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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.

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.

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.

Petr Mahdal

Executive Leader, Technologist & Advisor
Petr has been part of the Rockaway story since the very beginning, when he was enticed by Jakub Havrlant’s vision, for which he left AVG Technologies, where he’d been for seven years. He specializes in technologies, product development, IT and project/programme management, both directly for Rockaway and for its portfolio companies and projects. His most recent mission involved three years with the Košík.cz on-line supermarket, where he was in charge of R&D and IT, including product development. At the beginning of 2021 he rejoined the Rockaway team. In the past Petr worked for Sunnysoft, a Czech company developing products and software for the precursors of today’s smartphones, and then for AVG, which he took to the New York Stock Exchange and participated in the acquisition of US and Israeli companies.

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.

Radek Musil

Project Lead
Radek came to Rockaway in the fall of 2020. He focuses on FinTech, and as part of our investment team applies his expertise to other areas, such as logistics. In the past he was CEO of Fundlift, the first Czech investment crowdfunding platform that also became the largest Czech platform of its type, and was present from the very beginning during its development and market introduction. He was also a partner at the Roklen FinTech group, where his role included providing M&A consulting. Radek graduated from the University of New York in Prague and also graduated with honours from the London School of Economics. In 2018 Forbes Magazine ranked him among the thirty most talented people under the age of thirty in the Czech Republic.

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.

Radek Horák

CFO / Rockaway Blockchain Fund
Radek is responsible for operations and finances of the Fund. He joined from Macquarie Investment Management ($340B AUM) in London. Radek started his career in PwC as an auditor. Radek holds EMBA degree from IMD, Msc. from Charles University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

Dušan Kovačič

Chief Investment Officer / Rockaway Blockchain Fund
Dusan Kovacic is responsible for all Fund investments. As part of this, Dusan actively engages in crypto-communities, advocating user-oriented product and platform development. Dusan also engages in non-profit activities. Before joining Rockaway Blockchain, he built GPU-based mining farm for Monero and worked as an IT Security engineer and project manager. Dusan holds a Computer Science degree from the Czech Technical University in Prague.

David Rakušan

Investment Manager / Rockaway Blockchain Fund
David is responsible primarily for portfolio management. Prior to this, he worked as an Investment Analyst at RSJ Investments (€500M AUM), where he was responsible for analysing both direct investment opportunities and indirect fund of funds investments in the VC sector. David holds a CFA charter and a Master’s Degree from the University of Birmingham.

Oldřich Peslar

Legal Counsel / Rockaway Blockchain Fund
Oldrich is in charge of legal operations of the Rockaway Blockchain Fund and legal aspects of the investments (both funds and projects). Before joining Rockaway Blockchain Fund, Oldrich worked as a lawyer at Allen & Overy and Havel & Partners.

Marek Šandrik

Principal / Rockaway Blockchain Fund
Marek is responsible for investments and portfolio management. Prior to Rockaway, Marek worked at McKinsey & Co focusing on financial institutions and building digital products enabled by advanced analytics. Marek holds an MBA from LBS and Bachelor degree in economics from University College London.

Tomáš Eminger

Head of Staking Infrastructure / Rockaway Blockchain Fund
Tomas is responsible for operating validation servers, including for projects in which the Fund has invested, and analyzing blockchain technologies. Prior to working with RBF, he worked within Rockaway Capital as an Enterprise Architect for Košík.cz, and before that he was in charge of connection of ICT acquisition services within Mall Group after starting at Kolonial.cz.

Adam Bilko

Asset Manager / Rockaway Blockchain Fund
Adam is in charge of managing a yield fund, which uses strategies to preserve capital and generate a steady return in the crypto world. Prior to joining the RBF team, he was Investment Director and Portfolio Manager at Aakon Capital. Adam holds a M.Sc. degree from RANEPA, Moscow.

Mark Kobal

Head of Investor Relations / Rockaway Blockchain Fund
Mark leads the investor relations program for RBF as well as global public relations. Before joining RBF, Mark was the Head of Investor Relations at Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. until it was acquired and delisted from the NASDAQ and the Prague Stock Exchange in October 2020. Mark began his career with KPMG, working both in Prague and Denver, Colorado. He holds the Investor Relations Charter credential and received a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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.

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.

Kateřina Drugdová

Financial Admin
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.

Martin Štukheil

Senior Consolidation Specialist
Martin has been part of the Rockaway team since 2020. In the Finance Department he is involved in drawing up the group’s financial statements, reporting, working with the auditor, and helping with sub-consolidation within the scope of the group’s individual segments. Before coming to Rockaway, Martin worked at O2 Czech Republic, where he focused on corporate reporting and consolidation. Prior to that he worked for five years at KPMG, where he was in charge of teams auditing prominent Czech manufacturing companies and groups.

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.

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.

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
At Rockaway, Kristýna focuses mainly on the operational and corporate affairs of holding companies and participates in M&A transactions. She works on group audits, consolidations and intragroup financing.

She joined the team from a small law firm, where she focused mainly on M&A, and also gained a lot of experience during her three years at the investment company Hartenberg Capital. Kristýna studied at the Faculty of Law of Charles University.

Andrea Šamšová

Legal & Finance Associate
Andrea joined Rockaway to support lawyers, but she has grown rapidly and currently works with both the financial and investment teams to help prepare audits and consolidation, as well as the day-to-day management of the group’s operations. Besides, she studies international business at the University of Economics in Prague.

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.

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.

Eva Livora

HR
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.

Mária Dandárová

Office Manager
Mária joined our team in June 2021. She is Rockaway’s office manager and takes care of everything related to the smooth operation of our office and reception, organizes and thinks up most of our programme outside of work, and also provides support to the financial department and the Rockaway Blockchain Fund. Mária likes working at Rockaway because she is free to show her creativity and bring her ideas to life.

Prior to starting with us she worked for several years in the back office and as office manager at ConnectArt and Bohemia Energy.

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.

Linda Trličíková

Receptionist
Linda has been providing office support to her colleagues and taking care of the reception since 2018. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a receptionist at companies in the e-commerce segment or the financial sector, and also took an English course after graduating from high school. As she herself says, the things she considers most important at work are orderliness, a pleasant environment, and above all the satisfaction of her colleagues.
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