- Zoran Janković (manager)
Zoran Janković (
Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Јанковић) (born January 1, 1953in Saraorci, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian businessmanand present mayor of Ljubljana.
Early life and business activity
Janković was born in the village of
Saraorcinear the town of Smederevoin Serbia, then part of Yugoslavia to Serb father and Slovene mother. He moved to Sloveniawith his parents in 1964. He attended the Poljane High Schoolin Ljubljanaand in 1971 entered the Economic Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, where he graduated in 1980. He started his career as director of Mercator Investa in 1984. Later he founded a company called Electaand he used to be the chairman of the Mercator since 1997, the biggest retailcompany in Slovenia. He was replaced from this position in 2006.
Entry into politics
In September 2006, he announced he would run as an independent candidate as mayor of
Ljubljana. He was elected with a landslide in the first round on 22 October 2006, with 63% of the popular vote. His List won 23 out of 45 seats in the City Council, guaranteeing the stability of his administration. He took the office on November 17, 2006. Among other things, he promised to improve Ljubljana's transport infrastructure and to complete various other projects, among them a new central Football Stadium.
He was the founder of a handball club
Krim Electaand its president for 5 years, since 1992-1997 "Krim Electa", [http://www.mladina.si/tednik/200404/clanek/nar-kdo_je_kdaj--vanja_pirc/ "Mladina newspaper - in Slovene language"] , by Vanja Pirc, January 6, 2004.] He was the president of the handball association of Sloveniafor 8 years, since 1996-2004. He was also the vice president of the basketball club Union Olimpijafor 6 years, since 1984-1990.
In the year 1998, he was involved in the so-called "school affair". Several media, among which the influential liberal magazine "
Mladina", accused him of having taken advantage of his influence as a well-known bufor businessman helping his younger son Jure to pass his final high school exams. "school afair", [http://www.mladina.si/tednik/200404/clanek/nar-kdo_je_kdaj--vanja_pirc/ "Mladina newspaper - in Slovene language"] , by Vanja Pirc, January 6, 2004.]
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