CEO Discussion Forum

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Findings of the Slovak CEO Survey conducted by PwC and Forbes magazine are every year presented at the CEO Discussion Forum. We connect to PwC's global CEO survey that is presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The forum is marked by an informal, friendly atmosphere, where business leaders discuss current topics arising from the survey's key findings and share their opinions and best practices with doing business in Slovakia. Discussion is moderated by Juraj Porubský, Forbes Editor-in-Chief.

Topics of the discussion forum that took place on 15 April 2015 related to:

  • Outlook for growth and how to ensure it
  • Redefining the way of competing
  • Leveraging the potential of business cooperation
  • Leveraging technology to drive competitive advantage in the digital age?

We are pleased that the panel discussion was joined by:

  • Regina Ovesny - Straka, CEO and Chairman of the Board, KOOPERATIVA poisťovňa, a. s. Vienna Insurance Group
  • Magdaléna Dobišová, CEO, Skanska SK, a.s.
  • Tomáš Drucker, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Slovenská pošta, a.s.
  • Miroslav Rosina, Vicepresident, Matador Group
  • Alexander Šrank, Partner, PwC

The Most Respected CEO

At the discussion forum, The Most Respected CEO award was granted for the third time by the respondents of The Slovak CEO Survey 2015. CEOs were asked to name the CEO they respect and value the most for the way he/she manages the company and for his/her success and personal qualities.

“The Most Respected CEO award is very unique due to the fact that it is peer-to-peer acknowledgement and CEOs are a tough bunch to impress. So being chosen by CEOs as the most respected CEO in Slovakia is a huge unparalleled achievement.“ says Todd Bradshaw, Country Managing Partner, PwC Slovakia.

The first year award winner in 2013 was Mr Vladimír Soták, General Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Železiarne Podbrezová. In 2014, the award was granted to Mr Igor Vida, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Tatra banka. This year, CEOs in Slovakia have decided that the Most Respected CEO award goes to:

Richard Marko, CEO, ESET, spol. s r.o.

Richard Marko has graduated as a Master of Science with Distinction, and his dissertation won the Rector`s Award. He co-programmed ESET’s Advanced Heuristics, which in 2002 delivered a technological breakthrough in malware detection. Thanks to this technology, ESET is now a world leader in IT security. He has been CEO of ESET since 2011. In that same year he became Slovak`s IT personality of the year.

Richard Marko commented on his award as follows: „I very much appreciate this award which resulted from the votes of my colleagues from major Slovak firms. It reflects the teamwork of the whole ESET organisation. We will do our best to further maintain the trust given to us.“