The Czech Republic lags behind Western and Central European leaders in supporting new tech companies. Venture capital investments are 1/10 to 1/12 (per capita) of those in Germany or the Netherlands, and even half…
Jakub Havrlant’s investment group has announced a key addition to its team. Milan Vašina, a former CEO of T-Mobile Czech Republic and Slovak Telekom with more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications and ICT, is joining Rockaway as Senior Advisor at the beginning of April. The newly created role has two objectives: to help selected portfolio companies with their business strategy and to promote development of managerial talent across the group.
“We’d been in touch with Milan for some time, but only now managed to create a role that appealed to him. Looking back I can say that our patience has paid off. Milan’s new role is a perfect fit for his skills while bringing significant value to our portfolio,” says Jakub Havrlant, CEO and founder of Rockaway. For many years Milan Vašina was CEO of T-Mobile Czech Republic and Slovak Telekom. During the course of his career, he has gained a reputation as a successful manager and leader in telecommunications and ICT, something also confirmed by his winning the Best Telecoms CEO, Eastern Europe Award. Milan’s experience includes implementation of business strategies, acquisitions of companies, their integration and changes in operating models. He was responsible for nearly 7000 employees and revenues of €2.0 billion. In the business community, he is well known for his ability to foster a culture of cooperation, personal responsibility, and authentic leadership.
“I truly enjoy passing on experience – and I have gained some over the past 20 years. I am also attracted by working with the younger generation that Jakub represents to me. I like his drive and the energy of the whole team, which is why I accepted the offer,” says Milan Vašina in explaining his motivation. In addition, he already knows key people at Rockaway from his past activities. As T-Mobile CEO, Milan worked closely with Robert Chmelař, Rockaway’s investment director, who at that time represented a former minority shareholder, Mid Europa Partners, on the mobile operator’s Board of Directors. “Milan remains one of the best CEOs that I have ever met. He manages to combine a pragmatic business approach with an empathetic approach to people, and his ability to build strong management teams is unprecedented,” describes Robert Chmelař.
Milan Vašina will split his time between his new role as Senior Advisor at Rockaway and a Director at Aspen Institute Central Europe.