Management

Executive Board of Datalab Tehnologije, d. d.

Andrej Mertelj

Andrej Mertelj

Chairman of the Executive Board

Andrej (born 1970) is best described as a serial entrepreneur with a passion for IT. After secondary school, he studied computer science, but dropped out just before graduating to pursue an entrepreneurial career. At the age of sixteen he published the first of many articles, lectures and even books.

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Almost thirty years of experience in IT and twenty five in entrepreneurship have given him a unique mix of skills and knowledge, which has made its mark on PANTHEON, the leading SME ERP in Southeast Europe. His passion is now building SME cloud services with Telcos and bringing the benefits of modern IT to farmers.

Andrej is the chairman of KODA.SI, the Association of Slovenian Software Vendors, he was president of the Slovenian Association of IT and Telecommunications at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, and he is a member of several standardization bodies. He was government advisor in several EURO changeovers, VAT and fiscal register, and one of the boldest opponents of EU’s software patent and ACTA directive. He is a frequent mentor on startup events, CEED and entrepreneurial workshops.

Moreno Rodman

Moreno Rodman

Chief Executive Officer

Moreno Rodman was in charge of Datalab between 2002 and 2008, and still has a deep knowledge of the company despite the absence. During that time, he spearheaded the expansion onto foreign markets and set up a partner channel, raising productivity and profitability. Moreno rejoined the team in December 2016.

Lojze Zajc

Lojze Zajc

Member of the Executive Board

Lojze Zajc was born on February 13, 1954, in Dorfarje pri Škofji Loki. He completed grammar school and high school in Vič, in Ljubljana. He received a University degree from the Faculty of Economics in 1978, with a major in international trade. He also completed most of the exams of a post-graduate study in management. Mr. Zajc has an active knowledge of the English language, and can also speak German and Italian.

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He continued his education at the London Business School of Economics, and has completed a course for appraisers of companies, as well as a number of training programs at banks in Italy and Germany.

Mr. Zajc’s first employment was with Jugotekstil-impex, where, in 1985, he took over the management and supervision of the company’s international financial operations and conducted internal audits of companies owned by Jugotekstil-impex. In 1995, he was named managing director at the company IBN-JT d.d., and in 1996 became president of the board.

Beginning in 2001, Mr. Zajc worked at a construction firm as an internal auditor. He went on to become executive director in charge of finance. In his last year of employment at this company, he successfully led the implementation of PANTHEON.

Mr. Zajc has been with Datalab since March 2009.

Nedim Pašić

Nedim Pašić

Vice Chairman of the Executive Board

Nedim is with Datalab BA since its founding. He was one of the first in BIH to bring together ITC and SMEs with PANTHEON. In 2004 he graduated in information system management at the School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo. He is entrepreneurially active since 1997.

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His areas of focus are business software, management, consulting, marketing and market analysis.

Nedim Pašić was appointed Vice Chairman of the Executive Board at the 42nd meeting of Executive Board.

Chiefs of departments

Matija Kešpret

Matija Kešpret

COO&CIO

Matija has been in IT for 10 years. His first experiences were in primary school when he was regularly among the top 10 in national programming contests.

Matija received several awards from youth contests in technology, mathematics and chemistry. He published his first paper at the Jožef Stefan Institute in 2000. After finishing secondary school, he enrolled at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science in Ljubljana. During that time, he continually expanded his knowledge, worked part-time for various companies in Slovenia (S&T, SETCCE) and completed an international course in nanotechnology at Leuven University in Belgium.  

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In 2008, he started working at Datalab. After three years he became head of IT and in 2013 Vice President Operations, influencing IT, development, sales and support in the region.

Matija devotes his heart and soul to IT. He supplements his technical knowledge with business, organizational and sales skills. He attends various conferences and seminars: Cisco conferences/training, VMware seminars, RiSK 2011/2012, EMC World Las Vegas 2012 and 2015.

Boštjan Berčič

Boštjan Berčič

Senior VP CDO

Boštjan has about 35 years of experience developing software. He started programming in 1980 at 16. When he was in high school, he would place in the very top at competitions in mathematics and computer science. His career path took him on a journey as head of development, international consultant for IT solutions, and entrepreneur. Additionally, he worked on and headed projects to set up IT infrastructure on a national level in FYRM, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Slovakia.

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In the last five years he has been busy developing practical solutions in the field of AI and automatic document data capture. His virtual assistant project “Zdenka” was featured in the Slovenian version of the TV show Dragons’ Den.

He still says “age quod agis” – do well whatever you do.

In June 2017 as part of the Datalab team, he accepted a new challenge: optimizing the existing product and developing new, AI-supported and user-friendly online solutions.

His motto is “Everything is OK in the end. If it’s not OK, then it’s not the end.” 

Anka Leben

Anka Leben

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Anka Leben graduated at the Faculty of Biotechnology in Ljubljana, specializing in Economics of Agriculture. From her very first employment, she has been working with numbers – first in planning, analysis and controlling, and then settling into the fields of accounting and finances. Her previous employers include Agroemona Domžale, Jata Ljubljana, Liko Vrhnika, Energoplan. She was among the first to qualify for the title ‘Qualified Accountant’, certified by the Slovenian Institute of Auditors.

She joined the Datalab team in September 2016 and is now the Chief Financial Officer.

Vanja Varl

Vanja Varl

Corporate Head of USD

Vanja first started working at Datalab in 1999 where she first worked on developing software for opticians (Helios). Soon after, she took over as project manager for the personnel module (Hera). At the same time she managed the entire marketing effort in all countries where Datalab was present. In eight years she organized and executed several social and professional gatherings, four of which where PANTHEON conferences. She left Datalab for seven years to join an accounting firm where she deepened her knowledge of accounting, tax consultation, and ISO standards. She also worked on developing a document management system. After returning to Datalab in 2015, she took over as head of the Unified Service Desk department in Datalab SI. Her goal was to improve the experience for users when interacting with support and to improve the internal work processes of the department.

As of December 2017, she’s taken over the role of Corporate Head of USD. As such, she continues to follow her mission to “enable uninterrupted use of PANTHEON, its compliance with legislation, and the realization of its full potential with professional and thorough provision of services.”

Simon Klemen

Simon Klemen

Head of development for PANTHEON X

Emina Mešanović

Emina Mešanović

Marketing VP

Emina Mešanović joined the Datalab team in 2005 and has since been responsible for excellent marketing and PANTHEON brand recognition since almost since the very start of Datalab in Sarajevo. In 2015, she became the marketing VP for the entire corporation, where she coordinates the day-to-day activities of her regional marketing team. With the firm belief that marketing has the power to bring about positive change in today’s business environment, her primary focus are digital and inbound marketing activities with the goal of yielding concrete sales results.

She graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo, specializing in marketing. There she also received her Master’s degree in Business Economics. In addition to English, Emina speaks fluent German.

Elmir Sikira

Elmir Sikira

Controlling VP

Elmir Sikira graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo, specializing in Information Systems for Controlling, and Accounting and Auditing. He joined Datalab in 2007. He started his career in Datalab Bosnia as an accountant, and then moved to the profit centers of the Datalab group in 2011. Since 2014, he’s been working in operational controlling.

Vanja Cigoj

Vanja Cigoj

Head of Datalab Academy, VP

Vanja Cigoj has 20 years of experience with adult education. She joined Datalab in 2007 and took over the Datalab Academy, for which she defined the content and organizational structure. Since 2016, she’s been the corporate head of Datalab Academy, where she’s in charge of coordinating and overseeing education and events for PANTHEON users and partners in 6 countries. She’s also responsible for the education and events for employees of the Datalab group.

She completed a Bachelor in Business and Working Systems. Organizing events and other activities is her life’s mission. She’s a mother of four, highly motivated, hardworking, and communicative. Her motto is “Nothing is too hard and everything can be done if there’s enough willpower and strength.”

Ambrož Jarc

Ambrož Jarc

Head of PANTHEON Retail

Ambrož Jarc graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, then moved on to economics, completing his MBA in Austria. He gained his first work experience at the Institute of Vacuum Science and Opto Electronics as a researcher, and then moved to the world of business. In 13 years, he built a large IT company, JAE, that he exited in 2007. He has over 20 years of experience in the B2B and B2C segment. In the last few years, he was a business developer for various companies, specializing in online systems for B2B and B2C.

He joined the Datalab team in 2015 to manage the implementation of fiscal verification for cash registers, and then accepted the challenge of heading the Retail segment at the corporate level.

Managing Directors of Subsidiaries

Gaber Cerle

Gaber Cerle

Managing Director of Datalab SI d.o.o.

Nedim Pašić

Nedim Pašić

Managing Director of Datalab BH d.o.o.

Nedim is with Datalab BA since its founding. He was one of the first in BIH to bring together ITC and SMEs with PANTHEON. In 2004 he graduated in information system management at the School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo. He is entrepreneurially active since 1997. His areas of focus are business software, management, consulting, marketing and market analysis.

Goran Težak

Goran Težak

Managing Director of Datalab HR d.o.o.

Goran has been in the IT business for the past 20 years, 10 of those he’s spetn focusing on PANTHEON. He has a diploma in telecommunication engeneeering.He started his career in a private IT company, then moved on to ORACLE, where he became regional lead for SE Europe. In year 2007 he founds his own company and becmes Datalab’s partner. In year 2016 he became Datalab’s distributer and in 2017 managing director of Datalab HR.

Nena Lukić

Nena Lukić

Managing Director of Datalab SR d.o.o.

Nena Lukić graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Belgrade in 2000. The next five years she was teaching mathematics and informatics at her hometown high school in Kruševac. She actively participated in preparing an informatics curriculum with the Serbian Ministry of Education and Sports, and educated teachers in the field of multimedia for primary schools and high schools.

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In 2005, she transitioned from education to the private sector, where she encountered PANTHEON for the first time in Fiškal a.d., where she was the head of marketing. At the same time, she was training to become an independent accountant. She was also an instructor for the Xpert European Computer Passport program. She authored a textbook on Xpert ECDL programs. In 2006, she founded Jamada d.o.o. and started her career as a consultant, achieving a success rate in PANTHEON certification of over 90%. In 2009 she received award for “exceptional businesswomen”, handed out by the Association of Business Women of Serbia, the Club of business Journalists, the Association of Employers of Serbia, and the Serbian regional Chamber of Commerce. In 10 years as Senior Consultant and programmer, she implemented PANTHEON in over 100 companies. She joined the Datalab team as Managing Director of Datalab Serbia in 2017.
Danko Obradović

Danko Obradović

Managing Director of Datalab.MN d.o.o.

He is a mechanical engineer by profession. In 1988, he started with independent business software development. The next year he founded a private company for developing business software in Montenegro. He got acquainted with PANTHEON in 2003, which also marks the time when he stopped developing his own business software solutions. Although he has immense knowledge in the field of business informatics, he became aware that an individual cannot compete with the accumulated knowledge of a large number of experts who work in the PANTHEON development department.

Vlado Mitev

Vlado Mitev

Director Datalab L.L.C. Kosovo & Datalab Macedonia

Vlado was born in 1970 in Skopje. He graduated on faculty for mechanical engineering in 1995 while in the same time started a private company in IT sector with core business in hardware and software solutions. He take a leading role in developing a good business strategy and growth of the company from 2 to 30 employees and becoming one of top IT companies in Macedonia. He managed a lot of projects related with hardware, networking, various ERP solutions and SAP. From September 2016 he became a member of Datalab team as a managing director of Datalab Kosovo and from September 2017 also Datalab Macedonia is under his management.

Ivaylo Jordanov

Ivaylo Jordanov

Managing Director of Datalab Bulgaria Ltd.

Ivaylo could be described as an ambitious marketing specialist with practical experience in direct sales and customer relationship management. He is particularly interested in evaluating customer satisfaction and customer retention strategies, also interested in the effect of digital marketing on consumer behavior. He is very positive, energetic and likes the outdoors, especially mountaineering.

 

He graduated in Marketing and International Management with merit from the Henley Business School at the University of Reading, UK. He has practical experience with records management and document management solutions. In 2013, he started working in Kontrax, Bulgaria, as an account manager specialized in projects for document management solutions and ERP Pantheon. Since 2015 he is the Managing Director of Datalab Bulgaria.

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