Dr. Vinko Zupančič

Member of the Management Board and Director of API R&D, Production and Supply Chain


Vinko Zupančič was born in 1971 in Novo mesto. He completed his secondary education in Novo mesto. He graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1996 earning a master’s degree in pharmacy. He passed a certification examination in pharmacy in 1998, and earned a doctorate from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2010.

He joined Krka in 1997 as a trainee in Warehousing and Transport of Product Supply. In 1998, he became a warehouse technologist and then a senior warehouse technologist. In 2000, he assumed the job of assistant to the head of Warehouse and Transport Services and in 2002 became Deputy Head of Supply Chain. Commencing on 1 February 2004, Zupančič took up his appointment of Director at Krka’s representative office in Bangalore, India. He returned to Krka in Slovenia on 1 July 2005 and became Head of Supply Chain. He was appointed Deputy Director of Product Supply on 1 December 2008, and Director of Product Supply on 1 January 2010.

On 29 July 2009, the Supervisory Board appointed him to the Management Board for a six-year term commencing on 1 January 2010. Krka manufactures most of the active pharmaceutical ingredients and raw materials it requires, which is the Company’s great competitive advantage. Vinko Zupančič has made a key contribution to the success of this strategy. Following the 2015 proposal by Colarič, the Supervisory Board unanimously appointed him to the Management Board for a term of office from 2016 to 2021. During that term, he successfully managed the development and production of raw materials, and the supply chain. As concerns finished products, his role was especially important in supply chain management, from improving raw material economics to process optimisation. He is also to be credited for constant improvement in utilisation of warehousing capacities and optimisation of road and other means of transport.

He is President of the Krka Otočec Tennis Club.

Following the 2021 proposal by Colarič, the Supervisory Board unanimously appointed him a member of the Management Board for another six-year term of office commencing on 1 January 2022.