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The most remarkable managerial changes of the fourth quarter of 2021 according to Bubenik Partners

According to Bubenik Partners, the most interesting managerial changes in the fourth quarter of 2021 included the arrival of new board members to two of the largest Czech banks and two additions to the top management of a globally operating Czech technology and intelligence firm. A major insurance company received a new CEO for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and new heads took over the financial management of an expanding logistics and technology company and a leading investment group. The nine changes listed in Bubenik Partners’ regular, prestigious quarterly selection also include the appointment of new additions to the top management of an American technology company and the arrival of a new member on the Board of Directors of the largest Czech private foundation.

The selection for the fourth quarter of 2021 represents an aggregate view of market events through the eyes of Bubenik Partners, a renowned consulting company with 20 years of experience working daily amongst top managers in the Czech Republic. It is a representative overview of the most important events that occurred at the highest levels of Czech business in the given period.

There has been a lot of activity at the top of the corporate pyramids since spring 2021. In the second quarter, the number of changes in top positions in major Czech companies and domestic branches of international corporations doubled compared to the first three months of the year – and in the third quarter it increased even further, to forty recorded management changes. In the fourth quarter, managerial changes took place significantly less as companies and candidates traditionally postpone changes until the beginning of the new year.

 

“Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business” in the fourth quarter of 2021

(in alphabetical order)

Pavol Dorčák – In October, he became the new CEO of MetLife in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (he previously worked at MetLife as CFO; he joined the insurance company in 2006 in the Finance and Internal Audit Department. In January 2011 he became CFO for Slovakia, and in 2018 his scope was extended to other countries, namely the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, and Ukraine).

 

Tomáš Honzák – Since October, he has strengthened the ranks of the top management of the American technology company GoodData; as Vice President of Security and Compliance, he will be responsible for securing the company’s products and services worldwide (he previously worked as Director of Information Security at GoodData for eight years; prior to this, he held technical and managerial positions at Acision and LogicaCMG).

 

Martin Kobza – In November, he became a new member of the Board of Directors of Česká spořitelna, responsible for IT and operations (he comes from the Austrian Erste Group, where for the past 6 years he oversaw digitizing banking products and services across all countries where the Erste Group operates. of the digital banking platform George, and since 2015 he has managed its gradual development and launch in the individual countries of Central Europe. For the past year, he has held the position of CEO of the innovative hub George Labs. Before joining Erste, he worked for 6 years at Slovenská sporiťeľna).

 

Kamila Makhmudová – In December, she became the new CFO and member of the Board of Directors of Raiffeisenbank (she has more than 20 years of experience in international banking and extensive. Her most recent position was Director of Corporate Development and Strategy Management at Raiffeisen Bank International, where she led the team responsible for the acquisition of Equa bank in the Czech Republic).

 

Tomáš Pondělík – In November, he joined the top management of the Czech technology company Livesport as the new head of the product department. As Chief Product Officer, he is responsible for the development of the company’s flagship, FlashScore – Livesport.cz in the Czech Republic – as well as other projects (he previously worked for the Home Credit Group, where for the past 4 years he was responsible for the development of online business, mobile applications, and digital marketing, primarily in Asia. He also gained foreign experience at William Hill and the betting division of the media house Sky. Previously, as a business analyst with the CME media group, he built multi-channel content services for seven countries).

 

Jiří Ponrt – In November, he joined the Pale Fire Capital investment group as CFO. His main tasks are managing the group’s finances, supporting financial management in individual companies in the portfolio and searching for new investment opportunities (he previously participated in the growth of Alza.cz, where he was in charge of and built a team of more than 100 people; he also gained experience with financial management, dynamic environments, and implementation of innovative services at home and abroad, including with the Danone/Nutricia group and CK Fisher).

 

David Soukup – In November, he took over the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Packeta Group, the owner of Zásilkovna. He is also a member of the senior management and participates in the strategic decisions and direction of Packeta (he came from the position of Sales Director of Linet Group; in the past, he worked in managerial positions in companies such as Linet Group, United Technologies, and Volvo Group and in consulting for McKinsey & Company).

 

Jana Vohralíková. At the same time, as Chancellor since 2019, she has been modernizing the operation of the (she was formerly Quaestor of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague; she gained experience in the private sector at the IT company Anect, where she was responsible for economics and human resources as a member of the Board of Directors. From 2003 to 2010 she worked in top positions at the Ministry of Informatics of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and the Office of the Government, as Deputy Minister Chairman of the Legislative Council of the Government. For five years she was the Secretary General of the YMCA in the Czech Republic).

 

Alan Záruba – In December, he joined Livesport’s top management as Chief Digital Content Officer. At the head of the newly established department, he is responsible for the creation and acquisition of digital content for the company’s flagship, FlashScore (he has almost 25 years of experience in graphic design, visual communication, and multimedia creation. He has been working in the media since 2006, first as a leading designer at Czech Television, then as Art Director of the news channels ČT24 and ČT Sport. In 2014 he became the creative director of the Nova Group, where he worked until joining Livesport last year).

 

 

Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business in the Fourth Quarter of 2021

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The most remarkable managerial changes of the fourth quarter of 2021 according to Bubenik Partners

According to Bubenik Partners, the most interesting managerial changes in the fourth quarter of 2021 included the arrival of new board members to two of the largest Czech banks and two additions to the top management of a globally operating Czech technology and intelligence firm. A major insurance company received a new CEO for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and new heads took over the financial management of an expanding logistics and technology company and a leading investment group. The nine changes listed in Bubenik Partners’ regular, prestigious quarterly selection also include the appointment of new additions to the top management of an American technology company and the arrival of a new member on the Board of Directors of the largest Czech private foundation.

The selection for the fourth quarter of 2021 represents an aggregate view of market events through the eyes of Bubenik Partners, a renowned consulting company with 20 years of experience working daily amongst top managers in the Czech Republic. It is a representative overview of the most important events that occurred at the highest levels of Czech business in the given period.

There has been a lot of activity at the top of the corporate pyramids since spring 2021. In the second quarter, the number of changes in top positions in major Czech companies and domestic branches of international corporations doubled compared to the first three months of the year – and in the third quarter it increased even further, to forty recorded management changes. In the fourth quarter, managerial changes took place significantly less as companies and candidates traditionally postpone changes until the beginning of the new year.

 

“Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business” in the fourth quarter of 2021

(in alphabetical order)

Pavol Dorčák – In October, he became the new CEO of MetLife in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (he previously worked at MetLife as CFO; he joined the insurance company in 2006 in the Finance and Internal Audit Department. In January 2011 he became CFO for Slovakia, and in 2018 his scope was extended to other countries, namely the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, and Ukraine).

 

Tomáš Honzák – Since October, he has strengthened the ranks of the top management of the American technology company GoodData; as Vice President of Security and Compliance, he will be responsible for securing the company’s products and services worldwide (he previously worked as Director of Information Security at GoodData for eight years; prior to this, he held technical and managerial positions at Acision and LogicaCMG).

 

Martin Kobza – In November, he became a new member of the Board of Directors of Česká spořitelna, responsible for IT and operations (he comes from the Austrian Erste Group, where for the past 6 years he oversaw digitizing banking products and services across all countries where the Erste Group operates. of the digital banking platform George, and since 2015 he has managed its gradual development and launch in the individual countries of Central Europe. For the past year, he has held the position of CEO of the innovative hub George Labs. Before joining Erste, he worked for 6 years at Slovenská sporiťeľna).

 

Kamila Makhmudová – In December, she became the new CFO and member of the Board of Directors of Raiffeisenbank (she has more than 20 years of experience in international banking and extensive. Her most recent position was Director of Corporate Development and Strategy Management at Raiffeisen Bank International, where she led the team responsible for the acquisition of Equa bank in the Czech Republic).

 

Tomáš Pondělík – In November, he joined the top management of the Czech technology company Livesport as the new head of the product department. As Chief Product Officer, he is responsible for the development of the company’s flagship, FlashScore – Livesport.cz in the Czech Republic – as well as other projects (he previously worked for the Home Credit Group, where for the past 4 years he was responsible for the development of online business, mobile applications, and digital marketing, primarily in Asia. He also gained foreign experience at William Hill and the betting division of the media house Sky. Previously, as a business analyst with the CME media group, he built multi-channel content services for seven countries).

 

Jiří Ponrt – In November, he joined the Pale Fire Capital investment group as CFO. His main tasks are managing the group’s finances, supporting financial management in individual companies in the portfolio and searching for new investment opportunities (he previously participated in the growth of Alza.cz, where he was in charge of and built a team of more than 100 people; he also gained experience with financial management, dynamic environments, and implementation of innovative services at home and abroad, including with the Danone/Nutricia group and CK Fisher).

 

David Soukup – In November, he took over the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Packeta Group, the owner of Zásilkovna. He is also a member of the senior management and participates in the strategic decisions and direction of Packeta (he came from the position of Sales Director of Linet Group; in the past, he worked in managerial positions in companies such as Linet Group, United Technologies, and Volvo Group and in consulting for McKinsey & Company).

 

Jana Vohralíková. At the same time, as Chancellor since 2019, she has been modernizing the operation of the (she was formerly Quaestor of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague; she gained experience in the private sector at the IT company Anect, where she was responsible for economics and human resources as a member of the Board of Directors. From 2003 to 2010 she worked in top positions at the Ministry of Informatics of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and the Office of the Government, as Deputy Minister Chairman of the Legislative Council of the Government. For five years she was the Secretary General of the YMCA in the Czech Republic).

 

Alan Záruba – In December, he joined Livesport’s top management as Chief Digital Content Officer. At the head of the newly established department, he is responsible for the creation and acquisition of digital content for the company’s flagship, FlashScore (he has almost 25 years of experience in graphic design, visual communication, and multimedia creation. He has been working in the media since 2006, first as a leading designer at Czech Television, then as Art Director of the news channels ČT24 and ČT Sport. In 2014 he became the creative director of the Nova Group, where he worked until joining Livesport last year).