News 22. 11. 2018

Supervisory Board Appoints two new Management Board Members of SSH

On 13 September 2018, Supervisory Board, with the aim of filling vacant positions, published an international invitation to apply for a position of 2 members of SSH Management Board. The candidates had been advised to submit their applications no later than by 24 September 2018, attaching evidence supporting their satisfaction of all of the criteria mentioned in the published invitation to apply, a short curriculum vitae and a description of key challenges in regard to the performance of the function, in accordance with the provisions of ZSDH-1.

Thirty-eight candidates from Slovenia submitted their applications to the said international invitation. The Nomination Committee held 7 sessions to examine all applications received, short-listing 24 candidates satisfying all formal criteria in the first round.

Following interviews held with 22 candidates, the Nomination Committee then chose 8 candidates who were invited to take part in the next phase. After verifying all references stated by the candidates and after additional interview held, the number of candidates was reduced to 5, and among these, the Nomination Committee prepared a proposal for SSH Supervisory Board for new members of SSH Management Board.

The SSH Supervisory Board endorsed the proposal given by the Nomination Committee, and at today's session appointed two new SSH Management Board members: specifically, Boštjan Kolar, for the term of office of 4 years, starting on 1 December 2016; and Andrej Božič, for the term of office of 4 years, starting on 21 January 2019. In accordance with the SSH Articles of Association and ZSDH-1, the term of Vanessa Grmek, a court-appointed SSH Management Board Member, will terminate on 1 December 2018.

Furthermore, SSH Supervisory Board approved the Criteria for Measuring Effectiveness of SOEs and the Criteria for Measuring Performance of SSH. Next week, SSH Supervisory Board will discuss and decide about the Annual Asset Management Plan for 2019 (AAMP 2019) at its correspondence session, after which the said document will be submitted to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for its consent, in accordance with ZSDH-1. SSH Supervisory Board was also informed on the Interim Paper on Asset Management, on the simulation of preliminary ROE forecast and dividend income for AAMP 2019, the Board was notified about the implementation measures in connection with the Tourism Strategy and reviewed a report on Sava d.d.


Presentation of new Members of Management Board

Andrej Božič (1960) has graduated in Economics and specialised in a post-graduate study programme - Marketing and Finances - at the Cleveland State University, USA. He has extensive experience in running and managing companies.

Prior to being appointed to the SSH Management Board Member, he held top executive positions in companies in Slovenia and abroad.  Mr. Božič is an expert with international experiences, he was a CEO of Steklarna Hrastnik for seven years, before that he was a Managing Director of Mondi Frohnleiten GmbH, Frohnleiten, Austria, a member of the Mondi Group, and prior to that, he was a Managing Director of Mondi Raubling GmbH, Germany, another member of the Mondi Group.

Mr Božič is fluent in English, German and Croatian, and is a passive speaker of Italian. He participated in additional training programmes organised by the Oxford Academy for or Quantum Leadership Danah Zohar, United Kingdom, and by the Swedish Institute of Management Sitguna, Sweden, to name a few.

Andrej Božič received several awards: in 2017, he received the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia's (CCIS) award for outstanding business and entrepreneurial achievements, and in 2016, the Managers' Association of Slovenia's Award: the Manager of 2016, and in 2015 in London, the European Business Award.

He is a member of the Management Board of the Managers' Association of Slovenia, and a member of the Management Board of the British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, in addition to being a member and a former President of the Rotary Club Emona of Rotary International Organisation.

He will assume the function of a Management Board Member on 21 January 2019.


Boštjan Koler (1961) holds a university degree in law.  

In his career, he obtained extensive experience in financial sector: during the period of time when running and supervising banks and companies within banking groups, in the initial phase of the Ljubljanska Banka's restructuring, he was first appointed an Advisor to the NLB's Management Board, then a Director of Small Business Lending Department, which was followed by a position of a Director of Life Insurance Company Project. He led the business processes re-engineering project of LB Zagreb branch network.  

He later continued his career in SKB Bank on a position of an Executive Manager of Branch network and, following the integration of SKB Bank with Société Générale Group, he assumed the position of a Director of a company carrying out the processing of card payment instruments in Slovenia and Serbia. He was also a Member of the Management Board of Technology Park Ljubljana. In 2002, he was invited to a position within the renewed Management Board of SIB Bank, his responsibilities covered retail banking operations, legal affairs, HR and IT. 

Since 2004, for more than 10 years, he held positions of a Management Board Member and President in companies within NLB Group in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. During this period of time, he led supervisory bodies of NLB Group's affiliates in Slovenia and in the Balkans.  

He was also a mentor, a lecturer and a member of the Exam Committee of the Training Centre of the Bank Association of Slovenia.  

He will assume the function of a Management Board Member on 1 December 2018.


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