Krešimir Kučko taking overCroatia Airlines employees are fuming over the government’s candidate for the carrier’s new CEO. The Croatian government has proposed for Krešimir Kučko to take over the reins at the airline. Kučko is currently serving as the airline’s representative for the Benelux region, based in Brussels. He has previously been the airline’s representative in Switzerland and the Netherlands. However, employees have doubts in their colleague’s ability to lead the carrier and turn it into a profitable business. Furthermore, they note that Kučko was recently ordered by the airline’s Ethics Committee to apologise to a female co-worker, although it wasn’t disclosed as to why he was ordered to do so.
“I have nothing to say. I was just informed about my naming. I’m currently in Belgium because I work for Croatia Airlines abroad”, Kučko told the “Poslovni” portal. Speaking about his ordered apology Kučko says it was all a misunderstanding, “I don’t know how it was presented in Croatia because I haven’t lived there for the past seven years. I have been working at Croatia Airlines for the past twenty years”, the CEO in waiting says. Furthermore, he explains that he doesn’t understand colleagues who are against his naming noting that he has worked with the national carrier from the very beginning and on the very first commercial agreements. “Even if Richard Branson were to be named CEO some employees wouldn’t be happy”, Kučko concludes.
The Croatian government has suggested for the entire managerial team headed by Srećko Šimunović to be replaced. It was previously in favour of Boško Matković, former Zagreb Airport CEO, to take over. However, in the end it decided to go with a different candidate. Speaking on television this week, Matković said there are valid arguments for the formation of a single national carrier for all the countries of the former Yugoslavia but warned that such scenario is highly unlikely due to the political climate in the region