CFO Sazka Group, Partner
Born in then Czechoslovakia, he emigrated with his parents to the United States. Today he holds dual U.S. and Czech citizenship. In 1998 he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in accounting and logistics. Later in his career, he earned an MBA from both London Business School and Columbia Business School. He started his career with Arthur Andersen and Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup followed by work as an investment associate with Citigroup Private Equity in New York. In 2004 he became a founding member and director of Republic Financial Corporation‘s Private Equity division in Denver, Colorado. In 2007 he was recruited back to Citigroup Private Equity, this time in the newly-formed London office, where he eventually became a Vice President and a key member of an investment team responsible for managing a global private equity and direct investments portfolio of over USD 10 billion. In 2010 when Citigroup divested from Citigroup Private Equity, he accepted an offer to join PPF Group in Prague, where he has been involved in numerous investments and transactions, including the EUR 2.3 billion financing of PPF Group’s Telefonica O2 acquisition. He has been with EMMA Capital as the Director of M&A since 2013 and has played a key role in the restructuring and subsequent sale of Eldorado, the second largest consumer appliances retailer in Russia. From 2016, he has held the role of Chief Financial Officer of SAZKA Group. He also became a partner in EMMA in 2016.