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The newly-elected President of the American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Slovenia with the mandate from June 2011 till June 2013, is Mr. Matej Potokar, the Director of the Group for Microsoft Business Solutions for the Middle and East Europe Regions. He was elected by the plurality of the Members votes.

For a mandate of two years there were also four members of the Board of Governors elected:

Mr. Sandi Češko, Studio Moderna, Mr. Matjaž Rakovec, M.Sc., Zavarovalnica Triglav, Triglav Insurance Company, Mr. Thierry Villard, Goodyear/Sava Tires, all for the first time, while the mandate of Mrs. Nataša Jenčič, Merck Sharp & Dohme has been prolonged for additional two years.

The newly-elected President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Matej Potokar in his introductory solemn speech presented his vision of the AmCham Slovenia development and his wish for creating a better business environment for Slovene and foreign companies in Slovenia also in the future.

Tomaž Lovše, who has presided over American Chamber of Commerce for two mandates since 2007- expressed his wishes to the new President for a successful work and also emphasized his intentions for actively cooperating at the realization of the mutually set aims also in the future.

The Board of Governors, by common consent, confirmed the proposition and granted to Mr. Tomaž Lovše the title of the AmCham Slovenia Honorary Member, given the statement of reasons, among plenty, that he as the president has contributed a lot to the development and recognition of the AmCham Slovenia.


Dear Members,

I have been following the development of the American Chamber of Commerce as a Vice-President for four years and believe that along with the confidence of you, dear Members, we have accomplished a lot. I am also aware that on the current basis we are able to even upgrade all our programs and activities. Everything begins and ends at members, therefore we have to strive for enlarging its circle, nevertheless shall not forget the fact that the chamber` s reputation is reflected in the reputation of us, the members.

There are primarily four principal units of activities:

1 Networking; which will also in the future in the majority of cases be of expert nature, whereas we are in addition also searching for opportunities for a more relaxed socializing, however upgraded with social responsibility.

2 Advocacy; we will proceed with trying to have influence on the improvement of the business environment in Slovenia substantiated with reasonable and competent opinions and suggestions, deriving predominantly from the needs of us, the members, operating within it.

3 AmCham Young Professionals, program for the young people in whom a great potential may be seen, it is properly this program that is the CSR AmCham Slovenia, as the exemplariness and leadership are the topics which need to be exposed in Slovenia.

4 International cooperation: regarding it I believe that even greater moves are possible, on one side in cooperation with Slovene and international institutions in their mutual wish for restoring a better business and everyday environment, as well on the other side cooperation with other AmChams all over the world which offer a still great unexploited potential. We will try to do our best with the aid of information, connecting the dots and establishing business opportunities.

It will mean a lot to me and I will be very proud if you decide to support me as the President of the AmCham Slovenia, as we can only all together and together with your confidence establish a network, which will represent the voice of international community for prosperous business and living environment.