THE HEAD OF THE MINISTRY

Minister

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.

State Secretary

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.