoxpoint, a company owned by the aforementioned subsidiary, until 20 December 2018. He has performed the non-executive function of president of the management body of Griffon & Romano S.p.A. since 20 December 2018.

Melita Malgaj

Deputy Chairwoman

Melita Malgaj

Appointed: October 2015

Ms Malgaj earned her bachelor's degree in 1995 at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, where she majored in in cash operations and finance.

She is currently employed at Slovenski državni holding d.d. as a senior manager in the department for capital asset management in tourism and economic sector. Ms Malgaj has years of experience in corporate governance, the sale of capital investments, corporate restructuring and the management of various projects, fields that require good organisational skills.

She also has a great deal of experience as a member of the corporate management and supervisory bodies, including as a member of the management board of PDP, d.d. and as a member of the supervisory board of Banka Celje, where she also served as a member of the supervisory board's audit committee and as chairwoman of the supervisory board's risk committee.

Alenka Vrhovnik Težak, MSc

member of the Supervisory Board

Alenka Vrhovnik Težak, MSc

Appointed: October 2015

Ms Vrhovnik Težak earned her bachelor's degree in international economic relations at the Faculty of Economics and Business in Maribor in 1992. In 1998, she earned her master' degree in management and organisation at the Faculty of in Ljubljana, where she majored in bank management.

She worked as a senior systems analyst at the Bank of Slovenia from 1992 to 1995.

Ms Vrhovnik Težak continued her career at Petrol d.d. in 1995 as an external trade sales officer, financial consultant, department head and deputy director of the international and strategic finance sector. In 2001, she assumed the function of assistant to the member of the management board responsible for finance and performed the function of chairwoman of operational risk committee, before continuing her career in 2005 as the member of the management board responsible for finance. She assumed leadership of Petrol d.d. as president of the management board in 2009. At the end of the same year, she continued her career as an advisor to the management board and in 2012 as the head of development projects.

She performed the function of procurator and financial advisor at the company VTT, storitve z dodano vrednostjo, d.o.o. from 2015 until 1 October 2018. She has performed the function of financial advisor since that date.

She has also served as a court expert in the areas of finance and economics since 2011.

She served as a member of several supervisory boards between 2005 and 2012.

Rok Pivk

member of the Supervisory Board

Rok Pivk

Appointed: May 2016

Mr Pivk majored in banking and finance at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana, where he graduated in 1996.

He currently serves as executive director at Triglav Osiguruvanje, A.D., Skopje.

He began his career in 1996 as an asset manager at the Bank of Slovenia. He then served as head of the foreign reserve management department in 2000. He continued his career at Zavarovalnica Triglav, d.d., where he served in various management functions within the Zavarovalnica Triglav Group. He served as director of investments and treasury from 2005 to 2014, and from August 2014 to June 2017, he served as executive director for finance. He managed the subsidiary Salnal from February 2015 until August 2017. He served as member and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the subsidiary Triglav, Upravljanje nepremičnin, d.d. from February 2008 to June 2017, and as a member of the Supervisory Board of Skupna pokojninska družba, d.d. from August 2016 to August 2018.

Dejan Kaisersberger

member of the Supervisory Board

Dejan Kaisersberger

Appointed: February 2017

Graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana in 2014 with a degree in business information.

He has been employed by Livar, d.d. since 6 May 2019 as Executive Director responsible for finance, information technology and procurement.

Has a great deal of experience in banking, financial services and management. Began his career in 2004 at UniCredit Bank, where he first worked as an analyst in controlling, and later as head of accounting, central bank reporting and the tax office. Continued his professional career in 2013 as financial director at Hypo Bank and Hypo Leasing, becoming a member of the management board in 2014. Responsible for financial controlling, accounting, regulatory reporting and taxes, balance sheet management and treasury at both companies. Since 2015 has also been responsible for credit, operational and market risk management, management of non-performing loans and risk control. He was employed at his own company, Dejan Kaisersberger, poslovno svetovanje s.p., as a business consultant and project manager from October 2016 to the end of April 2017. Beginning in May 2017, he was employed at Slovenski državni gozdovi, d.o.o. as Director of Finance for a period of two years. From 25 February 2019 until 5 May 2019, he also performed the function of non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Livar d.d.

Varja Dolenc, MSc

member of the Supervisory Board

Varja Dolenc, MSc

Appointed: July 2018

Ms Dolenc graduated in 1995 from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in cash operations and finance. In 1999, she completed her master’s studies at the University of Reading in the UK, were she received the title of Master of Science in the area of International Securities, Investment and Banking.

She began her career in 1996 at Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d., where she held various positions until the end of 2013. As a member of NLB d.d.’s group of perspective employees, she initially worked as a trainee and currency trader, and in 2000 assumed the position of head of the Controlling Centre for Treasury Operations and Investment Banking. Her career at NLB d.d. continued between 2003 and 2010 as the Director of the Treasury and Investment Banking Back-Office Sector. In 2010, she assumed the position of Executive Director in the area of retail banking in the Marketing, Customer Segments and Development Division. In 2013, she served as an assistant to the Management Board of NLB d.d. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of NLB Skladi d.o.o., and from 2012 to 2013 as a member of the Supervisory Board of Skupna pokojninska družba d.d.  

Between 2013 and 2016, she was employed at the insurance company Adriatic Slovenica Zavarovalna družba d.d., initially as an adviser and then as member of the Management Board responsible for finance, accounting and treasury. From 2015 to 2016 she served as Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Projektor d.o.o. and in 2016 as the Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Zdravje AS d.o.o. In 2017, she began working at the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana, where as assistant to the General Manager she was responsible for the purchasing activity, with an emphasis on rationalisation, the development of the activity, the introduction of new work methods and the implementation of remedial measures. She has been employed since May 2018 by Union hoteli d.d., Ljubljana, where she serves as the Director of Purchasing and Real Estate Management. In February 2019, she began performing the additional function of Deputy Director of the subsidiary IP Central d.o.o. within the Union Hoteli Group.

Miha Košak

member of the Supervisory Board

Miha Košak

Appointed: September 2018

Miha Košak graduated from the London School of Economics in 1989 with a degree in economics in the area of international trade and development, completed his master’s studies in the European Community economics program at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom in 1991 and received his MBA from Bocconi University in Italy in 1998.

He has several years of experience in international banking and management, primarily in the area of investment banking. He obtained his knowledge and experience in senior management positions at numerous leading international banks and financial institutions in London, such as VTB Capital PLC, UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Credit Suisse First Boston, and at UBS AG in Switzerland.

Since 2015, Mr Košak, has worked as an independent consultant to various financial institutions, primarily in the achievement of corporate, financial, business and strategic objectives as they relate to the privatisation of banks and M&A processes.

Since 2016, he has performed the function of expert consultant at the investment and consultancy firm LLP Emona Capital in London and serves as a member of the advisory board at Fraport Slovenija d.o.o. He is also a member of the strategy committee of Elan Inventa d.o.o.

Mr Košak has several years of experience in a supervisory function, and received the Financial Times Non-Executive Director diploma in 2016.  From 2013 to 2016, he served as a member of the Supervisory Board of Nova Ljubljanska banka d.d., and as a member of the Supervisory Board of Gorenje d.d. from 2016 to September 2018. He has served as a member of the Supervisory Board of Šiaulių Bankas in Lithuania since June 2017.

Former Members of the Supervisory Board

Janko Gedrih, chairman from 19. 11. 2012 to 9. 2. 2016

He graduated in law in 1973 from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana.

In 1973 and 1974 he was employed as a lawyer at ABC Ljubljana. His career then continued as secretary of the assembly at the Municipality of Domžale between 1974 and 1978. He was head of the legal department at Papirnica Količevo between 1978 and 1984.

Between 1984 and 1986 he was employed as director of the general affairs division at Stol Kamnik.

He was then employed as president of the executive council of the Municipality of Kamnik between 1986 and 1990.

The next step in his career was at NLB, where between 1990 and 2010 he held the positions of director of the general affairs division, director of the Kranj Branch Office, general director of NLB Tutunska banka Skopje, general director of NLB Montenegro banka Podgorica and general director of NLB Priština. At NLB Tutunska banka Skopje he was a member of the bank's management board for four years, at NLB Montenegro he was temporary director for three months, and at NLB Priština he was a director of the bank for 18 months.

He also held office as a member of the supervisory board and a member of the audit committee of NLB Tutunska banka Skopje.

After retiring in 2009, he was a member of the board of directors of Post Bank Sarajevo for two years.

 

Andrej Slapar, member (30 May 2012 - 31 May 2016)

Andrej Slapar is the President of the Management Board of Zavarovalnica Triglav. He was appointed to this position in May 2013 after having previously been a member of the Management Board of Zavarovalnica Triglav, Slovenia's largest insurance company.

After graduating in law, Slapar began his professional career in 1997, working as a lawyer covering international loss events for Zavarovalnica Triglav. He spent the following ten years at Pozavarovalnica Triglav RE, ultimately advancing towards membership of the Management Board.

Slapar is a representative for Zavarovalnica Triglav on the Council of the Slovenian Insurance Association. He is also President of the Supervisory Board of Pozavarovalnica Triglav RE, President and Member of the Supervisory Board of the Nuclear Insurance and Reinsurance Pool, a Member of the Supervisory Board of Abanka and a Member of the Supervisory Board of Krka.

 

Matjaž Trebše, MSc, member (8 October 2015 - 8 August 2016)

In 1986, Mr Trebše earned his bachelor's degree in economics at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, where he majored in international economic relations. In 1990, he earned his master' degree in business policy and organisation.

From 1986 to 1993, Mr Trebše worked at the company ITEO, where he served as the head of audit teams during joint audits with PriceWaterhouse in Slovenia and Balkans. He continued his career from 2004 to 2010 as a partner and managing director of UHY, a member of the UHY International, London. He has been a partner and procurator for the aforementioned audit firm since 2011.

Between 1993 and 2009, Mr Trebše worked as a certified auditor, and after 2009 as a certified business appraiser under a licence issued by the Slovenian Institute of Auditors.

 

Vid Leskovec, member of the Supervisory Board (till 18 th of August 2017)

Mr Leskovec holds a master's degree in law. He received his bachelor's degree in law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana in 1997. He received his master's degree in law from the Faculty of Law at Heidelberg University in 2005, and later had that degree officially recognised in Slovenia, where he received the same title (Mr Leskovec majored in German and Slovenian law, and in EU law). During his working career, Mr Leskovec has also studied corporate governance (he has been a certified member of the Slovenian Directors' Association since 2009), and has passed the state bar exam and the professional administrative exam.  

He is currently the managing director of the Law Office Leskovec LLC, which he established in 2010. Based on his practical work experience, Mr Leskovec was awarded the title of commercial law specialist by the Bar Association of Slovenia.

Except for his traineeship at the Ministry of the Interior, Mr Leskovec has worked continuously as a lawyer and most recently as an attorney for various law firms, including a law firm that specialises in banking and finance law (law firm of Jurij Dolžan) and the international law firm Wolf Theiss.

 

Blaž Šterk, member of the Supervisory board (till 31th of December 2017)

He graduated in economics in 2001 from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana. In 2007 he was awarded the professional title of certified corporate appraiser by the Slovenian Institute of Auditors.

Between 2001 and 2005 he was employed as a consultant at KPMG poslovno svetovanje d.o.o. in Ljubljana.

He continued his career as head of the corporate finance department at Poteza skupina d.d. Ljubljana, where he was employed between January 2006 and May 2007. Since 2007 he has been the company secretary at Interenergo d.o.o. Ljubljana, where he holds several managerial roles at the group.

 

Bernarda Babič, Msc, member of the Supervisory Board (till 5th of July 2018)

Ms Babič earned her bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989 while majoring in business finance at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Maribor. She continued her studies and in 2002 received a master of science degree in the field of business policy, with a major in banking.

Ms Babič has been employed at Slovenske železnice d.o.o. since 2016 as assistant to that company’s general director.

She began her career in 1989 at Banka Celje d.d. as a senior clerk responsible for planning and revenue analysis. She served as head of the Planning and Analysis Department from 1995 to 1999, during which time she served for a year as Deputy Director of the Accounting Sector. She then served as assistant to the Director of the Financial Markets Sector until 2007, and also served as deputy chair of the liquidity committee, deputy member of the bank’s credit committee and deputy member of the bank’s managing council. At Banka Celje d.d., she managed a comprehensive controlling project and a project to establish technological support for the bank’s liquidity ladder. She was also a member of the Basel II project team.

She continued her career at Perspektiva d.d., Borzno posredniška družba in 2007 as a member of that company’s Management Board.

She continued in 2015 as the head of a project to establish the comprehensive management of risks and internal controls within the Slovenske Železnice Group, and in 2016 assumed the function of assistant to the general director of the parent company, where she is responsible for the coordination of subsidiaries and departments within the Slovenske Železnice Group.

She has extensive experience as a member of the supervisory boards of various companies. She currently serves as President of the Supervisory Board of Terme Olimia d.d. and Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of Telekom Slovenije, d.d., where she is serving her second term of office as chair of the Supervisory Board’s audit committee.

 

Peter Merc, Ph.D., member of the Supervisory Board (till 9th of July 2018)

Mr Merc received his bachelor’s degree in law from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in 2008. He completed his master’s degree in 2012 and his doctorate in 2015 in the fields of banking and commercial law. He will complete his EMBA studies at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management in 2018.

Mr Merc began his business career in 2008 as a legal consultant in the NLB Group’s Capital Market Resources Department within the Financial Markets and Treasury Division. He worked in the aforementioned department from 2012 to 2013 as a financial markets specialist/legal consultant, before working as a specialist in NLB d.d.’s Compliance and Integrity Centre from 2013 to 2014. Mr Merc also served as a member of the City of Ljubljana’s Finance Committee from 2010 to 2014. He was employed from 2014 to 2015 as an independent compliance consultant at Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank d.d., where he specialised in capital markets.

In November 2014, he established his own legal, commercial and financial consulting company, Pravno, poslovno in finančno svetovanje Merc, Peter Merc, s.p. He is the co-founder of Lemur Legal d.o.o. since January 2016. That company provides legal advice to IT companies, mainly in the implementation of blockchain technology.

Mr Merc serves as co-chair of the Circular and Sharing Economy Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce. In October 2017, he was proposed by the Ministry of Public Administration and appointed by the Digital Coalition (which functions under the aegis of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia) as head of Slovenia’s Blockchain Think Tank.

Mr Merc has served as guest lecturer on multiple occasions at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, and has headed numerous round-table discussions and events covering topics in the fields of banking and financial law, digitalisation, the sharing economy and blockchain technology. He holds the status of guest expert at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Maribor. As a consultant he participates in several projects related to blockchain technology.

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