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Team Rockaway

Rockaway

Jakub Havrlant

CEO
Jakub is a serial entrepreneur and founder & CEO of Rockaway. In 2007, he started his first company, Bezrealitky.cz, whilst studying at university, selling it a few years later to Allegro Group. Following the sale, Jakub joined Allegro as their CEO for the Czech market, where he reamined until 2013, at which point he left the group to once again pursue something entrepreneurial – and set up Rockaway Capital. As the CEO, Jakub continues to be actively involved in leading various projects at Rockaway. He is a strong believer in interconnecting the offline and online worlds and, whether searching for new investment opportunities or implementing project strategy, he always looks to find unique ways to create value.

Robert Chmelař

Investment Partner
Robert Chmelař joined Rockaway as an investment partner in spring 2016 from Mid Europa Partners, the largest private equity firm in Central and Eastern Europe. As an investment director, he was involved in many of the Mid Europa’s investments in the Czech Republic, such as České radiokomunikace, T-Mobile, Walmark, and Energy 21. “After more than 12 years in the world of finance, I am looking forward to building something with Jakub and the team, which I can consider my own. The crucial thing for me was the fact that Rockaway has a clear vision, enormous energy and a great team”, Robert commented upon joining Rockaway.

Dušan Zábrodský

Investment Partner
Before joining Rockaway in 2014, Dušan worked for seven years at AVG Technologies where he was part of the management team that took the company public in 2012 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AVG). His background is in international start-ups focusing on business development and global expansion. Dušan’s role at Rockaway is to search for new opportunities and to develop existing businesses in our portfolio.

Jaroslaw Czernek

Investment partner
Jaroslaw joined Rockaway as an investment partner in autumn 2015. He is a qualified lawyer in the Czech Republic, New York and England and Wales, with more than ten years of experience at international law firms such as Linklaters, Cravath and White & Case in New York, London and Prague, primarily focusing on mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions.  At Rockaway, he is in charge of the travel assets and the group’s international expansion.

Jan Jírovec

Investment Partner
Jan Jírovec has been active in the internet and software spheres for more than twelve years. In the past he worked in the segment of finance software in Eastern Europe and North-West Asia as a Business Development Manager. He then worked for PayU, developing online payments for the Czech and Slovak markets. He came to Rockaway Group from the position of head of Allegro Group CZ. In Rockaway, he cares about fulfilling the company’s long-term vision and the management of strategic activities. He has taken charge of the management of E-commerce Holding.

Viktor Fischer

Rockaway Ventures
Viktor Fischer spent 5 years with McKinsey & Company, a leading consulting firm, where he worked as a Junior Partner focusing on strategy and corporate finance. For three years he served as a mentor in several accelerators such as Startupyard and Wayra in Prague and the Spot in Slovakia. He is also an investor in several technological start-ups. Prior to McKinsey & Co he lived in France for eleven years where he co-founded Innovatrics – a technology startup providing fast biometric identification worldwide. He also taught project management at the Faculty of International Law at a university in Paris. Viktor holds a Master’s degree from HEC Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.

Jaromír Švihovský

CFO
Jaromír Švihovský has dealt with tax consulting, financial management and controlling since 2009. Prior to that he gave lectures on international taxation at the Technical University in Liberec, where he also earned his doctorate degree. He has been in charge of the management of Jakub Havrlant’s financial activities since 2010. In Rockaway, Jaromír maintains the economic and financial stability of the group. He is in charge of financing and risk management.

Lenka Velehradská

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.

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.

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

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

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 (and she is always on the phone :))

Michaela Papežová

PR & Communications
Michaela Papežová came to Rockaway from Allegro Group CZ where she worked as the Public Relations Manager. She was responsible for the media image of individual brands in the portfolio, internal communication, management of relations with media and event management. Michaela deals with media relations and is in charge of communication strategies for the group.

Adam Rek

Content & Social
Adam graduated from FMK TBU. 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.

Viktor Kustein

HR 2.0
Viktor studied at the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University. During his studies, he and his colleagues co-founded the GrowJOB Institute. As a consultant, he played an integral role in changing dozens of Czechs companies, and he helped some of them to expand abroad, mostly to German-speaking countries. He worked with Bileto on employee development from the end of the last year. Since the beginning of June he and Eva Krausová have formed a new department called HR 2.0 – Human Relations.

Eva Krausová

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 the chance to start our HR 2.0 department, and since then she has been helping match people with the jobs that fit them best.

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. Outside of the office, Adam is an avid mountain climber (having conquered Mt. McKinley/Denali, Eiger, Matterhorn or Mt Blanc) and likes action sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing and mountain biking.

Jakub Daxner

Project Lead
Jakub comes to Rockaway from McKinsey, where he was part of private equity practice. Jakub has experience with range industries, mainly telecom and FMCG and served clients primarily in Australia, South Africa but also other 11 countries across 3 continents. Prior to McKinsey, Jakub has worked at Allen & Overy as banking and finance lawyer focusing on private equity and major CEE banks. He graduated from Paneuropean University, Faculty of law. When not working, Jakub seeks endurance races across the world, having participated in more than 20 marathons, several ultramarathons, triathlons, full and half-ironmans, bike and swim races. Jakub also has a first degree black belt in Taekwon-do.

Filip Fingl

Project Lead
Filip joins Rockaway after spending 3 years as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on projects in Europe and Asia focusing largely on technology, retail and energy sectors. His first serious encounter with e-commerce took place in Malaysia while working for Rocket Internet and this experience was also one of the triggers why he decided to come back to this segment. He graduated from CEMS and Charles University with study stints in Prague, Budapest and Vienna. In his free time he enjoys doing some easy sports (such as crossfit or obstacle running) or some relaxed travelling (for instance through Transsiberian Railroad or central Africa) and when he still has a bit of time to spare, he either spends it on speculating about AI, flying cars or colonizing Mars or plays a bit of blues rock on his Fender.

Jan Habich

Product Innovation
Jan wants to live in a world without meaningless advertising, an infinite supply of Chinese tea, and user-centered products that sells itself. When he’s not riding one of his bikes you can find him looking for new ways to upgrade them, munching on cashews or reading about new gadgets that he can’t buy since he has committed himself to a simpler life. (But he will probably buy some of those anyway since he is still struggling with Zen). In Rockaway Jan helps our projects sell. Problem identification and problem solving methods? You got it. Communication and strategy? But of course. UX and user-centered design? He eats that for breakfast. Get in touch with Jan if you want to solve a problem, get a constructive critique, or just chat over a cup of tea.

Kristýna Sameliak

Office Manager @ HQ Praha
Kristýna studied furniture design and worked in the furniture business. When we were looking for someone who will take care so that we can work well, we did not find anyone better. She picks up on the daily operation of our offices in Kavčí hory. And now the best part: she believes that “no” is not the answer.

Michaela Janecká

Executive & Legal Assistant
Thanks to Michaela it works here. She is responsible for organizing, processing, and a lot of paperwork. She is a great support for top management and legal.. Before she came to us, she worked for 8 years in a law firm, so he knows how the world works.

Petr Doleček

IT Senior Administrator
Peter cares about our technology so that it works and that it was in order. He worked for over 20 years in IT. The last 15 years he spent in Allianz, so it has a lot of experience and we can count on him. “I believe that the team can remain prosperous and stable only if all pull together.”

Anežka Bobčíková

Financial Support
Anežka started at Rockaway in autumn 2014 as a receptionist. Six months later she moved to the financial department where she works now. She is responsible for reports, invoices and payments for the whole group.

Jiří Brada

Financial Support
Jirka came to Rockaway in May 2015 as support for both finance and legal department. Gradually he became more focused on finance, and since November he has worked for us permanently. He is in charge of portfolio valuation, finance control and portfolio company reports, financial analyses and due diligence, and the implementation of modeling software Gide which is used for reporting.

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