The Slovenia Times

Long-Time Steel Boss Named to Represent Big Business in Slovenia


The veteran industry executive will assume a two-year term on Sunday, succeeding Samo Hribar Milič, who has led the GZS in various capacities since November 2006, including both as president and CEO in recent years, but will now hold only the latter post.

Mačkošek has promised to work on giving business a bigger say in policies that affect it and "elevate its image in society as a whole". He said his priority will also be in building consensus with social partners.

He also indicated a willingness to work more closely with GZS's small business cousin, the Chamber of Trade Crafts and Small Business (OZS), on areas of common interest, foremost getting businesses of all sizes to join the organisations which represent them at the table with other stakeholders.

Another priority will be strengthening its global links, with which it will be better equipped to help Slovenian businesses penetrate foreign markets.

As far as membership, Mačkošek told the STA his goal was to "increase the number of members in the GZS by at least 10%".

The 61-year-old, who has been general manager of Štore Steel since 1998, was confirmed for the position in a unanimous vote featuring the 84 members of the general assembly which represent its corporate members.

The post of GZS president is honorary, while that of the CEO is a fully professional role. Hribar Milič, whose term as CEO runs until the autumn, said that it was common practice in Europe to have separate positions, with the role of president being held by a respected executive.

"With this we strengthen leadership and ensure that business interests are directly represented," Hribar Milič said.


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