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17. May 2016.
AIT Committee Re-Elected Leadership
At the meeting on May 17, Anti-Illicit Trade Committee re-elected Goran Pekez, Corporate Affairs and Communications Director for Adriatica region at JT International in Serbia as Committee President and Bojana Pecenicic, PA to MD, Office, Administration and Corporate Affairs at Mondelez as Committee Vice President on a two year mandate.
We therefore use this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to Goran and Bojana for accepting the roles of the Anti-Illicit Trade Committee Chairmen, thus committing themselves for two additional years of investing significant energy and efforts to the Committee’s work. Members also discussed the Committee Programme for the next two years and preparations for the White Book 2016. Goran Pekez is AIT Committee President since its foundation in May 2014, while Bojana Pecenicic replaced Irena Smiljanic at the post of Vice President on February 2015.
At the electoral meeting, Committee President Goran Pekez reminded of the achievements in the two years since the Committee was established, including new Inspection Law and participation in the Working Group for fighting grey economy, and outlined the need to pursue the activities. Committee Vice President Bojana Pecenicic said it was good that the Committee President comes from the tobacco industry, but also added that the Vice President comes from some other industry that is faced with illegal trade, such as the food industry.
Goran Pekez is Corporate Affairs and Communications Director in charge of Adriatic region in JTI, company he joined in 2003. In his more than a decade long career in JTI he was engaged in some key developments of the company in the region, including acquisition of factory in Senta in Serbia and opening of business operations and offices in Albania, Croatia and Macedonia. He was also involved in business associations, as vice chair in a number of committees in FIC and AmCham and is also currently holding the post of President of Japanese Business Club in Serbia. Before joining JTI he was working with Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Legal Officer in charge of Economic Development. His experience there included participation in some of the major investment projects in the country. After acquiring BA in International Law at the Belgrade University, he got MBA in International Business from the Business School of the University of Leeds in the UK.
Bojana Pecenicic is a business professional and holder of Master in Spanish, possessing extensive experience in corporate affairs, human resources, business administration, consecutive interpretation and customer care. She joined Mondelez as PA to MD and Office Coordinator on April 2014, and after successful role modelling of the Mondelez International values and organization of various events such as Volunteering Month, in February 2015 she was appointed a Corporate Affairs Representative for East Adriatic Markets.
Committee members also agreed in general on the topics for the two year programme which will be soon finalized and circulated, and discussed contributors for the WB 2016.