Maribor – Tomaž Kostanjevec, director of the SPIRIT agency for promotion of entrepreneurship and investment, has stepped down as a member of the supervisory board of the state-run postal company after the board endorsed Tomaž Kokot for a full term as CEO of Pošta Slovenije. Kostanjevec has told the STA the reason for the move is personal.
Confirming Kostanjevec’s resignation, supervisory board chairman Ervin Renko denied the move was in any way related to the appointment of director general. “Out of respect for privacy we must not, nor have we the right to interfere in the details of the resignation,” he told the STA.
However, unofficial sources indicate Kostanjevec stepped down due to pressure related to Kokot’s appointment at Tuesday’s session of the supervisory board.
Kokot stepped in as interim CEO of Pošta Slovenije in late March 2021, when the previous director resigned. He allegedly does not have the required years of experience running a large company.
According to the online edition of Delo, the supervisory board was divided over the appointment with four members in favour and four against. The vote was decided by a double vote of the board’s chairman, who like Kokot is linked to the ruling Democrats (SDS), the newspaper reported.
Delo said Kostanjevec, who is tipped to be of the quota of Concretely, the party of Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek, was one of the four supervisors who voted in Kokot’s favour.
The paper also cast into doubt the lawfulness of Renk’s appointment, saying this meant the board’s decisions where he had a key role were questionable.
Last year, Franci Mihelič and Aleš Buležan stepped down as supervisors allegedly because they did not want to take responsibility for the developments. The pair were allegedly from the circles of the coalition New Slovenia (NSi) and Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS), formerly a coalition member. In December supervisor Matjaž Fortič, appointed from the quota of the SMC, Concretely’s precursor, reported unlawful pressure to the state asset manager SSH.