The operations of PLIVA HRVATSKA are managed by the Management Board, with Tihomir Orešković as its President and Nikolina Dizdar Čehulić, Miran Denac and Zoran Bunčić as its members. Each of the Management Board members is responsible for an individual segment of the company’s business operations.
President of the Management Board
Tihomir Orešković is appointed President of PLIVA’s Management Board, effective July 1, 2012, and his responsibilities include PLIVA's operations in Croatia and Southeast Europe.
Mr. Orešković joined PLIVA in 2009 as CFO for Eastern Europe, and was appointed CFO for EMIA (Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Israel and Africa) in 2010. In this period EMIA achieved respectable business and financial results and an annual growth as high as 15%.
Tihomir Orešković was born in Zagreb in 1966. In 1989 he graduated in chemistry from McMaster University, Canada, where he also finished his MBA studies (areas of concentration: finance and information systems) in 1991. In 1992 he started his professional career in operations of the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in Canada where he also held different functions in finance and international positions, including Latin America and Asia. As Director of Government Relations and Economic Affairs he actively participated in drafting of healthcare and pharmaceutical industry policies, and his experience in various segments of the pharmaceutical business includes finance, business development, marketing and sales, and successful leadership of interdisciplinary teams.
He continued his career in Novopharm, Canada, now a member of the Teva Group, as VP Business Development, Specialty Products and CFO. Since he joined the Croatian team in 2009 Mr. Orešković has worked on various financial statements, strategic planning for PLIVA and Teva in the EMIA region, and all major investment projects on local, regional and global levels.
A Member of the Management Board and Chief Financial Officer
Nikolina Dizdar Čehulić was born in Karlovac in 1977. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, in 2000, and started her career at Arthur Andersen. In 2002, she moved to Ernst & Young after merger of two companies.
She joined PLIVA d.d. in 2004 as Senior Financial Analyst for Planning and Group Performance Management. Soon after that Mrs. Dizdar Čehulić became Planning and Performance Management Director, and in 2007, Group Controlling Director. In 2009, she moved to Teva’s European headquarters in Utrecht to become Head of Finance and Accounting, Teva Europe.
In 2010 she returned to Croatia and joined General Electric GBS where she occupied the position of the Regional Head for Southeast Europe.
On 4 November 2013, she rejoined PLIVA's team, and on 26 November became Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Management Board for finance. Mrs. Dizdar Čehulić is a certified accountant and a fellow member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (FCCA) in Great Britain. In 2014 she completed the Executive MBA studies at the Cotrugli Business School.
Member of the Management Board and Executive Director of Product Supply Croatia
Zoran Bunčić was born in Požega in 1962. He graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology of the University of Zagreb in 1986. As one of PLIVA's scholarship holders, he joined PLIVA a year later as a technologist in the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and soon advanced to the position of Vitamin C Production Plant Manager. From 1995 to 1998 he led the Project Team for the expansion of Vitamin C production capacities, after which he held the positions of API Development Director and API Technical Operations Director.
In 2001 he became API Division Director and thus responsible for its entire business operations. From December 2008 till December 2014 he has held the position of the Executive Director of TAPI Croatia within BU TAPI Europe, i.e. Teva's API Division. He became a member of the Management Board of PLIVA HRVATSKA d.o.o. in 2009. He is a member of several professional associations such as the CphI Innovation Committee.
Management Board Member and Site General Manager, TAPI Croatia
Romana Šantar was born in Rome in 1971. She graduated in pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, in 1994. Romana joined Pliva in 1994 as a Process Engineer in the Engineering department. In 2000 she joined Global Operations as a Project Manager coordinating the activities for new product introductions up to product launch for all the EU and US sites.
After responsibility for the construction of the new facility for oral solid forms manufacturing and packaging, she was promoted to Senior Director, Manufacturing in 2004. Since then she has been successfully leading the Zagreb pharmaceutical production activities, including oral solid forms, sterile forms, creams and ointments, packaging of all dosage forms, automated and control systems, maintenance and drafting of production documentation. Since January 2015 she has been Site General Manager, TAPI Croatia.