STA, 2 December 2021 - The Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) got a new interim head on Thursday, after Maja Pak, the long-serving director, stepped down in mid-November, citing differences in views with Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek over the management of the organisation. Pak will be temporarily succeeded by Ilona Stermecki, effective from Monday.
Stermecki will be at the helm of the STO until a new director is appointed but no longer than six months.
She had been put forward for the post by the STO board, the Government Communication Office said after today's cabinet session.
Pak, a close aide of Počivalšek's, did not specify how her views differed from the minister's as she announced she was stepping down on 17 November, and neither did the minister, who thanked her for her effort and cooperation.
Pak's first stint at the helm of the organisation was in 2010-2012, when the STO was merged into the investment promotion agency SPIRIT Slovenia.
She returned as director in 2015, when the STO became independent again, and received a new five-year term in March this year.
As she announced her resignation Pak was said to be returning to her previous job at the STO.