President of the Management Board and CEO
Jože Colarič was born in 1955 in Brežice. After graduating from secondary school in Novo mesto, he studied at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, and graduated in 1979.
He has been employed at Krka since 1982. He started work in the Finance Sector, where he initially headed Foreign Currency Payments, and then advanced to Assistant Director. In 1989, he took charge of exports within the Import-Export Sector, and two years later became Deputy Director of Import-Export.
In early 1993, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive for Marketing and Finance, and in September of the same year also became Director of Marketing and Sales.
In 1997, he was appointed a member to the Management Board. In the following year, the Supervisory Board appointed him Deputy President of the Management Board, and in 2002, acknowledged him as a future president of the Management Board, making him responsible for proposing candidates for the new Management Board team.
At their meeting of 12 July 2004, the Supervisory Board appointed Colarič President of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer. His five-year term of office began on 1 January 2005. The Supervisory Board appointed him president of the Management Board at their meeting of 21 January 2009 for another six-year term of office commencing on 1 January 2010.
Under his management, Krka has developed into one of the leading generic pharmaceutical companies and built solid foundations for growth. Jože Colarič runs the Company by focusing on Krka’s in-house knowledge, new product development, annual investments, recruitment, and regular dividend payments. On 21 January 2015, the Supervisory Board unanimously appointed him President of the Management Board for another six-year term of office, commencing on 1 January 2016. When that term of office ended, the Supervisory Board appointed him President of the Management Board and CEO for another six-year term of office, commencing on 1 January 2022. The Supervisory Board unanimously appointed the Management Board for the 2022–2027 term of office as proposed by Colarič and the member of the Management Board – Worker Director as proposed by the Works Council. The composition of the Management Board remained unchanged.