International Team of Experienced and Committed Professionals

Jiri Hermanek

Chief Executive Officer

Successful BioPharma executive with a scientific background and extensive experience managing the CEE region over the past 15 years for multiple pharmaceutical companies, including Genzyme, Alexion and Amicus Therapeutics. Jiri is a native Czech speaker and is fluent in English and Russian. A proud father of three children and grandfather of two grandchildren, he enjoys playing ice hockey, tennis and golf as well as mountaineering, skiing and reading historical novels in his free time.


Libor Fronek

General Manager Czech Republic and Slovakia

Successful BioPharma manager with extensive experience overseeing and managing the CEE orphan drugs market over the past 8 years for multiple pharmaceutical companies, including Cephalon, Alexion and Orphan Europe. Libor is a Czech native speaker and is fluent in English and Polish. He is a proud father of three and enjoys playing ice hockey as well as spending time with his family in his free time.


Neven Kolaric

General Manager Croatia and Bulgaria

Experienced pharmaceutical industry professional with both a medical and business background, with 10 years of experience in the area of rare diseases and orphan drugs, having worked with various companies, including Octapharma, Alexion and Orphan Europe. He is a native Croatian speaker, fluent in English and Russian. Neven has a son, enjoys skiing, sailing and motorcycle riding.


Srdjan Simic

General Manager Slovenia, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania

Experienced BioPharma manager with a scientific background and proven track record in managing multiple markets within the CEE region over the past 10 years for several orphan drug companies, including Celgene, Takeda, Alexion and Orphan Europe. Srdjan is a native Serbian speaker who is also fluent in English, German and Slovenian, and is currently based in Slovenia. A father of two kids, he likes spending time outdoors with his family (which includes two very energic dogs), enjoys trail running, a good book or a documentary and lately also surfing.


Tamas Vas

General Manager Hungary and Romania

A pharmacist by education, Tamas has strong expertise and extensive experience in the area of rare diseases in Hungary and the CEE region. Since 2002 he has worked for different orphan drug companies in the region, including Genzyme, Alexion, Santhera and Amicus Therapeutics. Tamás is a native Hungarian speaker, fluent in English. He is a happy father to a son and enjoys playing sports, going to the theatre and reading in his free time.


Jana Havlíková - Chief Financial Officer

Jana Havlíková

Chief Financial Officer

Jana is a professional finance leader with 10 years experience in pharmaceutical industry and in total 20 years in corporate finance. She started her career in PricewaterhouseCoopers and then moved to Abbott Laboratories and later Aspen Pharma. She has broad experience with international finance projects and strategic finance leadership. Jana holds a Master degree in Business Economics (CZ) and is a Chartered Certified Accountant (UK). She enjoys biking, skiing and spending time in the countryside.


Karel Tejkal

Regulatory Affairs & Pharmacovigilance Manager CEE

Goal oriented and creative Regulatory Affairs professional with additional years of background in Project Management, Vendor Management, Pharmacovigilance and Quality Assurance/IT systems compliance. Recognized for out of the box thinking and resilience, was responsible for setting up and overseeing projects and procedures throughout Europe, Asia, Americas, Australia and Africa. Passionate reader, enjoys classical music, theatre and opera.


Renata Pidrmanova Pohankova

Medical Director CEE

Renata Pidrmanova Pohankova joined our ExCEEd Orphan team since April 1st, 2023. Renata is bringing extensive experience from Medical Affairs, Rare Diseases and different regions in CEE and beyond. She worked as a Medical Lead in Alexion, Abbott Laboratories and GSK. She is oncologist by her profession.

She is native Czech and fluent in English.


Ivana Krajina

Quality Assurance Manager / RP

Ivana is an experienced pharmacist specialized in Quality Assurance. She is joining us from Belupo, one of the leading generic pharma companies in the region, from the QP / RP position. She excels in QA and has 10+ years of experience in batch release, inspections and audits of world renown API and FDF manufacturers, deviations / CAPA coordination and topics regarding GMP and QMS. She is a certified QP/RP and a certified pharmacist.

She enjoys spending time in nature with her husband and 2 children, and in free time tends to her garden and house filled with colourful orchids.


Mila Elisseeva

Country Manager Bulgaria

Successful BioPharma executive with medical background and 20 plus years of experience in pharma companies like Pfizer and Sanofi. Long-term professional expertise in market access and commercialization of innovative products in different therapeutic areas – rare diseases, cardiology, neurology, immunology, rheumatology & vaccines. Mila is native Bulgarian speaker, fluent in English and Russian. She loves to spend time with her family and enjoys skiing & sailing.


Eugenia Milicin

Country Manager Romania

A successful and efficient professional coming with experience of almost 16 years in pharmaceutical industry in companies like Johnson and Johnson, Schering-Plough and Genzyme, working in sales, marketing and medical areas. Working with innovative and orphan products from registration to reimbursement and promotion within Genzyme and having 5 years’ experience in managing Genzyme Romania. Established, administrated and led with great results a Rep office of an international company. Senior leadership focused on achieving the set goals, interpersonal relations and communication. Eugenia is native in Romanian and fluent in English.


Renata Magnusova

Country Manager Slovakia

Renata is a pharmacist by education with more than 25 years of experience in several areas of the pharma industry. For most of her professional life she worked for pharma companies like Wyett and Pfizer where she held senior positions in commercial and marketing. In the past 10 years she has been specializing inthe field of rare diseases, innovative and orphan drugs. During this time, she worked on country position in Slovakia and Czechia for Alexion and Swixx BioPharma company. Renata is a Slovak national and she is fluent in English and Hungarian languages. She enjoys gardening, travelling, and spending quality time with her family and friends.


Remigijus Petraitis

Country Manager Baltics

Remigijus is a medical doctor by education with more than 25 years of experience in biopharmaceutical industry. He held various roles in sales, marketing and leadership for innovative companies like Pharmacia & Upjohn, Johnson & Johnson and Amgen.

Posses deep knowledge and expertise of Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) pharmaceutical markets from portfolio commercialisation to the late stages of biopharmaceutical product life cycle. Most recent experience in the fields of nephrology, bone health, cardiovascular and inflammation. Based in Lithuania, native in Lithuanian and fluent in English and Russian.

In his spare time he enjoys cooking, hiking and piloting drones.


Katarzyna Salewicz

Country Manager Poland

Katarzyna is a senior manager with 20 years experience in pharma industry, possessing broad expertise in medical, marketing and market access areas in innovative Pharma companies like Roche, Novartis and Biogen within fields of Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Haemato-Oncology and Transplantation. She managedbuilding and executing commercial go-to-market strategies tailored to Polish Healthcare System. Team leader as well as good team member contributor, developing culture focused on aspiration, respect and cooperation.
Katarzyna is a biotechnologist by education as well as Master of Business Administration in Polish Healthcare System; native in Polish and fluent in English.
She enjoys time with her family, western style horse riding, Italian culture as well as exploring Asia countries.


Sławomir Rynkiewicz

Market Access and Medical Manager Poland

Medical doctor with more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including 15 years with rare diseases in Cephalon, Takeda and Recordati Rare Diseases (previously Orphan Europe).

Experienced manager in sales, marketing and market access in Poland and CEE region. Driver of successful reimbursement processes in oncology, hematology, invasive fungal infections and metabolic diseases.

Slawomir is Polish native speaker and fluent in English. He enjoys biking, long walks in the forest and good literature.


Monika Jankowska

Commercial Lead South Poland

Monika is psychologist by education, she has been working in pharmaceutical companies for 18 years.
She has over 10 years of experience as a key account manager in the field of rare diseases, worked in innovative pharmaceutical companies such as Actelion and Eusa Pharma, having experience in different therapeutic areas such as oncology, hematology, cardiology, rheumatology and gastroenterology.

Monika is a native Polish speaker and fluent in English.

She likes to spend time with her family and friends, in free time she likes sports, ride bike, play tennis or badminton, enjoy travelling and watching movies.



Vladislav Porkert

Commercial Lead West Czechia

Vlada is experienced and professional in the pharmaceutical market since 2003, successfully working in pharma original innovative companies such as Pfizer and Novartis. His strenghts include customer orientation, knowledge of healthcare center system in Czechia and open communication. Vláďa has a degree in physiotherapy, which he was actively practicing for several years. He is a native Czech speaker and fluent in English. He spends most of his free time with his children and his wife, with whom he is engaged in sports dancing.


Eva Svobodova-Machajova

Senior Medical Consultant CZ&SK

A physician and psychotherapist by the education with more than 25 years of experiences in pharma industry and more than 15 years in Medical Affairs at Sanofi Genzyme, Merck and Amicus Therapeutics companies. Eva is a native Czech speaker and she is fluent in English and Russian. She is also a proud mother of three boys, enjoying her free active time together with her family, kids, at the garden and small vineyard.


Zoltan Vilimszky

Market Access and Medical Manager Hungary

Zoltan is a pharmacist by education, with 27 years of experience in BioPharmaceutical industry. He has strong expertise in commercialization of biotechnology products in Rare Diseases, Haemato-Oncology, Neurology and Transplantation. Zoltan contributed to reimbursement of several orphan drugs in Hungary during past 15 years. He worked for multiple leading pharmaceutical companies like Roche, Sanofi, Genzyme, Novartis and Merck, mainly in Hungary but also in Romania & Bulgaria. Proud father of two children, he enjoys cooking, riding bikes and reading. Zoltan is a Hungarian native speaker and is fluent in English.


Róbert Horváth

Project Manager, Hungary

Róbert is a pharmacist by training, with 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He worked for several innovative pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi, Bayer, AstraZeneca and Merck Group. He has a strong background in sales and medical as well, lately he was working as a medical advisor. He enjoys traveling, making music, learning new skills and cooking. A true fan of Italian and French cuisine. Róbert is a Hungarian native speaker and speaks English, German and Italian.




Blanka Kolaric

Distribution Director

Blanka is a sucefull leader and an executive. She is joining us from a strategic role where she was leading CBS functions including Finance, Accounting, HR, Facility Management, IT, Business Development and Marketing as a COO in EY Croatia. She has more than 20 years of experience in Audit, Finance, Accounting and Controlling. She is married, has a son and enjoys skiing, sailing and motorcycle.


Irena Stastny

Irena Stastny

Pricing and Market Access Director Adria Region

Successful pharma professional with 15 years of experience in rare diseases and orphan drugs field and 10 years of experience in leading market access and pharma corporate communication.
She worked for multiple leading pharma companies like Jonson & Johnson, Lilly, Genzyme and Abbvie .
Strong communicator with high developed negotiation skills who builds relationship with all levels of management and stakeholders. Mother of two children, she loves to spend time with her family and enjoys skiing, riding bike and reading.
Irena is a Croatian native speaker, fluent in English.


Ardian Hasani

Ardian Hasani

Commercial Lead North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo

Pharmacist by education, is a seasoned pharmaceutical professional with more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry gained in the company Krka. d.d. in multiple sales roles, recognized through the company’s merit system. He possesses in depth knowledge of Macedonian, Albanian and Kosova market, bringing much appreciated knowhow and competitive edge to ExCEEd Orphan in these non-EU, but very important markets within the CEE.
Ardian is native in Albanian and Macedonian languages, fluent in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Dedicated family man, father of two is a skiing, chess and IT enthusiast.


Iva Jez

Quality Manager

Pharmacist by education, with 4 years experience being a Responsible person for medical devices. Before Exceed, she worked as a Deputy manager in pharmacies for Zagreb’s Holding and Atlantic group. Enrolled in the Postgraduate-specialist study, hopes to become an University Master of Clinical Pharmacy. She is a native Croatian speaker, fluent in English. Iva enjoys long walks, travelling and coffee time.


Ales Lipicnik

Commercial Lead Slovenia

Experienced pharmaceutical industry professional with scientific background and 13 years of experience working in sales and marketing roles in innovative companies with orphan drugs portfolio, such as Takeda, Alexion and Swixx. Ales brings to ExCEEd Orphan the in-depth knowledge of the Slovenian rare disease environment and strong and consistent orphan drug sales track record, putting Slovenia shoulder to shoulder with EU big 4 markets in sales per capita.

Native in Slovenian, fluent in English and Croatian, Ales is a family man, big fan of outdoors, be it a walk in the woods or motorcycle scenic rides.


Petre Mitrea

MSL North Romania

He is a Medical Doctor, by formation, with more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including 12 years in treatment of advanced stages of Parkinson Disease. He has training in Palliative Care Speciality of terminally ill patients, at Cardiff, UK.

He is experienced in sales and marketing in Romania, successful as Clinical Research Physician, Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV, for MAHs) registering new medicinal products in XEVMPD, as Responsible Person for Sponsors managing reporting SAEs/ ICSRs in EudraVigilance Production System, EMAs Platform. He has broad experience in Regulatory Affairs.

Petre is Romanian native speaker and fluent in English, understands Hungarian and German. He enjoys biking, long walks in the forest and watching movies.


Nives Frcak

Office and logistics assistant

Nives has over 20 years of experience in sales, purchasing and administration.
She is native Croatian speaker, and fluent in English.

Enjoys cooking and exploring different cuisines, running, spending time in nature.

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