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Team Rockaway

Rockaway

Jakub Havrlant

CEO
Jakub Havrlant (*1984) is the founder, CEO and sole shareholder of the Rockaway Capital group, which he established in 2013 with the vision of building a global investment group from the Czech Republic.

As an angel investor, Havrlant previously supported start-ups in the United States (e.g. ProductBoard, in which an investment was undertaken in 2018 by the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers group, which is behind the success of Amazon, Google and other global companies), Brazil (e.g. the fintech start-up Creditas, whose value had increased nearly tenfold by the time Rockaway exited the firm in 2017), and the Czech Republic (e.g. Brand Embassy, now a leading customer-care platform that collaborates with Apple, for example).

During the same period (2010-2013), Havrlant served as CEO for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Baltic states in the Allegro e-commerce group (part of Naspers, which also owns stock in Facebook), which he joined after selling his own real-estate start-up Bezrealitky.cz, the first start-up in our country to use Google Maps technology.

By the age of thirty, Havrlant had carried out a successful exit from the role of CEO in a multinational e-commerce group and established a portfolio of investments in global start-ups. Through Rockaway Capital, he is now striving to bring a broader meaning to the term “internet business” – simply building strong companies with the use of digital technologies. The firms under Rockaway’s administration achieved aggregate sales of more than EUR 2.5 billion in 2019, while employing more than five thousand people in 17 European countries.

Robert Chmelař

Investment Partner
Robert has been with Rockaway since 2016. In addition to seeking out new opportunities, he focuses primarily on the firms Euromedia Group and Heureka Shopping. He joined Rockaway in order to have a hand in defining the investment strategy, take part in setting the company’s direction and, primarily, to help build something that he can consider to be somewhat his own – after spending more than twelve years in the world of corporate finance.

Robert came to Rockaway from the investment company Mid Europa Partners, the biggest private equity firm in Central and Eastern Europe, where as the investment manager he played a role in major investments on the Czech market. In total, that involved ten transactions, including České radiokomunikace, T-Mobile, Walmark and Energy 21, whose value exceeded CZK 75 billion.

Jaroslaw Czernek

Investment Partner
Jaroslaw joined the Rockaway team as an investment partner in 2015. He brought with him essential know-how, thanks to which he was able to finalise key transactions such as the acquisitions of Mall and Heureka. Today he is responsible for firms in the travel industry, with Invia Group at the top.

Jaroslaw previously worked at the law firms White & Case in Prague and London, Cravath, Swaine and Moor LLP in New York and Linklaters in London. In addition to the Czech Republic, he is a qualified attorney in New York, England and Wales. His specialisations are cross-border transactions in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, with particular focus on Russia/CIS and the markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

Dušan Zábrodský

Investment Partner
Dušan joined the Rockaway team in 2014. As an investment partner, he focuses primarily on Mall Group, Heureka and certain start-ups. Even though his role is developing, thanks to his knowledge of start-up business and know-how in the area of transformation strategies for large portfolio units, he has long been seeking out new opportunities and cultivating existing projects in our portfolio.

Prior to joining Rockaway, Dušan focused on consulting for international start-ups, where he was involved in company development and entry into international markets. Before that, he spent seven years at AVG Technologies, where he was part of the company’s management, which listed AVG on the New York Stock Exchange.

Jan Jírovec

Investment Partner
Honza joined Rockaway at the very beginning, in 2014. In his position as an investment partner, he focuses on business development, PR and HR, and is thus responsible for fulfilment of the long-term vision and management of strategic activities. Within the Group, in the past he served as CEO of firms such as Koloniál/Košík and E-commerce Holding.

Before joining Rockaway, Honza was the head of Allegro Group for the region of the Czech Republic and the Baltics, a position in which he replaced Jakub Havrlant. Prior to that, he developed the PayU payment gateway on the Czech and Slovak markets. Honza has also worked in the financial software segment in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.

Andrea Lauren

Investment Partner
As an investment partner, Andrea has long been focused on fintech at Rockaway. She joined the team at a time when the firm needed senior expertise and was arranging partnerships with major global companies.

Andrea came to Rockaway from the Czech investment bank Roklen, which she cofounded in 2014 and where as CEO she managed the first Czech investment crowdfunding platform, Fundlift. Prior to that, she worked in London for the global investment banks JPMorgan and HSBC, where she participated in the management of M&A deals for clients in the private sector as well as for governments in the total volume of more than CZK 675 billion. In addition to that, she is also the chairwoman of the Czech Fintech Association (CEFTAS).

Viktor Fischer

Investment Partner
Viktor is an investment partner at Rockaway whose areas of expertise are start-ups and blockchain. He came to Rockaway from the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, having previously lived for eleven years in France, where he cofounded Innovatrics, a start-up focused on biometric identification, which won several awards and was ranked in the Deloitte Top 50 with 344% growth.

Viktor has taught project management at a university in Paris, and the accelerators StartupYard and Wayra in Prague and The Spot in Slovakia know him as a mentor. He is also an investor in several technology start-ups and runs the club Le Valmont in the very centre of Prague.

Milan Vašina

Senior Advisor
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. At Rockaway, his 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.

Samuel Robel

Project Lead
Samuel joined our investment team after several projects, within which he played a role in, for instance, the financing of Invia and the three-year strategic plan for Mall Group. He has experience in consulting, having most recently worked for the Boston Consulting Group, where he focused primarily on strategic projects in the consumer and retail sector for European and global clients.

He had previously worked in M&A and restructuring at Deloitte in Vienna, where he focused on consulting in the area of companies’ sell-side processes and restructuring. Samuel studied at universities in Germany, India and Moscow.

David Šťastný

Investment Associate
David joined Rockaway Ventures as an investment associate. He is involved in the search for new opportunities and is responsible for the existing portfolio of start-ups.

Before joining us, he was involved in the launch of a venture-capital investment firm in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, he worked for the consulting firm McKinsey, where he focused on telecommunications and the oil and gas industry. He studied at universities in Prague and Stockholm.

Max Palko

Investment Analyst
Max is part of the Rockaway Ventures team. As an investment analyst, he examines and evaluates investment opportunities, monitors the start-up market, creates financial models and assists with maintaining the current portfolio. He previously spent a year and a half in the Rockaway Academy programme, where he worked for Košík.cz in addition to start-ups.

Prior to joining Rockaway, he worked for three years in the sales and controlling departments at the pharmaceutical company Sandoz. Max also served as president of the student consulting organisation Club 307, where he collaborated with companies such as the Boston Consulting Group, AT Kearney and Arthur D Little.

Jakub Losenický

Project Lead
Jakub holds degrees in economics from the Charles University in Prague and in business and management from the Stockholm School of Economics. He previously worked in the field of financial analysis at SME Direkt in Sweden and as a consultant at EY Czech Republic. While still at school, he also dabbled in journalism, mainly at Czech Radio, and founded his own start-up, the auction platform Redukto. Even though Redukto did not conquer the market, Jakub’s passion for young firms and newly conceived projects stayed with him.

Jakub, who is also very dedicated Scout leader, was the first intern to attend Rockaway Academy and later received an offer to stay with us. After an intense period in Košík.cz, where he built Business Intelligence competence and assembled an internal BI team, was responsible for strategic projects and the agenda focused on shareholders, he is part of the Rockaway Ventures team now.

Adam Kolesa

Project Lead
Adam was born in Cuba, where he lived for 6 years. He studied in Prague, Madrid and Edinburgh. After school, he joined McKinsey, where he worked for 5 years on strategic and transformational projects in Spain, South Africa, and globally – he started as a business analyst and progressed to the position of project manager.

Since June 2018 Adam has been a CEO of Mall Pay.

Jaromír Švihovský

CFO
Jaromír serves simultaneously as the CFO and COO at Rockaway. He is thus in charge of finance, the legal department, IT and back-office operations. Jaromír worked for Jakub Havrlant prior to the founding of Rockaway and has thus been part of the team since the very beginning.

He has roots in the world of finance – he has been focused on the the areas of tax consulting, financial management and controlling since 2009. He previously lectured on the issue of international taxation at the Technical University of Liberec.

Lenka Ježková

Group Reporting and Consolidation
Lenka was working for KPMG Czech Republic Audit for 12 years. As a Senior manager, she gained a lot of experience with managing audits for international as well as Czech groups. Recently, she took part in developing audit for start-ups, e-business companies, as well as public and non-profit sector. Lenka was also a member of the Committee for Account Reporting of the Chamber of Auditors of the Czech Republic and Technical Audit Group of KPMG. She was also working as KPMG regional trainer of soft skills for CEE region, and she was the warrantor and trainer of IFRS courses in KPMG Czech Republic.

Lenka´s main task in Rockaway is managing the implementation of reporting process in the whole group in order to be able to present closing the books for 2016 to investors in compliance with IFSR. She is also in charge of assessing accounting impact of M&A and important transactions. She supervises the consistent application of accounting methods within the group, and she is a contact person for the auditor of the group.

Jakub Ryba

Portfolio Valuations
Jakub joined Rockaway team in 2019, and since then he works on our Portfolio Valuations, modelling and financial due-diligences, and M&A valuation support. Before that, he served for more than 7 years in Risk Advisory in KPMG. He was a manager of the advisory team focused on corporate finance, valuations, business combinations and acquisition accounting. For 3 years, he supported clients with IPOs and bond offerings. His experience includes working on 50 valuation engagements, 15+ business combinations and several capital market transactions, e.g. advising to EPIF on various bond offerings (combined volume in €bn), and valuation advising to PPF Group in respect with Telenor acquisition. He holds ACCA and ASA designation.

Dana Běhálková

Financial Controller
At Rockaway, Dana is responsible for the financial reporting of key holding companies in the group. So she spends most of her time working on financial controlling, reporting, communicating with auditors and tax advisors and is also involved in cash flow planning for the entire group.

Prior to that, she worked at KPMG, where she led teams in audits, especially of financial institutions.

Tereza Svobodová

Financial Analyst
Tereza has been working with us since the very beginning – she first came to work during the studies at the Faculty of Economics of the Technical University in Liberec, and then we worked together for a long time. Since the start of 2017, she has been with us in Prague and is engaged in reporting, controlling, and assists with auditing and consolidation.

She is interested in monitoring company performance from a financial control point of view and is in charge of communicating with banks.

Barbora Petrusová

Financial Controller
Bara came from KPMG, where she spent nearly six years. She led audit teams, engaged in auditing financial institutions (mainly banks and funds) and also provide consulting services. In Rockaway is in charge of financial controlling, reporting, consolidation and preparing communications with auditors and tax advisors.

Dominika Karvánková

Financial Analyst
Dominika is in charge of accounting documents, billing, payments, payroll, processing of various reports, communication with banks and offices, archiving, and a lot of other things we would not miss. She studied Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

Kateřina Drugdová

Financial Support
Katka came to Rockaway Capital in 2016, started as a receptionist. Two years later, she moved to the finance department – here she holds the position of Financial Support. She is in charge of invoicing and the agenda associated with it.

Jan Berný

Financial Analyst
Honza graduated from University of Economics in Prague. For more than 15 years he has been working in the field of finance, with the main focus on the creation of financial models and reports. In Rockaway, he helps with creating a reporting and consolidation system.

Petr Stoniš

General Counsel
Petr Stoniš has been in the business of corporate law since 2007. In 2012 he established his own law firm focused on law for media, IT, e-commerce and startups. Petr’s task is to create and maintain the legal structure of the whole Rockaway Group, its operations and the flow of deals.

Jakub Rod

Chief M&A Counsel
Jakub has worked on a number of cross-border and local transactions, including the joint venture between PPF and Generali, which was realized in 2008; being valued in excess of 5.2 billion euro, it ranks among the biggest joint venture transactions realized in the CEE region. Amongst others, he has also represented Mid Europa Partners in its auction sale of České radiokomunikace, or the founders of AVAST Software in the sale of a minority stake in AVAST to Summit Partners.

Jakub graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney and is admitted, among others, to practice law in England and Wales. After returning from Australia to the Czech Republic in 2008, Jakub worked for five years as an Associate in White & Case Prague’s specialized M&A team. In 2014, he started working as a consultant at BBH, providing legal services to its clientele. In September 2016, he decided to join Jakub Havrlant’s Rockaway.

Kateřina Práglová

Senior Legal Counsel
Katka studied at the Faculty of Law, Charles University. During her studies she did a one-year internship at the University of Hamburg. Before coming to Rockaway, she worked for the Prague branch of an international law firm.

In Rockaway Katka is responsible for legal support of the holding as well as for individual companies of the group. She participates in transactions carried out by the group.

Jakub Krůta

Senior Legal Counsel
After studying law in the UK, Germany and China, Jakub lived for a time in the United States before deciding to practice his profession in the Czech Republic. Prior to joining the legal team at Rockaway, Jakub worked as an associate at the Prague branch of an international German law firm, where he focused on M&A, IP and data protection law as well as internal investigations.

One of the legal fields he is most interested in professionally is the emerging relationship between law and technology.

Kristýna Ulmanová

Legal Counsel
Kristýna is currently studying at the Law Faculty of Charles University, and in Rockaway she focuses on the operational issues of holding companies, assists with the preparation of audits and participates in the group’s transactions.

She came to the team from a small law firm focusing primarily on the area of M&A and also gained extensive experience over the course of three years at the investment firm Hartenberg Capital.

Pavel Kalouš

PR & Communication
Pavel Kalouš is responsible for media image of Rockaway, management of relations with media, communication strategies for the group, event management and he is a head of PR and Communication team at Rockaway. His expertise is perfect knowledge of the media environment that he has been active in for over 15 years. He worked as a journalist at Hospodářské noviny or Lidové noviny and came to Rockaway from the Czech edition of Forbes magazine where he was focused on Czech business, technology and startups for the last six years.

Adam Rek

Content & Events
Adam graduated from the Faculty of Multimedia Communications, Tomas Bata University. His expertise is in events, copywriting and social media.

As a freelance marketer he worked with a number of agencies and large companies such as Czech Television, Gambrinus, Captain Morgan. He is an organizer of TEDxZlín and an active musician. In Rockaway he is responsible for the content of our websites.

Marianna Zapotilová

PR & Content
Marianna makes sure that all the good things the whole Rockaway team and the portfolio companies are working on, are seen on social media. In addition, she collaborates on web content, press releases, internal communication and communication with universities.

Marianna worked at the newsroom of the Czech Radio and last seven years she spent at the PR department of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. She studied journalism at FSV UK and has a master’s degree from Kingston University London. In addition, she spent a study abroad year at the University of Miami.

Hana Smítalová

HR 2.0
Hanka is responsible for HR within Rockaway’s internal team and also assists the companies in our portfolio. Her vision is to bring people together and share the best experience in the areas of corporate culture and employer branding. For last ten years, her name has been connected with recognized Ambiente Restaurants Group, and she spent a significant part of her professional life at AmRest, where she advanced to the position of HR director and was responsible for the KFC and Starbucks brands.

Additionally, she has long worked as a freelancer and collaborates with companies Sklizeno, Orbit, Symbio, Kaspen, T-Mobile or Air Bank. She also gained experience as an EU human-resources expert at the government organisation AZPROMO in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Eva Livora

HR 2.0
Eva has been a part of Rockaway since its very beginning – as a VSB graduate (Technical University of Ostrava) she was one of our first employees.

She started as an assistant and then moved up to finance. In June 2015 she was given a chance to start our HR 2.0 department. Since then she has been helping match people with the jobs that fit them best.

Kristen Cheng

Head of China Affairs
Kristen received her MBA degree from Yale University and bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University. Before joining Rockaway, she worked at CITIC Asset Management Company, one of China’s top financial conglomerate, and established investment funds with different areas of focus.

Today, she is helping us with global expansion, primarily in the field of business collaboration with China.

Petr Doleček

Senior IT Administrator
Peter makes sure our computer technology and equipment is in order and works well. For over 20 years he has been working in IT. The last 15 years he spent at Allianz Financial Services, so he has a lot of experience and we can count on him. “I believe the team can remain prosperous and stable only if all pull together as a team.”

Michal Ryba

IT Administrator
Michal joined Rockaway Capital as an IT administrator in 2018. In his previous job, he was involved in two helpdesks, collaborating on national and international projects within the Allianz Group.
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