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Eng. Atanas KatsarovEmployee of the Year

Sofiyska Voda implements a scheme to encourage the accomplishments of its employees. It was created with idea to award the personal achievements. The golden star is selectedevery month from various nominations from the different units within the company, Every three months we award Team of the 3 month. At the end of the year Employee of the year and Team of the year are selected from all receivers of the monthly awards.

The Company management gave the award Employee of the Year to Eng. Atanas Katsarov from Kubratovo WWTP. At the end of April 2014, after a serious failure of a main sewer, the wastewater volume entering the WWTP dramatically decreased. Atanas took the responsibility of switching off all the pumps for surplus activated sludge. He found that the volume of surplus sludge could be taken out by way of gravity, which saves a lot of electricity.

The achievement of the team of the last quarter of the year 2014 was awarded. Thus the Team of 2014 are the employees of several departments of Sofiyska Voda as well as colleagues from Romania who coped with a serious problem at Kubratovo WWTP.



Eng. Krassimir KrastevControl Center Senior Manager

Krassimir has Master’s Degrees in Electronics from Angel Kanchev University of Ruse and in Thermal Engineering from the Technical University of Sofia. He has a certificate of WSS Sector Management from the University of National and World Economy. In 2002, Krassimir Krastev joined the team of Sofiyska Voda as a Revenue Meters Replacement Specialist. For several years he held several positions - Revenue Meters Replacement Specialist, Water Network Modelling Specialist, Construction Supervision Specialist; in 2009 he became manager of the Construction Supervision Department, and at the start of 2014 he became Control Center Senior Manager.

Maria Shirletova, PhDContracts Manager

Maria started working at Sofiyska Voda as a specialist at the Procurement Department in 2006. For several years she continued her development as a manager at the Engineering and Construction Works Directorate, where she was in charge of the preparation, negotiation and conclusion of contracts for delivery of the main materials for the company. In November 2013, she took on another challenge in her career and joined the team of the Operations and Maintenance Directorate at the position of Contracts Manager. Maria Shirletova has a Master’s Degree in Transport Economics and PhD in Economics and Management from the University of National and World Economy.

Eng. Valentina BachvarovaReactive Fieldwork Manager

Valya joined the company as an intern in Water Meter Sealing in the summer of 2008 and in a few months she was promoted to supervisor of the department. In April 2010, she was appointed at the position of Revenue Meters Supervisor, organizing the work of the newly-formed team of survey and update of the revenue meters of Sofiyska Voda. At the start of 2013, Valentina Bachvarova became Reactive Fieldwork Manager. The team of the department aims to decrease unaccounted-for water and to increase the actually read water volumes, and at the same time Valya participates in several key projects of the Network Management Directorate. Valentina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management and Master’s Degree in Production and Operations Management from the Technical University of Sofia.

Eng. Radoslav ZlatkovOperations and Maintenance Chief Engineer

Radoslav Zlatkov has graduated in Electronic Engineering and Technology from the Technical University of Sofia and in Corporate Management (Project Management) from The Open University, and he has a certificate of professional management. Radoslav started working for the company 12 years ago as a Hidden Leaks Detection Specialist and in less than two years he headed the department. In 2008, he took on the difficult task of reducing the unaccounted-for water in the capital city as Project Manager. Until 2012 he held several key positions at the company – Water Network Senior Manager and Operations Manager at the potable water treatment plants in Pancharevo and Passarel. Currently, Radoslav Zlatkov is Operations and Maintenance Chief Engineer.

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