Ljubljana, 23 May (STA) - The Novo mesto-based pharmaceutical company Krka is the most respected Slovenian company and its chairman Joze Colaric the most admired Slovenian business executive, according to a survey carried by Monday's edition of daily Dnevnik.
Krka, which has been topping the ranking since the survey was first conducted in 2009, is followed by rival Lek, owned by Swiss Novartis, in 2nd and spa operator Terme Olimia in 3rd place.
Trailing the trio are Slovenia's biggest spa operator Terme Catez, the Renault-owned car assembly plant Revoz, dairy Ljubljanske mlekarne, retailer Mercator, Microsoft, household appliances maker Gorenje and chemical group Helios, which leaped from 48th place last year.
Dropping out from the top ten were energy company Petrol, soft drinks maker Fructal, prefabricated construction panels maker Trimo and wireless provider Simobil, which placed 19th, 13th, 15th and 18th, respectively.
Miro Kline of Kline-Partner, which conducted the survey for Dnevnik, pointed to the low ranking of the banking and financial sector, where he said even a small mistake would reflect in a drop in rating.
Slovenia's biggest bank, state-owned NLB fell from 48th to 72nd place, the Italian-owned Banka Koper from 77th to 59th, the majority state-owned NKBM bank from 78th to 66th and the French-owned SKB bank from 23th to 25th.
Placing second and third on the list of most respected chief executives are Janez Skrabec of engineering company Riko and Tatjana Fink of Trimo.
The owner and boss of the Tus retail empire, Mirko Tus, who topped the list last year, fell to 4th place, and is now followed by France Arhar of the Italian-owned Unicredit banka Slovenije and Mercator CEO Ziga Debeljak.
Kline singled out chairman of NLB Bozo Jasovic as the victim of developments surrounding Slovenia's biggest bank. He fell from 19th place last year to 45th.
Kline-Partner conducted the survey among 800 managers from small, middle-sized and big companies, who scored 108 selected companies and their chief executives according to seven key factors.