Fabris Perusko appointed new crisis manager at Agrokor

Although the Croatian PM, Andrej Plenkovic did not directly confirm that Fabris Perusko had been appointed as the new crisis manager at Agrokor, the renowned Croatian daily, Jutarnji List, claims so.

Fabris Perusko became known in the Croatian business community when, in May 2017, he assumed the duties of the member of the Managing Board in charge of restructuring Tisak, one of Agrokor’s companies. Tisak was one of the companies in the Agrokor concern that was in the most difficult sitution. Perusko was credited with stabilizing the company’s business in a very short amount of time, thus preserving 3,600 jobs.

Fabris Perusko was born in Pula. In 1998, he graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana, and obtained his Master’s degree in economics at the same faculty. He got his MBA degree from the reputable Babson College in Boston. He speaks four languages – English, Slovenian, Italian and Russian.

Former crisis manager Ante Ramljak stepped down last week after the government voiced discontent with the fact that the company where Ramljak previously worked had been engaged as a consultant in Agrokor’s restructuring process.

Unlike Ramljak, Perusko will have a deputy crisis manager, Irena Weber, who has so far worked as a consultant in Agrokor for non-core businesses. “Perusko has adequate professional experience for this task. I believe he is ready to lead Agrokor’s restructuring process toward a successful settlement deal,” Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic told a cabinet session.

Agrokor, the largest private company in the Balkans with some 60,000 staff, was put under state-run administration last April for a period of up to 15 months.

(SeeBiz, Reuters, 27.02.2018)




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