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Hunt Scanlon Media — the most widely referenced, single source for information in the human capital sector — carried the news on our placement of Cedric Ballay as the new Group Chief Executive Officer at the Prague-headquartered PFNonwovens Group, the global hygiene nonwovens textile producer owned by the R2G family office.

Read more on Hunt Scanlon Media’s website.

 

 

The “Top 10” management changes in the second quarter, in our view, included strengthening the group management of a leading online grocery store operator, the first-ever appointment of a woman to the Board of Directors at a major bank and a generational change at the helm of one of the main private equity players in Central Europe. Among other highlights were the placement of a partner of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company to a key role at lender Česká spořitelna, or the arrival of a new sales director to the e-commerce platform MALL Group.

Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at Bubenik Partners, said the second quarter was marked by two ongoing trends: First, the traditional, brick-and-mortar financial and business sectors are no longer as attractive to management talent as the online business – four out of the top 10 were leadership changes at two companies running online platforms – Rohlík and MALL. Second, women increasingly receive greater opportunities within top management ranks – five out of the top 10 management shifts concerned female managers.

“In past years, classic ‘brick-and-mortar’ corporate institutions, such as banks and retailers with a number of branches, have faced disruption in their traditional business models, and we now see that it is increasingly attractive for leaders and innovators to join, and offer their skills to, fast-growing technology platforms,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of the Bubenik Partners.

“We are also glad to note that companies of different sizes and from different business sectors select women for top positions more commonly and naturally than before. More and more companies realize that gender, age, or cultural diversity contributes significantly to enhancing companies innovation, competitiveness as well as employee retention.”

Top 10 management changes in the second quarter of 2020 according to Bubenik Partners

(in alphabetical order) 

Erich Čomor – CEO for Germany at Rohlík Group (previously led Velvon banking  project for the PPF Group in Germany and was a member of the top management of Air Bank and Home Credit)

Dana Fajmonová – Head of People and Culture at Raiffeisenbank (she returned to the company after working at EmbedIT, prior to that she has also worked for Siemens and the consulting company QED Group)

Jitka Haubová – Member of the Board of Directors, Komerční banka (KB) – the first woman on the Board of Directors of this bank in its entire history (since 2012 she had held various managerial roles in KB’s corporate and municipal banking)

Vladimír Klein – CIO at CETIN (previously IT Director at MONETA Money Bank)

Daniela Razimová – Chief Employee Experience Officer at Rohlík Group (she previously worked at Home Credit for 12 years, first as a Group HR Director and then in the German banking project Velvon)

Michal Skalský – Chief Digital and Transformation Officer at Česká spořitelna (he previously worked for over 15 years at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he held a partner role)

Sonia Slavtcheva – CFO at Rohlík Group (previously she held the positions of CFO at GE, Home Credit Group and Allianz pojišťovna)

Jakub Střeštík – Commercial Director at MALL Group (in previous years he headed Kika Nábytek in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and since January 2018 he had additionally managed Kika in Romania)

Ondřej Vičar – Managing Partner at Genesis Capital (he works for Genesis Capital starting from 2007; Mr. Vičar replaced Jan Tauber, who founded the company more than 20 years ago and built it into a leading private equity player in Central Europe)

Erika Vorlová – Chief Services Officer v GasNet CZ (in previous years she was the HR Director of innogy for the Czech Republic)


“We have selected our 10 management changes of the first quarter of 2020 out of dozens of publicly announced changes that we have registered within our ongoing market monitoring,” said Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management.

“The main criteria for shortlisting included the size of the managed company, the extent of responsibility entrusted to the manager, the complexity of the industry and entitlement to manage the company – as well as the global context, ie how Czech managerial talent succeeded in the regional or global environment,” he added.

 

 

Czech Republic’s Top Management Moves in the Second Quarter of 2020

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The “Top 10” management changes in the second quarter, in our view, included strengthening the group management of a leading online grocery store operator, the first-ever appointment of a woman to the Board of Directors at a major bank and a generational change at the helm of one of the main private equity players in Central Europe. Among other highlights were the placement of a partner of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company to a key role at lender Česká spořitelna, or the arrival of a new sales director to the e-commerce platform MALL Group.

Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at Bubenik Partners, said the second quarter was marked by two ongoing trends: First, the traditional, brick-and-mortar financial and business sectors are no longer as attractive to management talent as the online business – four out of the top 10 were leadership changes at two companies running online platforms – Rohlík and MALL. Second, women increasingly receive greater opportunities within top management ranks – five out of the top 10 management shifts concerned female managers.

“In past years, classic ‘brick-and-mortar’ corporate institutions, such as banks and retailers with a number of branches, have faced disruption in their traditional business models, and we now see that it is increasingly attractive for leaders and innovators to join, and offer their skills to, fast-growing technology platforms,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of the Bubenik Partners.

“We are also glad to note that companies of different sizes and from different business sectors select women for top positions more commonly and naturally than before. More and more companies realize that gender, age, or cultural diversity contributes significantly to enhancing companies innovation, competitiveness as well as employee retention.”

Top 10 management changes in the second quarter of 2020 according to Bubenik Partners

(in alphabetical order) 

Erich Čomor – CEO for Germany at Rohlík Group (previously led Velvon banking  project for the PPF Group in Germany and was a member of the top management of Air Bank and Home Credit)

Dana Fajmonová – Head of People and Culture at Raiffeisenbank (she returned to the company after working at EmbedIT, prior to that she has also worked for Siemens and the consulting company QED Group)

Jitka Haubová – Member of the Board of Directors, Komerční banka (KB) – the first woman on the Board of Directors of this bank in its entire history (since 2012 she had held various managerial roles in KB’s corporate and municipal banking)

Vladimír Klein – CIO at CETIN (previously IT Director at MONETA Money Bank)

Daniela Razimová – Chief Employee Experience Officer at Rohlík Group (she previously worked at Home Credit for 12 years, first as a Group HR Director and then in the German banking project Velvon)

Michal Skalský – Chief Digital and Transformation Officer at Česká spořitelna (he previously worked for over 15 years at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he held a partner role)

Sonia Slavtcheva – CFO at Rohlík Group (previously she held the positions of CFO at GE, Home Credit Group and Allianz pojišťovna)

Jakub Střeštík – Commercial Director at MALL Group (in previous years he headed Kika Nábytek in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and since January 2018 he had additionally managed Kika in Romania)

Ondřej Vičar – Managing Partner at Genesis Capital (he works for Genesis Capital starting from 2007; Mr. Vičar replaced Jan Tauber, who founded the company more than 20 years ago and built it into a leading private equity player in Central Europe)

Erika Vorlová – Chief Services Officer v GasNet CZ (in previous years she was the HR Director of innogy for the Czech Republic)


“We have selected our 10 management changes of the first quarter of 2020 out of dozens of publicly announced changes that we have registered within our ongoing market monitoring,” said Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management.

“The main criteria for shortlisting included the size of the managed company, the extent of responsibility entrusted to the manager, the complexity of the industry and entitlement to manage the company – as well as the global context, ie how Czech managerial talent succeeded in the regional or global environment,” he added.

 

 

Bubenik Partner’s top 10 picks published by the leading economic weekly magazine Ekonom (in Czech).

 

 

Weekly Ekonom: Online Business Draws Management Talent While Women Receive Promotions (2020)

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Bubenik Partner’s top 10 picks published by the leading economic weekly magazine Ekonom (in Czech).

 

 

Bubenik Partners Recruits New Global Chief Executive Officer for PFNonwovens Holding

Central European executive search firm Bubenik Partners has assisted the owners of PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o. (“PFN”) in the recruitment of Mr. Cedric Ballay as the new Group Chief Executive Officer. The leadership change is the result of a long-planned succession at the helm of the Prague-headquartered PFN Group, the global hygiene nonwovens textile producer owned by the R2G family office. Mr. Ballay brings a wealth of industry experience to the role, having served in senior leadership capacities in Berry Global Group and General Electric.

The Prague-based Bubenik Partners team systematically identified and evaluated dozens of initial prospects from a range of relevant industries across the globe, before narrowing the field to a handful of shortlisted candidates who interviewed with PFN’s owners.

“What we particularly appreciated was a thorough, systematic approach of the Bubenik Partners team. Their dedication and attention to detail, in the end, made all the difference,” said Mr. Michal Smrek, Chief Executive Officer at R2G, which represents PFN’s owners.

“We highly valued the rigorous preparatory phase. That allowed us to efficiently arrive at a strong, well-researched shortlist. After verifying the best cultural fit, we were able to quickly pick the most suitable candidate. And it all went very smoothly, with the search completed within three months,” said Mr. Smrek.

Mr. Ballay will assume the CEO position from September 1, 2020. He will take over from Mr. Allen Bodford, who has led the PFN Group since its June 2018 acquisition of the nonwovens business belonging to the US-based First Quality Enterprises.

“Transparent ownership by accomplished entrepreneurs, great industry reputation, and world-class technological prowess of PFN Group made for an attractive career proposition to lure a global management talent,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and Managing Partner of Bubenik Partners.

“We are proud to have supported yet another Czech-based, globally-operating company in the recruitment of a top executive. It would not be possible without the trust and very effective cooperation of the R2G management and owners during the entire search process,” said Mr. Bubeník.

Mr. Cedric Ballay joins PFN from Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) where he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Health, Hygiene & Specialties Division in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEIA) regions. Before Berry, Mr. Ballay spent 16 years with General Electric. He is a board member of the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA).

 

Bubenik Partners Recruits New Global Chief Executive Officer for PFNonwovens Holding (2020)

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Bubenik Partners Recruits New Global Chief Executive Officer for PFNonwovens Holding

Central European executive search firm Bubenik Partners has assisted the owners of PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o. (“PFN”) in the recruitment of Mr. Cedric Ballay as the new Group Chief Executive Officer. The leadership change is the result of a long-planned succession at the helm of the Prague-headquartered PFN Group, the global hygiene nonwovens textile producer owned by the R2G family office. Mr. Ballay brings a wealth of industry experience to the role, having served in senior leadership capacities in Berry Global Group and General Electric.

The Prague-based Bubenik Partners team systematically identified and evaluated dozens of initial prospects from a range of relevant industries across the globe, before narrowing the field to a handful of shortlisted candidates who interviewed with PFN’s owners.

“What we particularly appreciated was a thorough, systematic approach of the Bubenik Partners team. Their dedication and attention to detail, in the end, made all the difference,” said Mr. Michal Smrek, Chief Executive Officer at R2G, which represents PFN’s owners.

“We highly valued the rigorous preparatory phase. That allowed us to efficiently arrive at a strong, well-researched shortlist. After verifying the best cultural fit, we were able to quickly pick the most suitable candidate. And it all went very smoothly, with the search completed within three months,” said Mr. Smrek.

Mr. Ballay will assume the CEO position from September 1, 2020. He will take over from Mr. Allen Bodford, who has led the PFN Group since its June 2018 acquisition of the nonwovens business belonging to the US-based First Quality Enterprises.

“Transparent ownership by accomplished entrepreneurs, great industry reputation, and world-class technological prowess of PFN Group made for an attractive career proposition to lure a global management talent,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and Managing Partner of Bubenik Partners.

“We are proud to have supported yet another Czech-based, globally-operating company in the recruitment of a top executive. It would not be possible without the trust and very effective cooperation of the R2G management and owners during the entire search process,” said Mr. Bubeník.

Mr. Cedric Ballay joins PFN from Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) where he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Health, Hygiene & Specialties Division in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEIA) regions. Before Berry, Mr. Ballay spent 16 years with General Electric. He is a board member of the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA).

 

“‘It may seem that there are dozens of Executive Search firms on the market, but the quality ones can be counted on the fingers of one hand,’ thinks Jan Bubeník, founder of Bubenik Partners, one of the most prominent, albeit smaller, Czech headhunting companies.” Read more in the story on Ekonom:

When Searching for Top Managers, It Is Not About Their Heads, but Rather Their Hearts | Read more (a story in the Ekonom weekly, in Czech)

When Searching for Top Managers, It Is Not About Their Heads, but Rather Their Hearts (2020)

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“‘It may seem that there are dozens of Executive Search firms on the market, but the quality ones can be counted on the fingers of one hand,’ thinks Jan Bubeník, founder of Bubenik Partners, one of the most prominent, albeit smaller, Czech headhunting companies.” Read more in the story on Ekonom:

When Searching for Top Managers, It Is Not About Their Heads, but Rather Their Hearts | Read more (a story in the Ekonom weekly, in Czech)

The most important management moves in the first quarter of 2020 in the Czech Republic included a leadership change in one of the world’s leading consumer finance providers and the advancement of Czechs into the management of a top luxury hotel as well as the domestic unit of a global industrial corporation. Among other eye-catching moves were an appointment of a Czech executive at one of the largest paper mills in the region and top management changes at a leading brewer and at banking, IT, and e-commerce companies. At Bubenik Partners, we leveraged our research to compile the list of 10 changes that we consider worth noticing (see the full list below).

The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus confronted newly assigned managers with unexpected and unprecedented decisions and shifted their focus, at least in the short run, from strategy and business development to crisis management and health protection.

“Management changes of the past quarter reflect decisions made 3-6 months ago, long before the onset of the pandemic in Europe, when companies were mostly planning further development or expansion in domestic and foreign markets,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners.

“Managers who have taken on new roles in recent months suddenly faced an entirely different economic situation and business outlook compared to what they had initially expected their mission to be.”

Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at Bubenik Partners, said that the end of last year and the beginning of this year was marked by a general interest in assigning new managers to take digital transformation and related roles across a wide range of industries.

“Many companies have been seeking managerial reinforcement in their IT teams with a special emphasis on IT risks and cybersecurity. Sales directors experienced in international expansion have also been in demand. We have also spotted a number of successful returns from abroad and the advancement of Czech managers to the top management ranks of local units of global companies,” he added.

 

Ten most interesting management moves in the first quarter of 2020

(in alphabetical order)

    • Martin Dell – CEO of the Four Seasons Hotel Prague (previously Resort Manager at Four Seasons Maui, Hawaii; he comes back to the Czech Republic after almost two decades spent in running hotel businesses across the globe)
    • Petr Domin – CEO of the Slovenian paper mill Vipap Videm Krško (previously worked for 30 years in the food packaging company Huhtamaki Oy)
    • Jean-Pascal Duvieusart – CEO of Home Credit International (since 2010 is a shareholder in the parent PPF Group; previously worked for 18 years at McKinsey and Company)
    • Klára Escobar – HR Director at MONETA Money Bank (previously held a similar position in Hello bank! Czech Republic)
    • Zdenek Havlena – Director of Pivovary Staropramen for the Czech Republic and Slovakia (in January 2017 he returned to the company from an international assignment to take the CFO position; since the second half of 2020 he worked as Commercial Director)
    • Tomáš Jelínek – Member of the Board of Directors in Raiffeisenbank, responsible for Markets & Investment Banking (working at the bank since 2005, from 2013 to 2020 as CFO)
    • Vítězslav Lukáš – CEO of ABB Czech Republic (working in the group since 1998, most recently in the position of Director of Robotics and Automation, which he is still holding)
    • Magda Pokorná – Director of Corporate Affairs at the real estate developer Crestyl (previously with the law firm Allen & Overy)
    • Vladek Šlezingr – CEO in the Czech unit of Atos IT Solutions and Services (previously CEO of the Czech branch of IBM and subsequently a member of the leadership of IBM Global Business Services for the entire CEE region)
    • Ladislav Veselý – CEO of Slevomat (between 2018 and 2019 he managed the company’s operations, previously he worked at the Economia publishing house and internet company Seznam)

 

“We selected our ‘Top 10’ of the first quarter of 2020 out of dozens of publicly announced management changes that we registered as part of our ongoing market monitoring,” said Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management.

“The main criteria for selection were the size of the managed company, the schope of responsibility of the given executive, the complexity of the given company’s industry and business, and also, of course, the global context, i.e., how Czech managerial talent succeeded in a regional or the global environment,” he added.

 

 

 

 

Czech Republic’s Top Management Moves in First Quarter of 2020

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The most important management moves in the first quarter of 2020 in the Czech Republic included a leadership change in one of the world’s leading consumer finance providers and the advancement of Czechs into the management of a top luxury hotel as well as the domestic unit of a global industrial corporation. Among other eye-catching moves were an appointment of a Czech executive at one of the largest paper mills in the region and top management changes at a leading brewer and at banking, IT, and e-commerce companies. At Bubenik Partners, we leveraged our research to compile the list of 10 changes that we consider worth noticing (see the full list below).

The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus confronted newly assigned managers with unexpected and unprecedented decisions and shifted their focus, at least in the short run, from strategy and business development to crisis management and health protection.

“Management changes of the past quarter reflect decisions made 3-6 months ago, long before the onset of the pandemic in Europe, when companies were mostly planning further development or expansion in domestic and foreign markets,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners.

“Managers who have taken on new roles in recent months suddenly faced an entirely different economic situation and business outlook compared to what they had initially expected their mission to be.”

Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at Bubenik Partners, said that the end of last year and the beginning of this year was marked by a general interest in assigning new managers to take digital transformation and related roles across a wide range of industries.

“Many companies have been seeking managerial reinforcement in their IT teams with a special emphasis on IT risks and cybersecurity. Sales directors experienced in international expansion have also been in demand. We have also spotted a number of successful returns from abroad and the advancement of Czech managers to the top management ranks of local units of global companies,” he added.

 

Ten most interesting management moves in the first quarter of 2020

(in alphabetical order)

    • Martin Dell – CEO of the Four Seasons Hotel Prague (previously Resort Manager at Four Seasons Maui, Hawaii; he comes back to the Czech Republic after almost two decades spent in running hotel businesses across the globe)
    • Petr Domin – CEO of the Slovenian paper mill Vipap Videm Krško (previously worked for 30 years in the food packaging company Huhtamaki Oy)
    • Jean-Pascal Duvieusart – CEO of Home Credit International (since 2010 is a shareholder in the parent PPF Group; previously worked for 18 years at McKinsey and Company)
    • Klára Escobar – HR Director at MONETA Money Bank (previously held a similar position in Hello bank! Czech Republic)
    • Zdenek Havlena – Director of Pivovary Staropramen for the Czech Republic and Slovakia (in January 2017 he returned to the company from an international assignment to take the CFO position; since the second half of 2020 he worked as Commercial Director)
    • Tomáš Jelínek – Member of the Board of Directors in Raiffeisenbank, responsible for Markets & Investment Banking (working at the bank since 2005, from 2013 to 2020 as CFO)
    • Vítězslav Lukáš – CEO of ABB Czech Republic (working in the group since 1998, most recently in the position of Director of Robotics and Automation, which he is still holding)
    • Magda Pokorná – Director of Corporate Affairs at the real estate developer Crestyl (previously with the law firm Allen & Overy)
    • Vladek Šlezingr – CEO in the Czech unit of Atos IT Solutions and Services (previously CEO of the Czech branch of IBM and subsequently a member of the leadership of IBM Global Business Services for the entire CEE region)
    • Ladislav Veselý – CEO of Slevomat (between 2018 and 2019 he managed the company’s operations, previously he worked at the Economia publishing house and internet company Seznam)

 

“We selected our ‘Top 10’ of the first quarter of 2020 out of dozens of publicly announced management changes that we registered as part of our ongoing market monitoring,” said Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management.

“The main criteria for selection were the size of the managed company, the schope of responsibility of the given executive, the complexity of the given company’s industry and business, and also, of course, the global context, i.e., how Czech managerial talent succeeded in a regional or the global environment,” he added.

 

 

 

 

Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s leading executive coach, is visiting Prague to share his insights in a one-day Leadership program on April 22, 2020. At Bubenik Partners, we have become a proud partner of the event.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the world authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior for themselves and their teams. He has been recognized as the #1 Executive Coach in the world every year for the past decade. Marshall is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author or editor of 40 books, which have been translated into 32 languages. Two of these books, Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, have been recognized by Amazon in their listing of the Top 100 Leadership and Success Books ever written.

For more information and registration, visit the event’s website.

Please use this unique discount code BUBENIKPARTNERS to get our reduced price 9 900 CZK plus VAT.

 

 

 

 

World’s Leading Executive Coach to Share His Insights in Prague

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Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s leading executive coach, is visiting Prague to share his insights in a one-day Leadership program on April 22, 2020. At Bubenik Partners, we have become a proud partner of the event.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the world authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior for themselves and their teams. He has been recognized as the #1 Executive Coach in the world every year for the past decade. Marshall is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author or editor of 40 books, which have been translated into 32 languages. Two of these books, Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, have been recognized by Amazon in their listing of the Top 100 Leadership and Success Books ever written.

For more information and registration, visit the event’s website.

Please use this unique discount code BUBENIKPARTNERS to get our reduced price 9 900 CZK plus VAT.

 

 

 

 

The most interesting shifts in the management landscape in the Czech Republic included changes at the helm of the largest insurance company, one of the leading banks, a global technology company, and also the advancement of Czech executives to critical positions in the multinational corporations’ home markets. At Bubenik Partners, we leveraged our research to compile the list of 10 changes that we consider worth noticing (see the full list below).

“Among changes that drew our attention last year were returns of Czech top managers from abroad and transfers within the top-level corporate management locally. Furthermore, important to mention were decisions of global corporations to entrust managers, who grew up here, with overseeing large markets at their home base,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners.

Ten most interesting shifts in Czech management landscape in 2019

(in alphabetical order)

  • Jakub Dusílek – General Manager of UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia (from 2016 to 2018 at UniCredit Bank Romania)
  • Roman Juráš – General Manager of Česká pojišťovna (before CEO at Slovak insurance company Generali)
  • Petr Kováč – Partner for Corporate Finance at consulting company EY (before Managing Director at C Corporate Finance)
  • Miroslav Lukeš – Senior Vice President of Mastercard, New York (before General Manager at the same company for Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria)
  • Renata Mrázová – Chief People Officer at Home Credit International (before Global Head of HR at NN Group)
  • Marek Skysľak – Sales Director at Coca Cola HBC Czech Republic and Slovakia (before Managing Director at Procter & Gamble Czech Republic and Slovakia)
  • Aleš Struminský – General Manager of Imperial Tobacco for Great Britain and Ireland (previous position: General Manager of Imperial Tobacco for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland)
  • Juraj Šedivý – CEO CETIN (during 2006-2009 CEO of Telefónica O2 Slovakia)
  • Vít Vážan – General Manager of České radiokomunikace (before CFO at the same company)
  • Ondřej Vlček – CEO Avast (before President of Consumer Division at the same company)

“We selected our ‘Top 10’ managerial shifts in 2019 from the dozens of publicly announced changes that we have encountered during our ongoing market monitoring. The main criteria for selection were the size of the managed company, the extent of managerial responsibilities, the complexity of the industry and company governance, and, of course, the global context, i.e., how Czech managerial talent succeeded in the regional or global field,” said Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at Bubenik Partners.

A big theme: Family businesses look for new leaders to succeed founders

“Despite signs of a slowdown in some sectors, interest in recruiting managers for further business development and expansion prevailed last year. The market mood was also reflected in the interest in beefing up the leadership of M&A teams at the Big Four consulting firms and banks. Many companies in the so-called ‘old economy’ continued to build up digital skills or to hire managers with the ability and experience to automate manufacturing, warehouse, and other processes,” said Jan Bubeník.

A big theme has become the quest to find professional management to run family businesses built from the 1990s, whose founders have no heirs apparent to succeed them in their leadership positions.

“Successor positions offer a great opportunity for seasoned managers from global corporations. In originally family businesses, they can get enough space and freedom, be strongly interested in the outcome, and have the prospect of eventually becoming co-owners of managed companies,” noted Jan Bubeník.

An example of a leadership succession story, with Bubenik Partners consultants engaged in the selection of the new CEO, is the Olomouc-based company Mapro, a supplier of technologies for plastic injection and production automation.

“At first, going through a costly and time-consuming selection process with an executive search company did not seem like the best idea. However, in the end, it turned out to be the right thing to do. We managed to find a skillful person from the region, whom we probably would not have the courage to approach. Thanks to cooperation with Bubenik Partners, we were able to attract a manager who has the appropriate professional background and is mature enough to take over the company as a new CEO,” said Boris Lucký, co-founder of Mapro.

 

 

Our Top 10 Picks for Interesting Shifts in Czech Management Landscape in 2019

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The most interesting shifts in the management landscape in the Czech Republic included changes at the helm of the largest insurance company, one of the leading banks, a global technology company, and also the advancement of Czech executives to critical positions in the multinational corporations’ home markets. At Bubenik Partners, we leveraged our research to compile the list of 10 changes that we consider worth noticing (see the full list below).

“Among changes that drew our attention last year were returns of Czech top managers from abroad and transfers within the top-level corporate management locally. Furthermore, important to mention were decisions of global corporations to entrust managers, who grew up here, with overseeing large markets at their home base,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners.

Ten most interesting shifts in Czech management landscape in 2019

(in alphabetical order)

  • Jakub Dusílek – General Manager of UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia (from 2016 to 2018 at UniCredit Bank Romania)
  • Roman Juráš – General Manager of Česká pojišťovna (before CEO at Slovak insurance company Generali)
  • Petr Kováč – Partner for Corporate Finance at consulting company EY (before Managing Director at C Corporate Finance)
  • Miroslav Lukeš – Senior Vice President of Mastercard, New York (before General Manager at the same company for Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria)
  • Renata Mrázová – Chief People Officer at Home Credit International (before Global Head of HR at NN Group)
  • Marek Skysľak – Sales Director at Coca Cola HBC Czech Republic and Slovakia (before Managing Director at Procter & Gamble Czech Republic and Slovakia)
  • Aleš Struminský – General Manager of Imperial Tobacco for Great Britain and Ireland (previous position: General Manager of Imperial Tobacco for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland)
  • Juraj Šedivý – CEO CETIN (during 2006-2009 CEO of Telefónica O2 Slovakia)
  • Vít Vážan – General Manager of České radiokomunikace (before CFO at the same company)
  • Ondřej Vlček – CEO Avast (before President of Consumer Division at the same company)

“We selected our ‘Top 10’ managerial shifts in 2019 from the dozens of publicly announced changes that we have encountered during our ongoing market monitoring. The main criteria for selection were the size of the managed company, the extent of managerial responsibilities, the complexity of the industry and company governance, and, of course, the global context, i.e., how Czech managerial talent succeeded in the regional or global field,” said Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at Bubenik Partners.

A big theme: Family businesses look for new leaders to succeed founders

“Despite signs of a slowdown in some sectors, interest in recruiting managers for further business development and expansion prevailed last year. The market mood was also reflected in the interest in beefing up the leadership of M&A teams at the Big Four consulting firms and banks. Many companies in the so-called ‘old economy’ continued to build up digital skills or to hire managers with the ability and experience to automate manufacturing, warehouse, and other processes,” said Jan Bubeník.

A big theme has become the quest to find professional management to run family businesses built from the 1990s, whose founders have no heirs apparent to succeed them in their leadership positions.

“Successor positions offer a great opportunity for seasoned managers from global corporations. In originally family businesses, they can get enough space and freedom, be strongly interested in the outcome, and have the prospect of eventually becoming co-owners of managed companies,” noted Jan Bubeník.

An example of a leadership succession story, with Bubenik Partners consultants engaged in the selection of the new CEO, is the Olomouc-based company Mapro, a supplier of technologies for plastic injection and production automation.

“At first, going through a costly and time-consuming selection process with an executive search company did not seem like the best idea. However, in the end, it turned out to be the right thing to do. We managed to find a skillful person from the region, whom we probably would not have the courage to approach. Thanks to cooperation with Bubenik Partners, we were able to attract a manager who has the appropriate professional background and is mature enough to take over the company as a new CEO,” said Boris Lucký, co-founder of Mapro.

 

 

Which way to go when selecting an executive for a critical leadership role: Pick an internal or hire an external candidate? Many clients tend to ask this question, both themselves and ourselves. In this article, Marek Petruš, our Research Director, summarizes three conclusions informed both by established practice and selected research papers.

1. For large corporations with a unique culture and a proven track record in grooming leaders, an internal candidate is often the ideal choice.

Large companies that have mastered developing internal leaders and have a particular culture (such as GE or Apple) find quite often the best candidates inside. Thus, it will be no surprise to see Apple place an internal candidate at the helm of its communications function, although the company has said that it will be considering both internal and external candidates to take over the position.

Preferring an internal hire is a faster, and usually less risky, way of filling an executive position. One avoids the oft-lengthy preparation and subsequent administration of an external executive search process. Furthermore, an internal hire mitigates the risk that the chosen candidate fails to fit the internal environment and adopt a specific corporate culture. Numerous expert studies support the argument in favor of internal mobility. In the one neatly dubbed “Paying More to Get Less: The Effects of External Hiring Versus Internal Mobility”, the author, Matthew Bidwell of Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, concludes that externally selected managers earn more than internally promoted managers — although those internally promoted have shown significantly better performance than those hired externally, and they also less frequently, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, leave their management positions:

“I find that workers promoted to jobs have significantly better performance than workers hired into similar jobs for the first two years, and lower rates of voluntary and involuntary exit. Nonetheless, the external hires are initially paid around 18 percent more than the promoted workers and have higher levels of experience and education.”

 

2. The pursuit of a change agenda, a new business opening or an expansion to new markets speaks powerfully in favor of external candidates even at established corporations

When entering a new business, expanding into new markets or in general pursuing a change agenda, even established corporations are considering, or should consider, primarily external candidates. Internal candidates may be too dependent on the established practices or overly tied by the straitjacket of quite often artificial internal constraints, and thus insufficiently assertive in promoting a change. The right external candidate will approach the role from a new perspective, tapping into his expertise and unique experience, and bring new skills and fresh air into the job.

To give an example from our recent executive search practice: Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, pursuing its growth vision and expanding across product lines, has selected a high-caliber external candidate, Marek Skysľak, as the new Chief Commercial Officer for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Marek previously served as Managing Director of Procter & Gamble for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The search, considering a vast pool of candidates, was led by our company, Bubenik Partners.

“I am extremely proud that we have been able to recruit a senior manager and a capable leader such as Marek for our team. I believe that our growth will accelerate thanks to his experience and ability to lead,” said Maria Anargyrou-Nikolić, CEO of Coca-Cola HBC Czech Republic and Slovakia.

 

3. Best is to choose from a wide variety of internal and external candidates

External selection, usually led by a specialist executive search advisor such as Bubenik Partners, typically takes several months. The advisor and many stakeholders on the client side need to establish close cooperation and strike a true partnership based on mutual trust to succeed in the search endeavor. Taking into account a well-balanced, broad mix of candidates is a prerequisite for making the right decision to fill a crucial executive position. Only then the best can be identified, interviewed, and assessed, whether they are already working in the company or coming from the outside.

The still valid Center for Creative Leadership research study entitled “Executive Selection: A Research Report on What Works and What Doesn’t” makes a blunt conclusion:

“The search process should include a wide variety of candidates, including internals and externals, to ensure that you are not missing a good choice.”

The effort to promote the best possible choice based on a sufficiently broad and systematic selection of candidates from both inside and outside of the client firm is also reflected in the way a reputable executive search firm constructs its fee. Our fees at Bubenik Partners are also totally independent of whether the candidate who is ultimately nominated and selected for the role is internal or external.

 

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Which way to go when selecting an executive for a critical leadership role: Pick an internal or hire an external candidate? Many clients tend to ask this question, both themselves and ourselves. In this article, Marek Petruš, our Research Director, summarizes three conclusions informed both by established practice and selected research papers.

1. For large corporations with a unique culture and a proven track record in grooming leaders, an internal candidate is often the ideal choice.

Large companies that have mastered developing internal leaders and have a particular culture (such as GE or Apple) find quite often the best candidates inside. Thus, it will be no surprise to see Apple place an internal candidate at the helm of its communications function, although the company has said that it will be considering both internal and external candidates to take over the position.

Preferring an internal hire is a faster, and usually less risky, way of filling an executive position. One avoids the oft-lengthy preparation and subsequent administration of an external executive search process. Furthermore, an internal hire mitigates the risk that the chosen candidate fails to fit the internal environment and adopt a specific corporate culture. Numerous expert studies support the argument in favor of internal mobility. In the one neatly dubbed “Paying More to Get Less: The Effects of External Hiring Versus Internal Mobility”, the author, Matthew Bidwell of Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, concludes that externally selected managers earn more than internally promoted managers — although those internally promoted have shown significantly better performance than those hired externally, and they also less frequently, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, leave their management positions:

“I find that workers promoted to jobs have significantly better performance than workers hired into similar jobs for the first two years, and lower rates of voluntary and involuntary exit. Nonetheless, the external hires are initially paid around 18 percent more than the promoted workers and have higher levels of experience and education.”

 

2. The pursuit of a change agenda, a new business opening or an expansion to new markets speaks powerfully in favor of external candidates even at established corporations

When entering a new business, expanding into new markets or in general pursuing a change agenda, even established corporations are considering, or should consider, primarily external candidates. Internal candidates may be too dependent on the established practices or overly tied by the straitjacket of quite often artificial internal constraints, and thus insufficiently assertive in promoting a change. The right external candidate will approach the role from a new perspective, tapping into his expertise and unique experience, and bring new skills and fresh air into the job.

To give an example from our recent executive search practice: Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, pursuing its growth vision and expanding across product lines, has selected a high-caliber external candidate, Marek Skysľak, as the new Chief Commercial Officer for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Marek previously served as Managing Director of Procter & Gamble for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The search, considering a vast pool of candidates, was led by our company, Bubenik Partners.

“I am extremely proud that we have been able to recruit a senior manager and a capable leader such as Marek for our team. I believe that our growth will accelerate thanks to his experience and ability to lead,” said Maria Anargyrou-Nikolić, CEO of Coca-Cola HBC Czech Republic and Slovakia.

 

3. Best is to choose from a wide variety of internal and external candidates

External selection, usually led by a specialist executive search advisor such as Bubenik Partners, typically takes several months. The advisor and many stakeholders on the client side need to establish close cooperation and strike a true partnership based on mutual trust to succeed in the search endeavor. Taking into account a well-balanced, broad mix of candidates is a prerequisite for making the right decision to fill a crucial executive position. Only then the best can be identified, interviewed, and assessed, whether they are already working in the company or coming from the outside.

The still valid Center for Creative Leadership research study entitled “Executive Selection: A Research Report on What Works and What Doesn’t” makes a blunt conclusion:

“The search process should include a wide variety of candidates, including internals and externals, to ensure that you are not missing a good choice.”

The effort to promote the best possible choice based on a sufficiently broad and systematic selection of candidates from both inside and outside of the client firm is also reflected in the way a reputable executive search firm constructs its fee. Our fees at Bubenik Partners are also totally independent of whether the candidate who is ultimately nominated and selected for the role is internal or external.

 

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Our professional reputation was built by working at the top levels of corporate management, placing senior executives across industries in companies in the Czech Republic, Slovakia as well as globally.

We embody deep client focus and expertise with people and organizations that matter. Our team of experienced professionals is building on top-level expertise gained in international companies and is passionate about employing our know-how and creativity to advance management careers and help clients find a perfect match to strengthen, broaden or complement the management team.

Bubenik Partners is a member of an independent worldwide federation “Partners to Leaders”.

The company, based in the Czech capital Prague, was founded by Mr. Jan Bubeník in 2001.

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Jan Bubeník

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Founder & Managing Partner

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Jan Bubeník is the founder and Managing Partner of Bubenik Partners. He has spent the past 20 years placing expatriates as well as local C-level executives into top positions in companies in the Czech Republic and internationally.

He previously managed Korn Ferry in Prague. Before entering the executive search industry, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.

In addition to his executive search business activities, he has participated in management audits and other consulting projects for major regional corporations.

Jan studied Pediatrics at the Charles University Medical School in Prague and Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

During the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution in November 1989, Jan was one of its principal student leaders. He went on to serve as the youngest member of the first federal parliament. He has also been active with human rights and pro-democracy NGOs helping in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Cuba, where he was arrested and jailed in 2001 for “subversive contact and delivering resources to counter–revolutionary elements”.

Jan was Chairman of the Board of the Corporate Council at Vaclav Havel’s Forum 2000 Foundation and is serving on the Boards of the YPO Gold Czech and Slovak Chapters.

He is married and lives with his wife and 4 kids in Prague.

 

Pavel Lhotka

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Pavel Lhotka leads executive search and other management consulting assignments at Bubenik Partners, with a particular focus on the finance function. He builds on the rich experience gained at the global finance management level in international corporations.

Pavel worked for 18 years in regional director positions at Danone. He was responsible for delivering financial and commercial goals for regional businesses with annual revenue of up to 2 billion euros, as well as for recruiting finance managers in over 20 countries.

Pavel’s management consulting experience stems from his previous role as a consultant at the Prague office of global executive search firm Egon Zehnder.

He studied Law at Prague’s Charles University and Economics Prague School of Economics (VŠE). He also holds an MBA degree from IMD Business School, Lausanne.

Marek Petruš

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Director, Research & Knowledge Management

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Marek Petruš is responsible for research & knowledge management at Bubenik Partners. He also carries out select executive search and other management consulting assignments, particularly focusing on corporate affairs and communications functions.

He joined the team in 2018, building on more than two decades of experience as a communications manager and consultant advising senior leaders on external relations and other communications issues both in the Czech Republic and internationally.

Marek draws on his expertise in executive search and management consulting gained in his past role as Head of Research at Egon Zehnder International.

Marek holds a master’s degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from the Charles University in Prague.

He is a member of the Advisory Board for the highly reputed Executive Education Series at Central Banking, an information provider and event organizer serving the specialist community of central bankers.

Petra Nigrínová

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Office Manager

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Petra Nigrínová is responsible for all operational and administrative affairs in the office.

Prior to joining Bubenik Partners in April 2019, she acted as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile Czech Republic.

Petra has over 20 years of experience in supporting the executive teams of leading companies in the Czech Republic.

Tereza Vichová

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Tereza Vichová is an associate leading research & knowledge management at the firm and also participating in executive search and other management consulting assignments.

Her professional career in the executive search industry spans over 7 years.

Before joining Bubenik Partners in July 2019, she spent nearly four years as part of a research team in the Prague office of Spencer Stuart.

Tereza studied Adult Education and Personnel Management at Charles University in Prague.

Anna Korienieva

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Junior Research Analyst

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Anna Korienieva is an analyst in the research & knowledge management team of Bubenik Partners, participating on all the firms’ assignments.

Anna is a student of International Relations and Affairs at the University of Economics in Prague.

Anna also heads up a student organization that arranges and participates in various international conferences. Her main focus in this arena is the organization of the Model United Nations conferences which are held annually in Prague and other European cities.

Kristin LaRonca Parpel

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Executive Coach and Consultant

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Kristin LaRonca Parpel partners with us to provide executive coaching, leadership workshops and women’s programs to our clients.

Prior to becoming an executive coach, Kristin spent over a decade in executive leadership roles in the advertising industry both in Prague (as CEO of Wunderman) and in New York City (as Global Director of Marketing Services at Euro RSCG Worldwide).

Kristin studies psychology at the University of Harford in CT, USA.

She is passionate about empowering our clients to define their own success and happiness and then creating a plan to make it happen.

Kristin is a steering committee member and mentor at the Equilibrium mentoring program for women (organized by the British Chamber of Commerce), she is also a mentor in the EWOB (European Women on Boards) and My Odyssey mentoring program for Women.

She previously served as a Corporate Council member at Vaclav Havel’s Forum 2000 Foundation and as an advisory board member at UNICEF, CR.

Kristin is passionate about people, diversity and travel.

Founder & Managing Partner

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Jan Bubeník is the founder and Managing Partner of Bubenik Partners. He has spent the past 20 years placing expatriates as well as local C-level executives into top positions in companies in the Czech Republic and internationally.

He previously managed Korn Ferry in Prague. Before entering the executive search industry, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.

In addition to his executive search business activities, he has participated in management audits and other consulting projects for major regional corporations.

Jan studied Pediatrics at the Charles University Medical School in Prague and Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

During the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution in November 1989, Jan was one of its principal student leaders. He went on to serve as the youngest member of the first federal parliament. He has also been active with human rights and pro-democracy NGOs helping in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Cuba, where he was arrested and jailed in 2001 for “subversive contact and delivering resources to counter–revolutionary elements”.

Jan was Chairman of the Board of the Corporate Council at Vaclav Havel’s Forum 2000 Foundation and is serving on the Boards of the YPO Gold Czech and Slovak Chapters.

He is married and lives with his wife and 4 kids in Prague.

 

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We work with individual managers or an entire top management team to identify key professional and managerial competences and objectively classify the strengths, the areas for development as well as the potential risks, determining what support our client’s executives may need to succeed.

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Outplacement

We create individual, tailored-made outplacement programs for senior managers who are about to leave or are exiting their companies. We combine personal career coaching, employ “getting to know yourself” diagnostic methods and a range of self-improving exercises to help managers re-orient their career prospects and independently and successfully transition to a new role.

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Coaching

We empower managers to become who they want to be, supporting them in changing in the way they wish to unlock their best selves.

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On-boarding

We facilitate the effective professional launch and successful integration of experienced managers into their new roles even before joining.

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Career Counselling

We offer discreet individual consultation to senior managers, providing professional advice on their career transitions or setting programs to work with them to find the next role as quickly as possible.

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Tailored workshops

We arrange and lead individual or team workshops tailored to client specifications, on topics ranging from personal development and personal brand positioning to leadership as well as team motivation and appraisals.

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References

Milan Vašina

CEO, T-Mobile Czech Republic, a.s. / Slovak Telekom, a.s.

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”T-Mobile has been working with Bubenik Partners for many years. We continue to be amazed with their ability to understand our company needs and then find candidates with not only the right profile, but also the necessary cultural fit. We appreciate the speed with which they work, the quality of the candidates they recommend, and that they can always adapt to the situation and possible changes that may occur.

I very much appreciate the scale of services offered by Bubenik Partners and am happy to recommend them personally.”

Maria Anargyrou-Nikolic

General Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Czech Republic and Slovakia

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“Working with Jan is always a great experience on the highest level of proficiency. Jan ensures understating of our strategic priorities such as customer centric approach as well as culture in order to identify and match the right fit of the candidates. This is what I call true partnership.”

Boris Lucký

Founder & Owner, Mapro Olomouc

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Having considered it thoroughly with my business partner and co-founder, we decided to hand over the management of our company to a professional, hired manager, to help drive the company further. Immediately, we naturally asked ourselves the question of how to find such a person. To take the path of hiring a specialized executive search firm and go through a costly and time-consuming selection didn’t initially seem like a good idea. But the result confirmed that it paid off; we found a smart and reliable person in the region that we probably wouldn’t have the courage to approach otherwise. Thanks to our cooperation with Bubenik Partners, we were able to lure a manager, who has a much-needed professional background and is mature enough to take over responsibility for our company as its new CEO.

We had considered several executive search companies for the job. We chose Bubenik Partners for their pragmatic assessment of candidates and for their years of proven ability to combine the necessary degree of systematic search with creativity and ingenuity.

Jiří Kejval

Chairman of the Board, TECHO a.s.

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”Mr Bubenik, in addition to your highly professional approach, I respect you for your personal attitude, informal and formal consultations, opinions on candidates, and your exceptional talent to read candidates’ abilities „in between the lines“ all that to provide a comprehensive assessment of the candidates.”

Michal Smrek

CEO, R2G

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”Honza was simply born for executive search. You can’t really learn what he does, it is fascinating to watch him while searching for the right candidate – employing his creativity, skills and heart, until a perfect match is found.“

František řezáč

CEO, PEGAS Nonwovens

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”We were completely satisfied with the services provided by Bubenik Partners and especially by Mr. Bubeník himself. He was not only very good and quick at understanding the assignment and our requirements, but both he and his team were also very effective in the subsequent candidate selection process. The project was delivered on time, in high quality and with complete professionalism. We were especially highly impressed by the active participation of the CEO in the key moments of project‘s realization, which was absolutely crucial for the project´s successful closure.”

Stanislav Kubáček

Co-CEO & CFO, RESIDOMO

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”Jan Bubenik and his team are leaders in executive search in the Czech Republic. Having dealt with a number of firms in the space, when we search a C-level or critical profile we go to Bubenik Partners. Jan is very hardworking and always presents solutions only after having well understood both his client’s and candidate’s expectations.”

Daniel Horák

CEO, Dr.Max

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”We cooperated with Bubenik Partners to fulfill two key management positions. The results were amazing as Bubenik Partners found experts who not only fit the profiles we needed, but also matched well with our existing management team and company culture. Our work together was a process of continuous consultation. It started with a detailed discovery and understanding of our company culture, team, and typology of suitable candidates in the context of future co-workers. Bubenik Partners then helped with the adaptation process of the selected candidates and delivered top-class candidates for detailed evaluation. What I believe sets Bubenik Partners apart from other executive search firms is their long-term experience, deep knowledge of the market and their ability to provide high-quality references.”

Omar Koleilat

CEO, Crestyl

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”In our opinion, Bubenik Partners is one of the top executive search firms in the Czech/Slovak markets. The basis of their success is a uniquely large contact network of available local talent, kept up-to-date through intensive and personal interactions, ensuring great overview of the Czech/Slovak talent pool. As a result, Mr. Bubenik is able to generate relevant candidates, whom he knows personally. This adds significant value to the selection process by producing great candidates that also fit the clients’ company culture.

We also value Mr. Bubenik’s consulting mindset, whereby he can quickly identify the client’s needs and formulate an approach that will help his clients succeed. We strongly endorse Bubenik Partners for anyone who is serious about attracting top managerial talent to their organizations.”

Jan Čupa

CEO sub-region Central Europe, AXA Assistance CZ

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”The cooperation with you has always been highly professional and incredibly sympathetic, you understood our needs and met our expectations and demands in an outstanding way. We very much appreciate your highly professional views and inputs during our individual tenders, which have both greatly enriched us.”

Ronald Hönsch

V.P. HR Europe, Henry Schein Services

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”It was a great pleasure working with you, receiving your excellent counseling and outstanding evaluation of the candidates. We also appreciated very much your diplomatic approach to the candidates and your support in keeping them interested in Henry Schein during the long selection process. You really found not just one, but several needles in a haystack and the recommended candidates perfectly matched our job profile.”

Radek Cmunt

Country HR Director, Mondi Group

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”Cooperating with Bubenik Partners was a very pleasant experience. Their passion, integrity and absolutely top level of service are unmatched. Jan Bubenik is a trusted professional, person of impeccable character and expert in the area of executive search. I value and seek his advice and I am honored to work with him.

His company belongs rightfully to best executive search firms in the Czech Republic. I would recommend it to anyone who search for top caliber candidates.”

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Bubenik Partners je přední executive search společnost ve střední a východní Evropě, kterou založil Jan Bubeník v roce 2001 v Praze.

Naše profesionální pověst byla vybudována spoluprací při obsazování nejvyšších manažerských pozic u našich klientů, a to napříč odvětvími v České republice, na Slovensku i po celém světě.

Kromě přímého vyhledávání manažerů na vrcholové pozice (executive search) nabízíme celou řadu dalších služeb manažerského poradenství včetně outplacementu, koučování, kariérního poradenství, on-boardingu, na míru šitých workshopů a individuálního i týmového posuzování kompetencí manažerů.

Jako poradenská společnost v kontaktu s kandidáty i klienty zpracováváme značné množství osobních údajů. Veškeré tyto údaje spravujeme výhradně v souladu s platnou legislativou.

Jaké osobní údaje shromažďujeme

Zpracováváme základní osobní údaje, jako jsou například akademický titul, jméno, datum narození a další informace, jež jsou běžně součástí životopisu, který s námi jako kandidát sdílíte (jako např. dosažené vzdělání, předchozí zaměstnání, profesní zkušenosti a kariérní aspirace). Shromažďujeme samozřejmě i údaje nezbytně nutné pro navázání a udržení vzájemného kontaktu (telefonní číslo, e-mail atd.).

Kde uchováváme osobní údaje

Osobní údaje shromážděné během komunikace a spolupráce s kandidáty uchováváme v zabezpečené databázi provozované na naší partnerské platformě Not Actively Looking, k níž mají přístup výhradně oprávnění zaměstnanci Bubenik Partners.

Alternativně kandidátům doporučujeme, aby si sami vytvořili vlastní osobní profil na platformě Not Actively Looking, a tímto způsobem s námi sdíleli nejen svůj životopis, ale také se sami rozhodli, jaké osobní údaje nám poskytnou a co nám řeknou o své kariérní historii a profesních aspiracích. Takto vytvořený profil si každý kandidát spravuje a aktualizuje sám.

Jak používáme osobní údaje

Tyto údaje se používají obvyklým způsobem pro naši profesi. Cílem je poskytnout našim klientům požadované služby v manažerském poradenství. To může zahrnovat prezentaci profilu vybraného kandidáta klientovi během diskuse o konkrétní příležitosti pracovního uplatnění pro tohoto kandidáta, oslovení kandidáta s nabídkou konkrétní pracovní pozice, anebo ověření detailů z profilu daného kandidáta či hodnoceného manažera.

Jak dlouho osobní údaje ukládáme

Osobní údaje uchováváme po dobu nezbytně nutnou k dosažení účelu zpracování osobních údajů či po dobu, po kterou máme s kandidáty či dalšími manažery, s nimiž spolupracujeme v konkrétním projektu, přetrvávající vztah. Po splnění smluvních povinností, anebo po vypršení platnosti souhlasu se zpracováním dat, jsou osobní údaje smazány nebo anonymizovány.

Podrobné informace o podmínkách ochrany osobních údajů poskytovaných společnosti Bubenik Partners International SE jsou dostupné zde.

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Bubenik Partners is a leading executive search and management consulting firm in Central and Eastern Europe founded by Mr. Jan Bubeník in 2001.

Our professional reputation was built by working at the top levels of corporate management, placing senior executives across industries in companies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as globally.

Apart from executive search, we offer a range of management consulting services including outplacement, coaching, career counselling, on-boarding, tailor-made workshops, individual assessments, and management appraisals.

As a consulting company in contact with candidates and clients, we process a significant amount of personal data. All such data is managed solely in accordance with applicable legislation.

The Kind of Information We Collect

We collect basic personal information, such as academic title, name, date of birth, and information that is standardly part of the CV (education, previous job, professional experience, etc.) that you share with us. We also collect your contact information necessary for communication (telephone number, e-mail, etc.).

Where the Personal Data is Held

We keep personal data collected during our communication and cooperation with candidates in a secure database operated on our partner platform Not Actively Looking, which is accessed only by authorized Bubenik Partners employees.

Alternatively, we encourage candidates to create their own personal profile on the Not Actively Looking platform to share not only their CV, but also to what kind of personal information they share and what they tell us about their career history and career aspirations. The profile created in this way is managed and updated by each candidate.

How We Use Personal Data

The data is used in the usual course of our profession. The goal is to provide our clients with the required services, which may include presenting a profile to assess suitability for a particular job opportunity, contacting you for regarding a specific job position, or verifying details from your profile.

How Long We Store Personal Information

We will retain your personal data only for as long as the data is needed in connection with the purposes for which it is being collected and used and/or as long as we have an ongoing relationship with you or our client. After fulfilling all contractual obligations, Bubenik Partners deletes or anonymizes the data.

Detailed information about the conditions regulating the protection of personal data provided to Bubenik Partners International SE is available here.

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