The Minister of Science and Education, prof. Pavo Barišić, dr.sc., appointed on 15 February 2017 Mr. Goran Kezunović as the new CEO of the Croatian Academic and Research Network – CARNET for a term of four years. Mr. Kezunović stepped on the duty on March 1, and was appointed the CEO based on the Report of the Commission for implementation of a public tender procedure for the appointment of the CARNET CEO. He has replaced Mr. Zvonimir Stanić who was CARNET’s CEO since 2004.
Goran Kezunović graduated in 1999 on the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb, where he acquired a degree in electrical engineering, and came to CARNET from the Croatian Chamber of Economy where he worked as the Head of the Cyber Security Department.
Until 1999, he worked as a student in CARNET’s R&D Laboratory at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. After that, he worked for the Zagreb – Rijeka Motorway where he initiated construction of optical network along the motorway. In 2001, he established the Informatics and Telecommunications Department in the Croatian Motorways. In H1 Telecom he established the Telecommunications Network Sector and organised connecting of the first users, and in the following years, as a private entrepreneur, in the company Dictus telecommunications, he created telecommunication decisions for small and medium enterprises. Since 2009, in the Zagreb – Rijeka Motorway he was in charge for launching the toll plaza Demerje and toll system maintenance. From 2013 to 2016 he worked as an ICT consultant.
“I am aware that this is a highly important institution which conducts or participates in numerous important projects concerning science and education system in the Republic of Croatia, and I will ensure that all good projects continue, but also improve in accordance with financial and technical resources”, said the new CEO.
As the main priorities and guidelines in his future work, he emphasized analysis of the current situation in the institution with respect to finance, technical equipment and personnel, with special attention to the existing and planned projects, especially those financed from the EU funds.
We would like to use this opportunity to thank the former CEO, Mr. Zvonimir Stanić, for his twelve-year leadership during which CARNET has accomplished exceptional results and launched numerous praiseworthy projects, among which we are especially proud of the e-Schools project: Establishing a System for Developing Digitally Mature Schools (pilot project).