Nikola Mandic was born on December 24th, 1965. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Novi Sad. He started a career as a sales manager and later a director with Zrenjanin-based company Laser 19. From 1995 to 2001, he worked as a General Director at Frog Media doo, member of the Press International System. He was later appointed a member of the Board at Press International, the first newspaper and magazines distribution network in Serbia. Mr Mandic was a Deputy General Manager with Direct Trade SEE in Belgrade, a company that has an exclusive distribution contract with the British American Tabacco in Serbia. Since 2006 Mr Mandic has been CEO and a Board Member of Direct Group, the main distributor of Telenor in Serbia.