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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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrea Lauren

Investment Partner
Andrea is originally an investment banker by trade and has more than 15 years of experience in the area of corporate finance, primarily M&A consulting, in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. From 1999 to 2011, she worked for the global investment banks JPMorgan and HSBC in London, where she was involved in managing M&A transactions in the private sector and for the government. The combined volume of those deals was in excess of CZK 675 billion. Andrea is also the chairwoman of the Czech Fintech Association. She is a graduate of Odense University (Denmark) in the field of business administration and a chartered financial analyst. Andrea came to Rockaway from the Czech investment bank Roklen, which she co-founded in 2014 and where she served as CEO of the first Czech crowdfunding investment platform, Fundlift. At Rockaway, Andrea is primarily responsible for the area of fintech.

Viktor Fischer

Rockaway Ventures
Viktor Fischer joined from McKinsey & Company, where he worked as a Junior Partner focusing on strategy and corporate finance. 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 he serves 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. Viktor holds 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

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 (and she is always on the phone :))

Zuzana Olbrechtová

Legal Counsel
A graduate of Masaryk University in Brno, Zuzana came to us from a major Czech law office. At Rockaway, she is currently responsible for the operations and smooth running of all our companies.

Jakub Krůta

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.

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.

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 & Events
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.

Samuel Robel

Project Lead
Samuel joined our investment team after several projects, within which he played a role in, for example, 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.

Martin Konop

Project Lead
Martin holds a degree in business administration from SUNY Empire State College / University of New York in Prague. Following graduation, he spent three years in private equity with Genesis Capital and Hartenberg Capital, where he was directly responsible for closing acquisitions in both CEE and Western Europe and later served as director of the board for an Irish portfolio company. He served for over a year as the CFO of a technology start-up, overseeing its financial strategy and corporate governance and managing key operational aspects in San Francisco, Prague and Bangalore. He joined us to strengthen the team at Rockaway Ventures, where he will use his investment and entrepreneurial experience to assist with both the current portfolio and new investments.

Jakub Losenický

Project Lead
Jakub studied economics at Charles University in Prague and spent another two years at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. He worked in the field of financial analysis at SME Direkt in Sweden and as a consultant at EY Česká republika, focusing primarily on the automotive industry. 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. In his free time, Jakub leads a group of scouts and manages a scouting centre. He has stepped across numerous fires, slept in a wet sleeping bag more than once and discovered that dry socks can be heavenly. Jakub was the first intern to attend Rockaway Academy and later received an offer to stay with us. Today you can find him at Košík, where he is responsible for strategic projects and the agenda focused on shareholders. He is mostly involved in BI and integration projects within Mall Group.    

Michaela Janecká

Office Manager @ HQ Prague
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 she knows how the world works.

Petr Doleček

Senior IT 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.”

Dominika Karvánková

Financial Analyst
Dominika came to us from Okin Facility, where she worked as an accountant. She had spent a year and a half in France as an au pair. He 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.

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 beginning 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.

Jan Berný

Financial Analyst
Honza graduated from University of Economics in Prague. He has been working for more than 15 years 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.
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