02 | 04 | 2008
Gregor Smrekar Becomes new CEO at HERMES SoftLab
Ljubljana, 2 April 2008 – On 1 April 2008, HERMES SoftLab appointed Gregor Smrekar, previously member of the Management Board and Chief Operating Officer, as the new Management Board Chairman and CEO.
31 March 2008 saw the end of the three-year term of the Management Board featuring Peter Testen, Gregor Smrekar and Branka Jerše. With the departure of Peter Testen, the Supervisory Board appointed a new-look two-member Management Board made up of Gregor Smrekar and Branka Jerše, the current Management Board member and Director of Finances.
»HERMES SoftLab recently began its strategic alliance with ComTrade Group, which will give us additional impetus on the Middle and Eastern European markets, so the role as the new Chairman of the Management Board represents a major corporate as well as personal challenge for me,« was the comment offered on his new role by Gregor Smrekar. »HERMES SoftLab is a progressive and visionary company which is set to become the largest IT player on the said European regional markets thanks to the alliance our new strategic partner.«
The main priority of the newly appointed CEO will be to ensure further growth and development of operations both on Middle and Eastern European markets as well as strengthening activities in Western Europe and the US. A major challenge will certainly be the process of integrating HERMES SoftLab into the system of the new owner.
About Gregor Smrekar
Gregor Smrekar joined HERMES SoftLab at its very beginning in 1991 as a software developer and designer. After graduating in 1995 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Ljubljana, he took on several roles. These included project management, managing programmes of research and development, managing business units and their quality control. He is an expert in the field of data storage systems, methods for software development and project management. In 2003 he became the chief operating officer. Since 2004 he has also been a member of HERMES SoftLab’s Management Board. He was in charge of supervising and managing three business units with 700 experts from the field of IT. One of his major challenges in the past few years has been expansion of operations and establishing new development centres throughout the Adriatic region.