Oreskovic: pharma exec and political novice becomes Croatian PM

Croatian Prime Minister designate Tihomir Oreskovic speaks during a press conference on December 23, 2015 in ZagrebA pharmaceutical executive and political novice, Tihomir Oreskovic has become Croatia’s premier after spending just a few years in the country and speaking only rusty Croatian, prompting some to question his credentials for the post. Born in the capital Zagreb in 1966, Oreskovic moved with his parents to Canada only two years later, where he graduated with a degree in chemistry and finished his MBA studies in finance and information systems. A citizen of both Canada and Croatia, he began his professional career in 1992 with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, then joined Teva in 2005, holding the company’s top managerial positions in both countries.

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