The Assembly is the highest body the Foreign Investors Council, and it consists of the authorized representatives of ordinary members of the Council. The Assembly meets at least annually to discuss and decide on any matter related to accomplishment of the objectives of the FIC. Between two Assembly sessions, its function is performed by the Board of Directors, with the exception of decisions which require votes of two thirds of the present Council members.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors is the executive body of the FIC, responsible for strategic direction and activities of the Council. The Board of Directors is composed of a minimum five and a maximum of nine members, that is, the President, two Vice Presidents and two to six other members elected by the Assembly with the mandate of two years.
Mladen Fogec was born in 1959 in Zagreb, where he graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and acquired the title of a graduate electrical engineer. Having completed his studies, he started working at the company ATM Inženjering, which was later on acquired by Siemens, where he worked on the design of automation of industrial plants and processes.
Two years later, he started working in Banex, distributor and Siemens representative for the former Yugoslavia, where he took on the position of a sales engineer. He worked at that position until the establishment of Siemens in Croatia, where he started working as a sales manager.
In the late eighties, as a part of Banex, a former Siemens branch office in Zagreb, Mladen Fogec launched the business of sales and servicing of Siemens ultrasound devices and electromedical equipment for the market of the entire region. In 1997, he took over the position of the head of the Siemens division for medical solutions and equipment.
He was the President of the Board of Management of Siemens from 2009-2018 where he was is responsible for the company’s growth and development in the areas od Industry and Energy, as well as for increasing exports and competitiveness of the company both on the domestic market as well as the markets of neighboring countries.
Mladen Fogec is the President of the Foreign Investors Council in the Republic of Croatia, a board member of the German-Croatian Chamber of Industry and a member of the Board of Directors of the Croatian-Austrian Chamber of Commerce.
Zoltán Áldott, the president of the Management Board of INA
Zoltán Áldott, the President of INA Management Board since April 1, 2010, started his career in 1990 as an associate in Creditum Financial Consulting. Since 1992 to1995 he held various positions in Eurocorp Financial Consulting.
He joined MOL in 1995 as the lead of Privatization Department. From 1997 till 1999 he was Director of Capital Markets Department and since 1999 till 2000 Mr. Áldott served as Director of Strategy & Business Development.
From November 2000 to June 2001 he was Chief Strategy Officer and then, since June 2001 Group Chief Strategy Officer. Since September 2004 till June 2011 he has been the Executive Vice President of Exploration & Production Division of MOL Group. From October 2003 till April 2010 he was a member of the Supervisory Board of INA.
Zoltán Áldott has a University Degree from Budapest University of Economics.
Viktor Pavlinić, the president of the Management Board of Tele2. He has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, ranging from various positions in the finance, sales and logistics departments. Viktor started his career at HT d.d. in 1997 in the HT logistics division. From 2002 he joined the finance team of HT’s mobile unit, first in the Accounting Department and since 2005 in the Controlling Department at T-Mobile. In 2008, Viktor joined Tele2 as Head of Controlling Department and he was appointed CFO and Management Board Member in 2011.
Viktor Pavlinić currently holds the position as President of the Managemnet Board of Tele2.
Viktor holds a degree in economics from the University of Zagreb
Michael Georg Müller
Michael Georg Müller, CEO of Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d. in Zagreb, obtained his doctor’s degree in law from the Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz, Austria, in 1984 and in parallel, he also completed the first cycle of Business Administration there. He gained years of professional experience executing management positions in following companies: Dataline in Vienna, Hoffman Aircraft in Wiener Neustadt and in NMB Bank in Vienna.
His career with Raiffeisen began at Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB) in Vienna from where he progressed to the representative offices of RZB in Milan and Paris and was also a member of the Management Board in Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d. in Zagreb where he spent six years of his career. In 2014, his 14 year long career in Raiffeisen BANK d.d. Bosnia and Herzegovina, of which seven years as a CEO, ended. During his term of office he strengthened the bank’s position as the market leader. He also acted as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Raiffeisen Osiguranje d.d. Sarajevo, from October 2001 to June 2005. Furthermore, he also served as a member and later as a Chairman of the Management Board of the Association of Banks of Bosnia and Herzegovina, thus contributing to the development of the banking industry in the country.
Burak Baykan, CEO of D-Marin Group. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey on 8 August 1975. He was graduated from Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Business Administration, Department of Politics and International Relations in 1998, and from Touro University in Moscow in 2001, holding Master degree of Business Administration (specialized on Marketing).
From 1999 until 2009 he worked in Russia, on several executive positions, he had done consultancy, was Commercial Director at JVT Dynamic Logistics and Area Manager in Koleksiyon Mobilya.
In December 2007 he started his career in Dogus Holding (Moscow, Russia) as Advisor to CEO. In January 2010 he became the part of Investment Department of the group, and started to work as Regional director for Croatia and Montenegro, with responsibility for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations in both Croatia and Montenegro. Regarding activities and memberships Burak Baykan is President for Turkey – Croatia Business Council (DEIK), Executive board member for Turkey – Montenegro Business Council (DEIK), member of Foreing Investors Council and part of Croatia Turkey Friendship Association.
Tomislav Šlat, Business Leader SEE Cluster, Key account, Commercialization and Sustainability Leader SEE Region. Tomislav Šlat was born in 1961 in Zagreb, where he graduated from the Faculty of Economics and later on completed his Master of science and MBA. He started his career in Exportdrvo and joined 3M in 1988. For 30 years he is leading the business development for 3M in Eastern Europe in various roles and functions, being responsible for multiple product divisions. He was also managing a variety of countries in South East Europe with responsibility for the overall activities of the local organizations. Tomislav Šlat was President of the American Chamber of Commerce 2000 – 2002, one of the founders of the Croatian Business Competitiveness council and active member of various business associations.
Dejan Ljustina is a Partner at PwC CEE responsible for TMT and the utility industry in Southeast Europe and the overall strategic and operations consulting in Croatia and Slovenia. Upon his arrival to PwC in 2012 he established a PwC consulting department in Zagreb.
He is an expert in projects for defining strategies, developing new business models, operational restructuring, cost and efficiency management, developing market regulation models, commercial and operational due diligence and merger and acquisition project management, primarily in the telecommunications and energy sectors.
He started his career in Ericsson (1999) as a software engineer, progressing to project manager in Intel where he managed a team of software programmers during the development of Intel’s Itanium processor.
After graduating in telecommunications at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University in Zagreb, he obtained a master degree in economics and business management at IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia.
Igor Zgrabljić has many years of experience in marketing and public relations as PR Manager in Mmd Public Relations, Development Alternatives Inc. and Potomac Ltd. (Croata). In 2010 he became CEO of Eleos Consulting Ltd., an international public affairs and management consulting firm operating in 10 countries worldwide. He is founder and Secretary-General of several lobbying organizations including the Korean Business Network, Indonesian Business Council, Croatian-Israeli Business Club (CIBC), Croatian-Korean Business Club and since 2012 he is a member of the Croatian Society of Lobbyists. In 2015 he founded the Club of Managers and Entrepreneurs within the Croatian Employers Association. Igor Zgrabljić graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb in 2004 and attended management and leadership courses at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Charles University, Prague and at the Central European University, Budapest.
FIC operational work is organized through working groups that consist of the experts coming from the existing members. Immediately after the FIC foundation the following working groups have been established:
- Communications group
- Financial issues group
- Legal issues group
- Policy development group