The Management Board of Gorenje, d.d.

The Management Board consists of a Management Board President and at least two Management Board members, of which one is a worker's representative. The number of Management Board members is defined by the Supervisory Board. Management Board's term lasts five years, with an option of reappointment. Current Management Board members assumed their respective terms on July 19, 2013; their terms last until July 19, 2018.

Members of the currently five-member Management Board are assigned their responsibilities, or fields of work, by the Supervisory Board, in compliance with the relevant organizational rules. When appointing the Management Board members, the Supervisory Board shall consider their professional knowledge, work experience, management and leadership abilities, and the ability to coordinate various activities.

The Management Board shall report regularly, and at least once per quarter, to the Supervisory Board, on all issues of relevance to the performance of the parent company and the Group.

Management Board members shall also perform managerial duties in Gorenje's subsidiaries.

On January 1st 2012, new redistribution of Management Board member responsibilities became effective, which effectively introduces a shift from divisional to functional organizational structure.

Franjo Bobinac

President of the Management Board and CEO

Franjo Bobinac obtained a degree in international economic relations from the Faculty of Economics - University of Ljubljana (1982). He completed his MBA studies at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Paris in 1997. 

He began his career in Emo Celje, where he worked for three years. In 1986 he joined Gorenje Commerce as Assistant Export Director. He was appointed Export Director in the company Gorenje Household Appliances in 1990 and one year later took on the position of Marketing Manager in the same company. From 1993 to 1998 he was Managing Director at Gorenje’s branch office in Paris. After Gorenje’s transformation into a public limited company in 1998, he became member of the temporary Management Board of Gorenje, d. d. in charge of sales and marketing. In 2003 he was for the first time appointed President of the Management Board of Gorenje. He began his second term of office as President of the Management Board in 2008 and third term of office on 19 July, 2013.   As of May 1, he is also in charge of the newly founded field of corporate marketing.

He has international experience in various business functions, and holds in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge. He is a member of the General Assembly of the CECED European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers, member of the Management Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia, member of the Management Board of the IEDC Bled School of Management and member of the Management Board of the University of Ljubljana and the Research Institute Jožef Stefan, member of the Council at the Faculty of Economics (University of Ljubljana), and President of the Handball Association of Slovenia. He is also Vice-President of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia, and previously served a five-year term as President of the Association. He is also a member of the Management Board of the Managers’ Association of SE Europe Summit 100.

He occasionally lectures at the IEDC Bled School of Management and at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, and is a guest lecturer at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School.

He was awarded the decoration of knight of national order of merit of the Republic of France and also received the award of the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia for exceptional economic achievements in the year 2007 and the medal of Janez Vajkard Valvasor for economists granted by the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School.

He holds 4,096 GRVG shares.

Peter Groznik

Member of the Management Board in charge of Finance and Economics

After graduating from the Faculty of Economics – University of Ljubljana in 1996, Peter Groznik further pursued his academic career and completed his master’s studies in economics at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA, and later received his PhD in finance in 2003 from the same institution.

After completing his PhD, he began his professional career as a consultant on financial regulation for the company Mobitel, followed by employment at various companies of KD skladi, where he was in charge of fund management from 2005 to 2009. In March 2009, he was appointed CEO of KD skladi; his term ended in September 2010.

He is the founder of the investment consultancy firm NorthGrant Consulting. His cooperation with Gorenje dates back to September 2011 when he was hired as an independent consultant for financial issues. He became a member of the Management Board on 19 April 2012.

Since 1996, he has taught several courses at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. He was also a lecturer and visiting professor at the Kelley School of Business, USA and the International Graduate Business School in Zagreb.

He has received several academic awards, participated in many seminars and conferences at home and abroad, and has published several articles in Slovenian and international expert journals.

He holds 7,140 GRVG shares.

 

Branko Apat

Member of the Management Board in charge of Major Appliance Operations and Heating Equipment Operations and Sales

Branko Apat obtained a degree in foreign trade from the Faculty of Economics in Maribor (1984). In 1988 he completed a specialist study programme in marketing at the Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA.

After his traineeship in Gorenje, he was employed as a sales specialist for products and services beyond the Gorenje parent company. He continued his career as Export Director for the Middle East. In 1988 he became Assistant Export Director for out-of-white goods, and was also in charge of marketing in South America. In 1990 he was appointed Purchasing Director, and three years later Marketing Director (1993). From 1999 until the end of 2009, he was Managing Director of the company producing water heaters – Gorenje Tiki. In 2003 he was appointed Executive Director by the Management Board, responsible for coordinating the activities of companies in the Gorenje Group in the areas of heating systems, tool making and the manufacture of industrial equipment; from 2006 onward he was also responsible for Gorenje’s supplementary programme. In 2007 he was appointed to theCompany’s Management Board in charge of complementary programmes, purchasing and logistics. 

In 2009, he was as Member of the Management Board responsible for the whole Home Appliances Division, including sales. Since 1 January 2012 he is in charge of the the Major Appliance Operations and Heating Equipment Operations and Sales.

He holds 626 GRVG shares.

dr. Peter Kukovica

Member of the Management Board in charge of Business Support functions (Chief Business Support Officer)

He assumed his term as a Management Board member on April 28, 2014.

After graduating at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, in 1989, he followed up his studies with a post-graduate program at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana where he first earned title of management specialist, followed by the title Master of Business Policy and Organization. In 1998, he was awarded the PhD title in business administration and organization at the same school.

Throughout his business career, he performed a number of functions. After completing his undergraduate studies, he was a system analyst at Iskra Zorin/Mike software, d.o.o. Then, he was the director of a sector at Nissan Adria, and assistant director at Suzuki, Wolf, and partners. From 2001 to 2007, he was the assistant general manager in charge of strategic development and marketing at ACH. He then further pursued his career as Management Board member and deputy director at AMZS, d.d.. In 2012, he was appointed president of Iskra Sistemi, after working as Management Board member, and later President and CEO at Iskra Mis from 2009 to 2012. From 2003 to 2008 he qualified himself as lecturer at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana and gave lectures on the subject Commercial operations with base of marketing II.

He was a Supervisory Board member of Pošta Slovenije (Slovenian postal service) and Vzajemna (a health insurance company), Supervisory Board chairman at AMZS, d.d., president of the Slovenian Athletics Association, and president of the Sports Foundation.

From mid-June 2013 until his appointment to the Management Board, he was an advisor to Gorenje President and CEO. His field of work included development of solutions for improvement in complexity and supply chain management, improvement of cost efficiency, and monitoring of accomplishment of strategic projects and goals.

He is the Supervisory Board Chairman at Nova KBM and a member of the Strategic Council for Internationalization at the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He holds no GRVG shares.

 

 

Drago Bahun

Member of the Management Board - Labour Director

Drago Bahun completed his studies of sociology (majoring in human resources training) at the Faculty of Sociology, Political Sciences and Journalism - University in Ljubljana (1979), followed by postgraduate studies in staffing at the Faculty of Social Sciences- University in Ljubljana. He began his career at the Mining and Energy Engineering State Combine in Velenje in 1979, where he headed the Department of Business System Organisation until the end 1984. He has been employed at Gorenje since 1985 when he was employed as Vice-chairman of the management committee of the composite organisation for the field of socio-economic relations.

From 1987 to 1990 he was a member of the Management Board of Gorenje Gospodinjski aparati responsible for staffing, and from 1990 to 1997 held the post of Director of Human Resources and General Affairs. He was then a member of the temporary Management Board after the restructuring of the Company into a public limited company in 1997. The following year he was appointed Member of the Management Board in charge of human resources and Labour Director. From 2003 to the end of 2011 he was member of the Management Board in charge of human resources, organisation and labour director. He is member of the Management Board – Labour Director since 1 January 2012.

He has been active in various institutions and professional organisations (Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia, Ministry of Labour, Employers’ Association). He is a member of the Skiing Association of Slovenia, and President of the organizational committee of Planica.

He holds 9,082 GRVG shares.