Former Deputy PM Martina Dalic to Continue at Podravka’s Helm

Lauren Simmonds

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Martina Dalic
Martina Dalic

As Jutarnji list/Novac writes, on Friday last week, Podravka’s Supervisory Board appointed a new Management Board, which will continue to be headed by Martina Dalic for the next five-year term. Davor Doko and Ljiljana Sapina will also remain on the Management Board, while new members are Milan Tadic and Ivan Ostojic.

According to the announcement, the five-year term of the new Management Board of Podravka begins on February the 24th, 2022.

Martina Dalic, who was appointed to this position on February the 4th, 2021, will therefore remain in the position of President of the Management Board. With this recent decision, the Supervisory Board confirmed its satisfaction with the work and the results achieved under Dalic, entrusting her with running the company throughout the next, full term.

Along with Martina Dalic, members of the Management Board who are set to remain are Davor Doko and Ljiljana Sapina, who were first appointed back in February 2017, and as new members it includes Milan Tadic, Podravka’s General Manager for the Adria Region, and Ivan Ostojic, who comes from Wustenrot. Ostojic is also a member of Podravka’s Supervisory Board and his term in the Management Board will begin on July the 1st, 2022, Podravka’s statement said.

Podravka also pointed out that the Supervisory Board thanked the current members – Marko Djerek and Hrvoje Kolaric for their contribution to Podravka through their membership in the Management Board of the company.

Marko Djerek is now a member of the Belupo Management Board, which continues to be led by Hrvoje Kolaric, according to Podravka’s statement.

As the President of the Supervisory Board, Zelimir Vukina stated: “The fact that we’ve completed the election process and decided on the composition of the new Management Board almost a month before the current Management Board’s term is set to begin is the result of the Supervisory Board’s focus on continuously improving the quality of corporate governance and approaching global standards for Podravka’s size and complexity.”

Congratulating the President and the appointed members of the Management Board, he said that they expect the new Management Board to achieve the goals of the strategic plan for the next five years and especially the further growth of the company, both organically and through acquisitions.

”We expect the intensification of investments in raising the overall technological level of production processes as a prerequisite for greater innovation and maintaining high product quality, the motivation and loyalty of our employees and a contribution to increasing the quality of life in the local community, all of which will be the best indicators of the success of the new Management Board,” said Vukina.

Martina Dalic stated that the opportunity to lead Podravka together with her colleagues from the new Management Board is understood as an expression of trust placed in her over the next five years, but in the same way as it did a year ago, for her, it represents an “extremely great responsibility”.

“It’s my responsibility to achieve Podravka’s success on the global market and increase value for shareholders, and it’s also to improve things for the local community through the continuous improvement of the position and satisfaction of all our employees. Podravka is a Croatian multinational company whose heart is and will always be in Koprivnica. I expect the Management Board to function as a team, focused solely on the growth and development of Podravka through dedicated and determined implementation of the development and investment cycle that we started in recent months,” said Martina Dalic, who then thanked the members of the Supervisory Board and all shareholders for their trust in her.

It’s worth noting that the largest shareholders of Podravka are Croatian pension funds (mandatory and voluntary) which together hold 51.1 percent of Podravka’s shares, while the state has 25.5 percent of Podravka’s shares.

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