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

According to Bubenik Partners, the 10 most interesting managerial changes in the first quarter of 2021 included the advancement of CEOs into the head of the leading Central European e-commerce platform, the largest lottery company and ambitious technology and consulting company. Our prestigious regular quarterly selection “The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business” encompassed among other the return of the Czech manager to the Board of Directors of the largest domestic car manufacturer and changes in the top positions at the largest regional betting operator as well as the local branch of a giant software corporation. The largest Czech bank and a globally operating producer of nonwovens with the European management based in the Czech Republic hired experienced managers for the newly created positions. 

The selection for the first quarter of 2021 represents an aggregated view of the market changes through the lenses of Bubenik Partners, a renowned consulting company, built on twenty years of experience with day-to-day operation among top managers in the Czech Republic. This is meant as a representative overview of the most essential developments on the highest levels of the Czech business within the past period.

“Many of our clients have used the situation to fill or relatively strengthen top management teams,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners. “Like any crisis, the current one is an opportunity for those who have the courage and self-confidence when others hesitate.”

Like last year, in the selection The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business” appear remarkable comebacks of successful Czech leaders from abroad: Martin Jahn returned to the Škoda Auto Board of Directors from his international engagements within the Volkswagen Group and Jan Hanuš returned from the Hungarian Telenor, the largest e-commerce group in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Another eye-catching change took place in Česká spořitelna, which became the first domestic bank to establish a new position of Chief Sustainability Officer. 

 

Eight top management changes in the first quarter of 2021 according to Bubenik Partners

(in alphabetical order) 

Mariann Forsström – in March, she took on the newly created position of Commercial Director EMEA of the leading Czech nonwovens manufacturer PFNonwovens ((for many years, she worked at the competing Finnish company Suominen, most recently as Vice President for global trade).

Jan Hanuš – since the beginning of the year, he has been heading the MALL Group, the largest e-commerce platform in Central and Eastern Europe (he came from Telenor, the third-largest mobile operator in Hungary).

Martin Jahn – in March, he joined the Board of Directors of Škoda Auto as its member responsible for sales and marketing; his predecessor Alain Favey was entrusted with other tasks in the Volkswagen Group (Martin Jahn has been with the Volkswagen Group for the last 12 years and served in Germany, Russia and China).

Vladimír Klein – in March, he took on the role of Group Chief Technology Officer of Central Europe’s largest betting operator, Fortuna Entertainment Group (he previously managed IT at CETIN, and in the past was involved in the agile transformation of Moneta Money Bank).

Miloš Nitran – Since February, he has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia (he joined the company back in 2008 and has held a number of roles since then; most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer in Central and Eastern Europe).

Matúš Púll – Starting March, he has moved to the newly created position of Chief Sustainability Officer at Česká spořitelna. In the position directly reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tomáš Salomon, his task will be to manage and coordinate both the bank’s internal and external activities, so that the institution becomes a key player in shaping sustainable development in the Czech Republic (Matúš Púll has been with Spořitelna since 2007, before which he went through a number of large banks such as Citibank and GE Money Bank).

Pavel Riegger – At the beginning of this year, he became Executive Director of the technology and consulting company Trask. He replaced his predecessor Filip Tománek, who moved to the position of Operations Director and will take care of the internal operation of the company and its preparation for the planned growth and expansion (Pavel Riegger took up the baton for Trask after sixteen years spent in the consulting company EY).

Aleš Veselý – Since February, he has been the CEO of the lottery company Sazka a.s. He replaced Robert Chvátal, who became Chairman of the Board of Sazka and is fully involved in the management of the international lottery group Sazka Group (Aleš Veselý has been with the company since 2013 as Marketing Director, the last three years also as Deputy CEO).

 

 

 

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

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

According to Bubenik Partners, the 10 most interesting managerial changes in the first quarter of 2021 included the advancement of CEOs into the head of the leading Central European e-commerce platform, the largest lottery company and ambitious technology and consulting company. Our prestigious regular quarterly selection “The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business” encompassed among other the return of the Czech manager to the Board of Directors of the largest domestic car manufacturer and changes in the top positions at the largest regional betting operator as well as the local branch of a giant software corporation. The largest Czech bank and a globally operating producer of nonwovens with the European management based in the Czech Republic hired experienced managers for the newly created positions. 

The selection for the first quarter of 2021 represents an aggregated view of the market changes through the lenses of Bubenik Partners, a renowned consulting company, built on twenty years of experience with day-to-day operation among top managers in the Czech Republic. This is meant as a representative overview of the most essential developments on the highest levels of the Czech business within the past period.

“Many of our clients have used the situation to fill or relatively strengthen top management teams,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners. “Like any crisis, the current one is an opportunity for those who have the courage and self-confidence when others hesitate.”

Like last year, in the selection The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business” appear remarkable comebacks of successful Czech leaders from abroad: Martin Jahn returned to the Škoda Auto Board of Directors from his international engagements within the Volkswagen Group and Jan Hanuš returned from the Hungarian Telenor, the largest e-commerce group in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Another eye-catching change took place in Česká spořitelna, which became the first domestic bank to establish a new position of Chief Sustainability Officer. 

 

Eight top management changes in the first quarter of 2021 according to Bubenik Partners

(in alphabetical order) 

Mariann Forsström – in March, she took on the newly created position of Commercial Director EMEA of the leading Czech nonwovens manufacturer PFNonwovens ((for many years, she worked at the competing Finnish company Suominen, most recently as Vice President for global trade).

Jan Hanuš – since the beginning of the year, he has been heading the MALL Group, the largest e-commerce platform in Central and Eastern Europe (he came from Telenor, the third-largest mobile operator in Hungary).

Martin Jahn – in March, he joined the Board of Directors of Škoda Auto as its member responsible for sales and marketing; his predecessor Alain Favey was entrusted with other tasks in the Volkswagen Group (Martin Jahn has been with the Volkswagen Group for the last 12 years and served in Germany, Russia and China).

Vladimír Klein – in March, he took on the role of Group Chief Technology Officer of Central Europe’s largest betting operator, Fortuna Entertainment Group (he previously managed IT at CETIN, and in the past was involved in the agile transformation of Moneta Money Bank).

Miloš Nitran – Since February, he has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia (he joined the company back in 2008 and has held a number of roles since then; most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer in Central and Eastern Europe).

Matúš Púll – Starting March, he has moved to the newly created position of Chief Sustainability Officer at Česká spořitelna. In the position directly reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tomáš Salomon, his task will be to manage and coordinate both the bank’s internal and external activities, so that the institution becomes a key player in shaping sustainable development in the Czech Republic (Matúš Púll has been with Spořitelna since 2007, before which he went through a number of large banks such as Citibank and GE Money Bank).

Pavel Riegger – At the beginning of this year, he became Executive Director of the technology and consulting company Trask. He replaced his predecessor Filip Tománek, who moved to the position of Operations Director and will take care of the internal operation of the company and its preparation for the planned growth and expansion (Pavel Riegger took up the baton for Trask after sixteen years spent in the consulting company EY).

Aleš Veselý – Since February, he has been the CEO of the lottery company Sazka a.s. He replaced Robert Chvátal, who became Chairman of the Board of Sazka and is fully involved in the management of the international lottery group Sazka Group (Aleš Veselý has been with the company since 2013 as Marketing Director, the last three years also as Deputy CEO).

 

 

 

Bubenik Partners helps finding a CEO and COO for Vlček Family Foundation

Vlček Family Foundation is looking for a strategically-minded person as CEO and, as a natural partner in the leading tandem, also a capable COO. At Bubeník Partners, we are proud to be helping Ondřej Vlček find these experts.

The CEO will co-determine the priorities for the further development of the foundation and participate in co-creating a system that helps change the fate of many families. This will involve negotiations at many levels, from professional ones related to reimbursement for medical and social care, through business to political.

In addition to the operational management of the foundation, the COO will daily supervise the work of architects, builders and officials in the restoration of the historic Cibulka homestead in Košíře, Prague – and also work with various communities and the general public.

DOWNLOAD THE JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Do you have many years of experience in big business or from a top role in a private, public or non-profit institution?
  • Are you motivated by more than just making money? Do you want to spend your time working towards meaningful and tangible results?
  • Do you have the desire and energy to co-create a unique project and contribute to purposeful things with a concrete and visible impact on the fate of many families?

Are you attracted to one of these “dream jobs”? Send your CV and cover letter to jobs@nrv.org 

We guarantee that you will wake up every morning with the feeling that you are doing work that really matters and that helps change the lives of real people every day.

 

 

 

Bubenik Partners helps finding a CEO and COO for Vlček Family Foundation

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Bubenik Partners helps finding a CEO and COO for Vlček Family Foundation

Vlček Family Foundation is looking for a strategically-minded person as CEO and, as a natural partner in the leading tandem, also a capable COO. At Bubeník Partners, we are proud to be helping Ondřej Vlček find these experts.

The CEO will co-determine the priorities for the further development of the foundation and participate in co-creating a system that helps change the fate of many families. This will involve negotiations at many levels, from professional ones related to reimbursement for medical and social care, through business to political.

In addition to the operational management of the foundation, the COO will daily supervise the work of architects, builders and officials in the restoration of the historic Cibulka homestead in Košíře, Prague – and also work with various communities and the general public.

DOWNLOAD THE JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Do you have many years of experience in big business or from a top role in a private, public or non-profit institution?
  • Are you motivated by more than just making money? Do you want to spend your time working towards meaningful and tangible results?
  • Do you have the desire and energy to co-create a unique project and contribute to purposeful things with a concrete and visible impact on the fate of many families?

Are you attracted to one of these “dream jobs”? Send your CV and cover letter to jobs@nrv.org 

We guarantee that you will wake up every morning with the feeling that you are doing work that really matters and that helps change the lives of real people every day.

 

 

 

Webinar by She Loves Data

2020 was an unprecedented year. Despite its challenges, it has taught us a lot about the importance of adaptability.

Three speakers including the founding partner of Bubenik Partners, Jan Bubenik, help us reflect on our learnings and optimize for a new year. They share their expert analysis of the effects of the global pandemic -and what that means for our labor market.
We invite you to watch the recording of the online webinar, where you will gain a unique insight into overcoming modern challenges and identifying emerging trends so you can thrive in our new normal.

In this webinar, the experts will discuss topics such as:
– How the pandemic has affected the Czech & Slovak labor markets
– What market trends have emerged due to Covid 19 & how we can optimize our approach
– Which job profiles have emerged due to this pandemic -and which have become obsolete
– How has diversity in the IT sector been affected
– How the interview process has evolved; face to face vs. all digital

Please note: This webinar is in Czech language.

WATCH HERE

 

Speakers

Jan Bubeník

Managing partner @Bubenik Partners

In 2001, Jan Bubeník founded Bubenik Partners, an executive search firm that focuses on the Central & Eastern European region and today serves as its managing partner. Bubenik Partner’s client base spans early-stage regional companies to global Fortune 500s. Jan was Chairman of the Corporate Council of Forum 2000–Vaclav Havel´s foundation.  Jan has also been serving on the Executive Committee of Young President Organization (YPO). Jan was one of the principal student leaders of the dissident movement and later served as the youngest Member of Parliament in the first post-Communist government. He has served as an advisor to several human rights and pro-Democracy organizations in Bulgaria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Cuba, and, as a result of his efforts to support Cuban dissidents in 2001 during a visit to Cuba; Bubeník was detained and jailed by Castro’s regime. He studied pediatrics at Prague’s Charles University Medical School, economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Renata Mrázová

Chief People Officer @Home Credit International

Renata Mrazova studied at the University of Economics, Prague, specializing in Economics and Commerce. Renata began her career in 1995 in the Swedish pharmaceutical company Astra where she had gone through several positions within Finance and HR. In June 2000 Renata joined ING Group as CFO CZ&SK (currently NN Group). In 2005 Renata decided to accept the offer to establish Direct Insurance Company at a “Greenfield”, where she, in the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board operated until July 2007. In the next period, she devoted herself to her family and family business. In September of 2009, she returned to the ING Group and worked as CFO again. At the end of 2010, she has become CEO NN Group for Czech and Slovak republics. As of August 2015, she moved to The Netherlands at the position of Global Head of HR of NN Group in The Hague. In 2019 she moved back to Czechia where she joined Home Credit International, a.s., as Chief People Officer. Renata is a proud mother of 2 daughters and is married.

 

Tereza Müllerová

COO @StartupJobs.cz

Tereza Müllerová has a great overview of what is happening in the startup world, thanks to which she can help companies to find the best candidates. Tereza is Chief Operations Officer in the StartupJobs and is the right hand of the founder and CEO Filip Mikschik. She is also fully responsible for the fulfillment of the business plan. At the same time, she takes care of employees and daily operations. She also spends a lot of time with customers, whom she can help to create the best job offers and can advise how to hire the best employees. She receives loads of advertisements every day, thanks to which she has a unique opportunity to follow current HR trends. Tereza graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Personnel Management in Industrial Enterprises at the Czech Technical University. Subsequently, she completed a master’s degree in Project Management of Regional Projects.

 

 

 

How has the pandemic changed the Czech and Slovak labor markets and what should we do to prepare for these changes in 2021?

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Webinar by She Loves Data

2020 was an unprecedented year. Despite its challenges, it has taught us a lot about the importance of adaptability.

Three speakers including the founding partner of Bubenik Partners, Jan Bubenik, help us reflect on our learnings and optimize for a new year. They share their expert analysis of the effects of the global pandemic -and what that means for our labor market.
We invite you to watch the recording of the online webinar, where you will gain a unique insight into overcoming modern challenges and identifying emerging trends so you can thrive in our new normal.

In this webinar, the experts will discuss topics such as:
– How the pandemic has affected the Czech & Slovak labor markets
– What market trends have emerged due to Covid 19 & how we can optimize our approach
– Which job profiles have emerged due to this pandemic -and which have become obsolete
– How has diversity in the IT sector been affected
– How the interview process has evolved; face to face vs. all digital

Please note: This webinar is in Czech language.

WATCH HERE

 

Speakers

Jan Bubeník

Managing partner @Bubenik Partners

In 2001, Jan Bubeník founded Bubenik Partners, an executive search firm that focuses on the Central & Eastern European region and today serves as its managing partner. Bubenik Partner’s client base spans early-stage regional companies to global Fortune 500s. Jan was Chairman of the Corporate Council of Forum 2000–Vaclav Havel´s foundation.  Jan has also been serving on the Executive Committee of Young President Organization (YPO). Jan was one of the principal student leaders of the dissident movement and later served as the youngest Member of Parliament in the first post-Communist government. He has served as an advisor to several human rights and pro-Democracy organizations in Bulgaria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Cuba, and, as a result of his efforts to support Cuban dissidents in 2001 during a visit to Cuba; Bubeník was detained and jailed by Castro’s regime. He studied pediatrics at Prague’s Charles University Medical School, economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Renata Mrázová

Chief People Officer @Home Credit International

Renata Mrazova studied at the University of Economics, Prague, specializing in Economics and Commerce. Renata began her career in 1995 in the Swedish pharmaceutical company Astra where she had gone through several positions within Finance and HR. In June 2000 Renata joined ING Group as CFO CZ&SK (currently NN Group). In 2005 Renata decided to accept the offer to establish Direct Insurance Company at a “Greenfield”, where she, in the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board operated until July 2007. In the next period, she devoted herself to her family and family business. In September of 2009, she returned to the ING Group and worked as CFO again. At the end of 2010, she has become CEO NN Group for Czech and Slovak republics. As of August 2015, she moved to The Netherlands at the position of Global Head of HR of NN Group in The Hague. In 2019 she moved back to Czechia where she joined Home Credit International, a.s., as Chief People Officer. Renata is a proud mother of 2 daughters and is married.

 

Tereza Müllerová

COO @StartupJobs.cz

Tereza Müllerová has a great overview of what is happening in the startup world, thanks to which she can help companies to find the best candidates. Tereza is Chief Operations Officer in the StartupJobs and is the right hand of the founder and CEO Filip Mikschik. She is also fully responsible for the fulfillment of the business plan. At the same time, she takes care of employees and daily operations. She also spends a lot of time with customers, whom she can help to create the best job offers and can advise how to hire the best employees. She receives loads of advertisements every day, thanks to which she has a unique opportunity to follow current HR trends. Tereza graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Personnel Management in Industrial Enterprises at the Czech Technical University. Subsequently, she completed a master’s degree in Project Management of Regional Projects.

 

 

 

The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business in the Fourth Quarter of 2020

According to Bubenik Partners, the most significant managerial changes in the fourth quarter of 2020 included changes of CEOs at one of the major firearms manufacturers, in the Czech branches of an elevator supplier, a global security solutions agency, and a cash management company. 

Among other attention-catching changes were returns of managers from their foreign engagements – to the operator of a leading online comparison platform and an innovative technology company. Our prestigious quarterly selection “Movers and shakers at the forefront of the Czech business” also comprised the accedence of a woman as a head of the banking association and shifts in the top management of the global leader in digital security. 

The “Top 8” selection for the fourth quarter of 2020 represents an aggregated view of the developments on the market through the lens of Bubenik Partners, a renowned consulting company, which is building on twenty years of day-to-day operation experience with top managers in the Czech Republic. It is a comprehensive and representative selection of the most important occurrences at the forefront of the Czech business over the past period. 

While the top ten most significant changes were announced for every quarter of the last year, selection of the fourth quarter was narrowed down to “Top 8”. 

In the past three months, there were demonstrably fewer changes in the top management compared to previous quarters. In our view, this is due to a combination of two factors: seasonal downturn as appointments agreed before the end of the year are traditionally postponed to January and increased uncertainty in the business sphere,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners, 

 

The movers and shakers at the forefront of the Czech business in the fourth quarter 2020 

(in alphabetical order) 

Pavel Adamovský – General Manager of the security agency SECURITAS Czech Republic (he took up the baton for the agency as its Country Executive Officer in November, after having previously spent 14 years at UPS, where he managed branches in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, PolandRussia, and Belarus). 

Branislav Baláž – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Schindler CZ, a.s. – a Czech branch of the world leading elevator supplier (he joined the company back in 2018 as Business Area Director for New installations in the South and Eastern Europe after both national and international engagements at companies such as Hilti, GoodYear and KONE). 

Jaroslav Gaisler – General Manager of the online comparison platform Srovnejto.cz (he took over the firm owned by Bauer Media Group in November, after years spent abroad. Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of Home Credit International in Indonesia).  

Olivier Maurice – Country President for the Czech and Slovak Republics at Loomis (he joined the company specializing in cash management in November after over 20 years spent in the manufacturing sector in the Czech Republic and Asia). 

Lukáš Raška – In October, he assumed a newly created role of the Chief Commercial Officer at technology company Livesport (he spent nearly seven years as Chief Operating Officer for the Asia-Pacific markets at anti-virus company ESET; previously, he had also worked for AVG Technology and Dell). 

Miroslav Umlauf – Starting October is a Chief Data Officer at Avastthe world leader in digital security and privacy protection (he has been with Avast, resp. with AVG Technologies, which Avast took over back in 2016, for more than 10 years). 

Monika Zahálková – In November she became Executive Director of the Czech Banking Association, which associates banks and building societies operating on the Czech market (in her new role, she will apply more than twenty years of experience in the Corporate Governance area; from 2001 she served as Executive Director of Czech Institute of Directors). 

Jan Zajíc – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Česká zbrojovka, a. s., one of the major European firearms manufacturers (he served in the firm since 2019 as Chief Financial Officerpreviously he worked in various managerial roles at industrial companies both in the Czech Republic and internationally). 

 

 

The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business in the Fourth Quarter of 2020

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The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business in the Fourth Quarter of 2020

According to Bubenik Partners, the most significant managerial changes in the fourth quarter of 2020 included changes of CEOs at one of the major firearms manufacturers, in the Czech branches of an elevator supplier, a global security solutions agency, and a cash management company. 

Among other attention-catching changes were returns of managers from their foreign engagements – to the operator of a leading online comparison platform and an innovative technology company. Our prestigious quarterly selection “Movers and shakers at the forefront of the Czech business” also comprised the accedence of a woman as a head of the banking association and shifts in the top management of the global leader in digital security. 

The “Top 8” selection for the fourth quarter of 2020 represents an aggregated view of the developments on the market through the lens of Bubenik Partners, a renowned consulting company, which is building on twenty years of day-to-day operation experience with top managers in the Czech Republic. It is a comprehensive and representative selection of the most important occurrences at the forefront of the Czech business over the past period. 

While the top ten most significant changes were announced for every quarter of the last year, selection of the fourth quarter was narrowed down to “Top 8”. 

In the past three months, there were demonstrably fewer changes in the top management compared to previous quarters. In our view, this is due to a combination of two factors: seasonal downturn as appointments agreed before the end of the year are traditionally postponed to January and increased uncertainty in the business sphere,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners, 

 

The movers and shakers at the forefront of the Czech business in the fourth quarter 2020 

(in alphabetical order) 

Pavel Adamovský – General Manager of the security agency SECURITAS Czech Republic (he took up the baton for the agency as its Country Executive Officer in November, after having previously spent 14 years at UPS, where he managed branches in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, PolandRussia, and Belarus). 

Branislav Baláž – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Schindler CZ, a.s. – a Czech branch of the world leading elevator supplier (he joined the company back in 2018 as Business Area Director for New installations in the South and Eastern Europe after both national and international engagements at companies such as Hilti, GoodYear and KONE). 

Jaroslav Gaisler – General Manager of the online comparison platform Srovnejto.cz (he took over the firm owned by Bauer Media Group in November, after years spent abroad. Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of Home Credit International in Indonesia).  

Olivier Maurice – Country President for the Czech and Slovak Republics at Loomis (he joined the company specializing in cash management in November after over 20 years spent in the manufacturing sector in the Czech Republic and Asia). 

Lukáš Raška – In October, he assumed a newly created role of the Chief Commercial Officer at technology company Livesport (he spent nearly seven years as Chief Operating Officer for the Asia-Pacific markets at anti-virus company ESET; previously, he had also worked for AVG Technology and Dell). 

Miroslav Umlauf – Starting October is a Chief Data Officer at Avastthe world leader in digital security and privacy protection (he has been with Avast, resp. with AVG Technologies, which Avast took over back in 2016, for more than 10 years). 

Monika Zahálková – In November she became Executive Director of the Czech Banking Association, which associates banks and building societies operating on the Czech market (in her new role, she will apply more than twenty years of experience in the Corporate Governance area; from 2001 she served as Executive Director of Czech Institute of Directors). 

Jan Zajíc – Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Česká zbrojovka, a. s., one of the major European firearms manufacturers (he served in the firm since 2019 as Chief Financial Officerpreviously he worked in various managerial roles at industrial companies both in the Czech Republic and internationally). 

 

 

For a Good Boss, People Will Go to Hell

“There are big changes happening in the market. Successful projects like Rohlík are speedily hiring. Decimated companies are waiting for a decision on who to get rid of. They’re postponing it for now. ‘If they don’t start now, they will lose,’ says headhunter Jan Bubeník.”

Read more and watch the interview (in Czech) at Seznam Zprávy.

For a Good Boss, People Will Go to Hell (2020)

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For a Good Boss, People Will Go to Hell

“There are big changes happening in the market. Successful projects like Rohlík are speedily hiring. Decimated companies are waiting for a decision on who to get rid of. They’re postponing it for now. ‘If they don’t start now, they will lose,’ says headhunter Jan Bubeník.”

Read more and watch the interview (in Czech) at Seznam Zprávy.

Guide on Where to Find a Mentor

No one has it all figured out. No matter our occupation or status, sometimes all of us could use a little guidance and inspiration from another person. One way to do that is through the concept of mentoring. Having a mentor offers to enhance your personal development for little or no cost at all. Let’s explore English-speaking programs and platforms where a working adult can find a mentor.

Check with Your Employer

“Mentoring programs are very popular now. I feel that mentoring is really the resource that could be tapped into by every company. It doesn’t cost much money and it helps people. It creates a better company atmosphere and people feel cared about.” – Kristin LaRonca Parpel, Executive Coach and Consultant

If you work for a successful, established company, the chances are that they provide some type of mentoring program for their employees. Ask your boss or the HR department how you can get involved.

Examples of companies in Czechia with internal mentoring programs: Avast; Coca Cola; Česká spořitelna; ČEZ; Heineken; IBM; Innogy; Net4Gas… and many others.

Mentoring Programs in Prague

Prague English speaking mentoring programs are targeting specific business areas or genders. To be precise, one program in our selection is focused on start-up owners and the other three only accept women as mentees. If that doesn’t apply to you, feel free to skip to the next section.

1.Ment2Grow

Ment2Grow is a mentoring program for B2B start-ups organized by the British Chamber of Commerce. “The ideal applicant for the program is a B2B start-up in an advanced stage of development – a company with a high level of motivation and ambition to take its business to the next stage.” This program is free of charge.

2.Equilibrium

Another mentoring program under the auspices of BCC, and free of charge. Equilibrium is focused on supporting women in business. “The main goal is to encourage women in business and management positions, and also to provide support for those women returning to work after an extended period of time, or for those who just want to restart their career.”

3.Femme Palette

Femme Palette offers various mentoring programs for women. You can explore your career options, get advice on how to grow your business or sign up for a program focused on developing specific skills for Marketing, IT, HR or Design. Price of the program: 6,000 CZK.

4.My Odyssey

Odyssey is “the first CEE cross-company mentoring program, where top executives volunteer their time to help talented women in business, non-profit organizations or the public sector, grow personally and professionally. The objective of the program is to help these women reach their true potential.” Price of the program: 6,000 CZK.

Online Mentoring Platforms

Another option to look for a mentor is the numerous platforms that offer to connect you with a person you can bounce your ideas off of. No matter what your professional goals are, there is a program out there that promises to provide you with some inspiration. Check out these 5 mentoring platforms that we selected for you:

1.Find a Mentor

This free self-service tool matches mentees with mentors. When you join, you can build a profile and search the database to find a mentor who has common interests. In addition to one-on-one mentorships, members can also build a group to brainstorm and learn from peers.

2.MENTEE

Mentoring, Networking and Training for European Entrepreneurs is an EU co-funded project under the Erasmus + Programme of the European Commission. It’s addressing firstly new entrepreneurs who participated in the European Commission’s Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program, but also other aspiring entrepreneurs.

3.Mentor Makers

Mentor Makers is a movement to inspire successful business leaders from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds to offer their time and expertise as mentors in support of entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.

4.MentorCity

This cloud-based mentor-matching service provides mentors for businesses, students, nonprofit organizations, and any individuals who are interested in finding a mentor. Mentees can use a free online registry to find the perfect mentor to meet their needs based on skills, industry, job function, experience, gender, location, and language.

5.SCORE

SCORE specializes in helping small businesses, providing a variety of tools. One of its biggest benefits is its mentor network, which attracts a large number of highly-qualified volunteers. Mentors are available in dozens of different industries, ensuring mentees can find the partners they need to succeed.

Reach out yourself

Haven’t found a program that matches your needs? Then defining what you want in a mentor and reaching out by yourself is another way to find a mentor in someone you truly admire. Some good places to have in mind when considering your potential mentor are:

1.Your existing professional circle

“First, it’s critical to know that, to find great mentors, you don’t want to reach out to strangers. That’s not how you’ll find them.” – Kathy Caprino, Senior Contributor, Forbes

Try to look for a mentor among people who you already know and, most importantly, who already know you professionally, trust you and believe in your potential. What to do if there isn’t such a person in your circle? Reach out and build the connection first.

“Don’t ask for mentorship, but follow their work, and be helpful and supportive. Give, and give more.” – Kathy Caprino, Senior Contributor, Forbes

2.Networking events

3.Industry meet-ups and conferences

4.LinkedIn key-word-search

5….or search any other Social Media

If you feel that this is the way you wanna go but aren’t sure how to do it, there are some great articles that lead you through the process. Try: How to Find (and Keep) a Mentor in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

Here’s to a Successful Search!

This list surely isn’t an exhaustive catalog of English-speaking mentoring opportunities for a working adult. Hopefully, though, it provides enough inspiration to get you started in your search for a mentor. Let us know if you miss some programs or platforms that you find worth mentioning and exploring. We would be happy to add them to the list – you can contact our Research & Knowledge Associate and author of this article Tereza Vichová.

Originally published November 4th, 2020: Prague-Expat-Friendly Guide on Where to Find a Mentor.

 

 

Guide on Where to Find a Mentor (2020)

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Guide on Where to Find a Mentor

No one has it all figured out. No matter our occupation or status, sometimes all of us could use a little guidance and inspiration from another person. One way to do that is through the concept of mentoring. Having a mentor offers to enhance your personal development for little or no cost at all. Let’s explore English-speaking programs and platforms where a working adult can find a mentor.

Check with Your Employer

“Mentoring programs are very popular now. I feel that mentoring is really the resource that could be tapped into by every company. It doesn’t cost much money and it helps people. It creates a better company atmosphere and people feel cared about.” – Kristin LaRonca Parpel, Executive Coach and Consultant

If you work for a successful, established company, the chances are that they provide some type of mentoring program for their employees. Ask your boss or the HR department how you can get involved.

Examples of companies in Czechia with internal mentoring programs: Avast; Coca Cola; Česká spořitelna; ČEZ; Heineken; IBM; Innogy; Net4Gas… and many others.

Mentoring Programs in Prague

Prague English speaking mentoring programs are targeting specific business areas or genders. To be precise, one program in our selection is focused on start-up owners and the other three only accept women as mentees. If that doesn’t apply to you, feel free to skip to the next section.

1.Ment2Grow

Ment2Grow is a mentoring program for B2B start-ups organized by the British Chamber of Commerce. “The ideal applicant for the program is a B2B start-up in an advanced stage of development – a company with a high level of motivation and ambition to take its business to the next stage.” This program is free of charge.

2.Equilibrium

Another mentoring program under the auspices of BCC, and free of charge. Equilibrium is focused on supporting women in business. “The main goal is to encourage women in business and management positions, and also to provide support for those women returning to work after an extended period of time, or for those who just want to restart their career.”

3.Femme Palette

Femme Palette offers various mentoring programs for women. You can explore your career options, get advice on how to grow your business or sign up for a program focused on developing specific skills for Marketing, IT, HR or Design. Price of the program: 6,000 CZK.

4.My Odyssey

Odyssey is “the first CEE cross-company mentoring program, where top executives volunteer their time to help talented women in business, non-profit organizations or the public sector, grow personally and professionally. The objective of the program is to help these women reach their true potential.” Price of the program: 6,000 CZK.

Online Mentoring Platforms

Another option to look for a mentor is the numerous platforms that offer to connect you with a person you can bounce your ideas off of. No matter what your professional goals are, there is a program out there that promises to provide you with some inspiration. Check out these 5 mentoring platforms that we selected for you:

1.Find a Mentor

This free self-service tool matches mentees with mentors. When you join, you can build a profile and search the database to find a mentor who has common interests. In addition to one-on-one mentorships, members can also build a group to brainstorm and learn from peers.

2.MENTEE

Mentoring, Networking and Training for European Entrepreneurs is an EU co-funded project under the Erasmus + Programme of the European Commission. It’s addressing firstly new entrepreneurs who participated in the European Commission’s Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program, but also other aspiring entrepreneurs.

3.Mentor Makers

Mentor Makers is a movement to inspire successful business leaders from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds to offer their time and expertise as mentors in support of entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.

4.MentorCity

This cloud-based mentor-matching service provides mentors for businesses, students, nonprofit organizations, and any individuals who are interested in finding a mentor. Mentees can use a free online registry to find the perfect mentor to meet their needs based on skills, industry, job function, experience, gender, location, and language.

5.SCORE

SCORE specializes in helping small businesses, providing a variety of tools. One of its biggest benefits is its mentor network, which attracts a large number of highly-qualified volunteers. Mentors are available in dozens of different industries, ensuring mentees can find the partners they need to succeed.

Reach out yourself

Haven’t found a program that matches your needs? Then defining what you want in a mentor and reaching out by yourself is another way to find a mentor in someone you truly admire. Some good places to have in mind when considering your potential mentor are:

1.Your existing professional circle

“First, it’s critical to know that, to find great mentors, you don’t want to reach out to strangers. That’s not how you’ll find them.” – Kathy Caprino, Senior Contributor, Forbes

Try to look for a mentor among people who you already know and, most importantly, who already know you professionally, trust you and believe in your potential. What to do if there isn’t such a person in your circle? Reach out and build the connection first.

“Don’t ask for mentorship, but follow their work, and be helpful and supportive. Give, and give more.” – Kathy Caprino, Senior Contributor, Forbes

2.Networking events

3.Industry meet-ups and conferences

4.LinkedIn key-word-search

5….or search any other Social Media

If you feel that this is the way you wanna go but aren’t sure how to do it, there are some great articles that lead you through the process. Try: How to Find (and Keep) a Mentor in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

Here’s to a Successful Search!

This list surely isn’t an exhaustive catalog of English-speaking mentoring opportunities for a working adult. Hopefully, though, it provides enough inspiration to get you started in your search for a mentor. Let us know if you miss some programs or platforms that you find worth mentioning and exploring. We would be happy to add them to the list – you can contact our Research & Knowledge Associate and author of this article Tereza Vichová.

Originally published November 4th, 2020: Prague-Expat-Friendly Guide on Where to Find a Mentor.

 

 

The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business in the Third Quarter of 2020

The 10 most significant managerial changes in the Czech Republic in the third quarter of 2020 included leadership change at the country’s largest company, change at the domestic branch of a giant computer manufacturer, as well as returns of Czech managers from their foreign engagements – to take the lead of a building society, the operator of the largest telecommunications network, or the new division of a globally operating glass company.

Among other notable changes, according to Bubenik Partners, was the rotation of two women in the leadership position with a mobile operator and the introduction of new faces to the management of Prague Airport, a regional think tank and an expanding online supermarket. The transfer of the Czech CFO to a regional role at one of the world’s leading confectionery producers also attracted our attention as one of the “Top 10” managerial moves in our regular quarterly selection of “The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business “.


“As managerial shifts in the past quarter reflect decisions made during this spring and summer, it is clear that many leadership changes, as well as motivations, may have been accelerated by considerations reflecting the new economic reality amid the pandemic,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners.


Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at Bubenik Partners, said the third quarter confirmed the trend that one generation of seasoned Czech managers had been returning from foreign engagements, usually in the world’s largest corporations. Those returns accounted for four out of the “Top 10” managerial changes in the past quarter.

The third quarter also highlighted two other trends perceived this year: First, e-commerce – and especially the ultra-dynamic online retail industry – keep attracting top talent. The rapidly expanding online supermarket Rohlík thus gained valuable reinforcement for its top management by hiring Petr Pavlík, who had previously worked in the country’s management of the Albert chain. Secondly, companies value the contribution of women in leadership positions – a new woman, Veronika Brázdilová, will take a seat among the men in Vodafone’s top management.


Top Ten Management Changes in the Third Quarter of 2020 According to Bubenik Partners

(in alphabetical order) 

Veronika Brázdilová – Director Commercial Operations at Vodafone Czech Republic (previously worked six years in the role of General Manager for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary in Xerox)

Roman Cabálek – General Manager for the Czech Republic at Dell Technologies (returning to the executive position after a five-year engagement as an independent mentor, coach and management consultant; until 2014, he had worked 15 years for Microsoft, the last three as General Manager for the Czech subsidiary)

Pavel Čejka – Chairman of the Board at Raiffeisen Building Society (before that, held the position of COO and member of the top management for international services at Société Générale and prior to that he had been a member of the board and CFO of the Komerční banka)

Jiří Jaroš – General Manager of the new Glass for Architecture Division at Lasvit (previously spent a year in Hong Kong as Deputy Regional Executive Manager for Asian countries at consumer finance group Home Credit International)

Petr Pavlík – CEO for the Czech business of the online supermarket Rohlík (prior to joining the company worked four years in the top management of the supermarket chain Albert; before that he led distillery Stock Plzeň-Božkov)

Jakub Puchalský – Member of the Prague Airport Board responsible for aviation and non-aviation business, corporate and marketing communication departments (steps up to the Board from the position of Non-Aviation Business Department Executive Director)

Thomas Schäfer – Chairman of the Board at Škoda Auto (previously served as Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, responsible for the development of the Group brands in the sub-Saharan Africa region)

Martin Škop – CEO at Cetin a.s. (in his last role served as the executive VP for infrastructure development for the Russian operator Beeline and also held a position of Chairman of the Board of the Russian infrastructure company NTC)

Milan Vašina – Executive Director of Aspen Institute Central Europe (takes on the role after spending most of his professional career in telecommunications; between 2011-2018 he served as CEO at T-Mobile Czech Republic)

Jan Záhumenský – CFO for Central Europe Mars (previously held the position of CFO of the Austrian branch of Mars Multisales; in the new role he will be responsible for financial management in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania)

 

 

The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business in the Third Quarter of 2020

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The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business in the Third Quarter of 2020

The 10 most significant managerial changes in the Czech Republic in the third quarter of 2020 included leadership change at the country’s largest company, change at the domestic branch of a giant computer manufacturer, as well as returns of Czech managers from their foreign engagements – to take the lead of a building society, the operator of the largest telecommunications network, or the new division of a globally operating glass company.

Among other notable changes, according to Bubenik Partners, was the rotation of two women in the leadership position with a mobile operator and the introduction of new faces to the management of Prague Airport, a regional think tank and an expanding online supermarket. The transfer of the Czech CFO to a regional role at one of the world’s leading confectionery producers also attracted our attention as one of the “Top 10” managerial moves in our regular quarterly selection of “The Movers and Shakers at the Top of Czech Business “.


“As managerial shifts in the past quarter reflect decisions made during this spring and summer, it is clear that many leadership changes, as well as motivations, may have been accelerated by considerations reflecting the new economic reality amid the pandemic,” said Jan Bubeník, founder and managing partner of Bubenik Partners.


Marek Petruš, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at Bubenik Partners, said the third quarter confirmed the trend that one generation of seasoned Czech managers had been returning from foreign engagements, usually in the world’s largest corporations. Those returns accounted for four out of the “Top 10” managerial changes in the past quarter.

The third quarter also highlighted two other trends perceived this year: First, e-commerce – and especially the ultra-dynamic online retail industry – keep attracting top talent. The rapidly expanding online supermarket Rohlík thus gained valuable reinforcement for its top management by hiring Petr Pavlík, who had previously worked in the country’s management of the Albert chain. Secondly, companies value the contribution of women in leadership positions – a new woman, Veronika Brázdilová, will take a seat among the men in Vodafone’s top management.


Top Ten Management Changes in the Third Quarter of 2020 According to Bubenik Partners

(in alphabetical order) 

Veronika Brázdilová – Director Commercial Operations at Vodafone Czech Republic (previously worked six years in the role of General Manager for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary in Xerox)

Roman Cabálek – General Manager for the Czech Republic at Dell Technologies (returning to the executive position after a five-year engagement as an independent mentor, coach and management consultant; until 2014, he had worked 15 years for Microsoft, the last three as General Manager for the Czech subsidiary)

Pavel Čejka – Chairman of the Board at Raiffeisen Building Society (before that, held the position of COO and member of the top management for international services at Société Générale and prior to that he had been a member of the board and CFO of the Komerční banka)

Jiří Jaroš – General Manager of the new Glass for Architecture Division at Lasvit (previously spent a year in Hong Kong as Deputy Regional Executive Manager for Asian countries at consumer finance group Home Credit International)

Petr Pavlík – CEO for the Czech business of the online supermarket Rohlík (prior to joining the company worked four years in the top management of the supermarket chain Albert; before that he led distillery Stock Plzeň-Božkov)

Jakub Puchalský – Member of the Prague Airport Board responsible for aviation and non-aviation business, corporate and marketing communication departments (steps up to the Board from the position of Non-Aviation Business Department Executive Director)

Thomas Schäfer – Chairman of the Board at Škoda Auto (previously served as Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, responsible for the development of the Group brands in the sub-Saharan Africa region)

Martin Škop – CEO at Cetin a.s. (in his last role served as the executive VP for infrastructure development for the Russian operator Beeline and also held a position of Chairman of the Board of the Russian infrastructure company NTC)

Milan Vašina – Executive Director of Aspen Institute Central Europe (takes on the role after spending most of his professional career in telecommunications; between 2011-2018 he served as CEO at T-Mobile Czech Republic)

Jan Záhumenský – CFO for Central Europe Mars (previously held the position of CFO of the Austrian branch of Mars Multisales; in the new role he will be responsible for financial management in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania)

 

 

Global CEO Search by Bubenik Partners Profiled at Leading Industry News Site

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.

 

 

Global CEO Search by Bubenik Partners Profiled at Leading Industry News Site (2020)

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Global CEO Search by Bubenik Partners Profiled at Leading Industry News Site

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.

 

 

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

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

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.

 

 

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

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

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).

 

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

“‘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)

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

“‘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)

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

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

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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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

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

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.

 

 

3 Conclusions on the Choice of Internal vs External Candidates

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.

 

3 Conclusions on the Choice of Internal vs External Candidates

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3 Conclusions on the Choice of Internal vs External Candidates

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.

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

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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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Marek Petruš carries out executive search, career counselling and other assignments, and has a particular responsibility for research & knowledge management in the office.

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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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

Tereza Vichová

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Associate, Research & Knowledge Management

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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

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

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.

 

Services

Executive Search

We work at the top levels of corporate management to help find senior executives in a wide range of industries. Our uniqueness is that we build relationships with the potential candidates before we have suitable assignment for them.

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Executive assessment & management appraisal

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

former 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

former 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

former CEO, PFNonwovens

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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

former 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 Central & Eastern Europe, AXA Partners

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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

HR Director, Trelleborg 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.”

Hana Velíšková

HR Director, Mondi Group

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“Cooperating with Bubeník Partners means being able to rely on impeccable professional support. Their profound knowledge of the market, passion for excellent service, and ability to grasp the specific needs of the client make them unique and unparalleled in the arena of executive search.

Jan Bubeník is an esteemed expert in the field who is respected for his character, integrity, and ability to match the right person to the right position. In the Czech Republic, his company is so renowned for finding the top managers for the best companies that candidates feel flattered when contacted by Jan or his colleagues.

My personal experience with Bubeník Partners has always been outstanding, and I highly recommend their services to anyone who demands only the most exceptional candidates to choose from and won’t compromise for less.”

Contact

Office address

Americká 525/23
120 00 Prague 2 – Vinohrady
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 724 369 705
Email: office@bubenikpartners.cz

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You will be connected with us via our trusted partner platform Not Actively Looking (NAL). To establish mutually beneficial cooperation, we consider it essential to have a clear idea of the career path you are following and the goal you are pursuing. By building a profile at the NAL platform and submitting your resume, you may decide what kind of personal information you share and what you tell us about your career history and career aspirations.

Protection of Personal Data

Personal Data Protection Policy (in English)
Podmínky ochrany osobních údajů (in Czech)

Bubenik Partners International SE

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registered in the Commercial Register of the Czech Republic maintained by the Municipal Court in Prague, Section H, Insert 1604

Business address

Okrajní 454/4
100 00 Praha 10 – Strašnice
Czech Republic

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Conditions Regulating the Protection of Personal Data

Podmínky ochrany osobních údajů

Podmínky ochrany osobních údajů

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.

Personal Data Protection Policy

Personal Data Protection Policy

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.

Contact

Are you a candidate?

If you are a candidate and would like to submit your resume for prospective opportunities to elevate your career, click on the button below.

You will be connected with us via our trusted partner platform Not Actively Looking (NAL). To establish mutually beneficial cooperation, we consider it essential to have a clear idea of the career path you are following and the goal you are pursuing. By building a profile at the NAL platform and submitting your resume, you may decide what kind of personal information you share and what you tell us about your career history and career aspirations.

Protection of Personal Data

Personal Data Protection Policy (in English)
Podmínky ochrany osobních údajů (in Czech)

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