THE HEAD OF THE MINISTRY
Zdravko Počivalšek has a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He headed Terme Olimia for the last 15 years. He won the Chamber of Commerce and Industry award in 2004 and was declared Manager of the Year 2010.
Zdravko Počivalšek, born in 1957, gained his first managerial experience in 1985-1986 as a member of a business group that reformed the operation of the Šmarje pri Jelšah Agricultural Combine. He was the manager of Šmarje pri Jelšah Agricultural Cooperative until 1994 and then the manager of the Mlekarne Celeia dairy company. In 1999, he took over the top managerial position at Atomske toplice spa resort, which was transformed into the Terme Olimia trademark under his leadership. He held that position until his appointment as minister.
In 2005, he received an award from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia for outstanding economic and entrepreneurial achievements in 2004, and in 2010 he was declared Manager of the Year 2010 for outstanding achievements of long-term significance in the economy. On 4 December 2014, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him Minister of Economic Development and Technology.
Aleš Cantarutti, born on 15 August 1972, has a degree in Sociology - Human Resource Management and Development. After completing his internship at Javor Pivka, d.d., he worked for Formitas BBDO advertising agency as a key account manager. From January 2000 to June 2006 he worked as a sales and marketing manager at Javor Pivka, d. d., and as a sales manager in Moscow in 2005. From June 2006 to June 2007, he was the manager of Fabrika plus, s. p., which provided market communications and strategic marketing services. He also lectured in Business Communication and Management at the Postojna Higher Vocational College. In 2008, he took employment at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia as head of the international relations department, and was made the director of the Centre for International Relations at the Chamber in 2009.
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him a state secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology on 18 December 2014.
Margareta Guček Zakošek, MSc, was born on 21 August 1970 in Celje. After completing grammar school in Celje in 1989, she enrolled at the Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty where she undertook a research study in biology at the Biology Department, which she completed in 1994 with a thesis in the field of determining the quality of water on the basis of biodiversity.
Her first jobs in the business sector date back to 1997, where she worked in global corporations (Eli Lilly, Bayer CC) as well as in successful Slovenian companies. In her 17 year-long business career she headed the sales department, held the positions of brand manager, marketing manager and business development manager and was director of the company operating on Slovenian, former Yugoslav and other west European markets. She continuously brushes up her skills in personal and group coaching (facilitation) and participates in several societies and associations.
In 2005 she upgraded her long-standing profession with a Master's Degree in Economics (Entrepreneurship study programme) at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, where she gained knowledge of the theory and practice in the management of small and medium-sized enterprises. She completed her studies with a scientific work in the field of marketing.
Margareta Guček (MSc) was elected member of National Assembly of Republic of Slovenia last year. She was the President of the Committee on the Economy, member of the Commission for Public Office and Elections and member of the Committee on Infrastructure, Environment and Spatial Planning. She was also Head of National Assembly's Delegation to NATO. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed her a state secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology on June 2015.