It should be noted that the title ‘managing director’ is not recognised under the Croatian Companies Act or other relevant applicable legislation. The Croatian Companies Act recognises only a ‘director’, who is authorised to represent the company and obliged to be registered as a member of the management board with the respective commercial court.
A managing director need not to have an employment agreement with the company, or any other type of agreement, in order to be able to represent the company.
Where a managing director has a managing / service agreement which falls under the regulation of Croatian obligatory law, only the provisions of the managing / service agreement apply. If aspects of the relationship are not dealt with in the managing / service agreement, the relevant provisions of the Croatian Obligations Act will apply.
Where a managing director does not have any employment or managing / service agreement with the company, he shall be treated as a member of the management board only.
The table below sets out the position under Croatian law with respect to the managing directors of a limited liability company, with and without service agreements.