CHANGE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION GROUP
Zdeněk Majer, the group's Vice President of Trade, was elected into the top management of the Škoda Transportation group with effect from February 1, 2019. Zdeněk Majer has been in various managerial positions in the Škoda Transportation group since 2002. Jaromír Šilhánek is leaving the board of directors, but he will continue to work as CEO and chairman of the board of directors to develop the largest subsidiary Škoda Electric.
"Since the arrival of our new owner, PPF Group, we have been gradually changing our organizational structure. The new arrangement is based on syndicate management principles of the Škoda Transportation group, including all its subsidiaries. The goal is to increase competitiveness and reduce costs while maximizing the use of internal resources and synergies across the group. Consolidation and development of business activities are our priorities, which is why long-time successful manager Zdeněk Majer, who is responsible for the global business activities of the Škoda Transportation group, is a big boost to the group's top management," says Petr Brzezina, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the Škoda Transportation group.
Zdeněk Majer studied international management and finance in the Czech Republic, Germany and the USA. He has been working for the Škoda Transportation group since 2002, starting in the position of capital investment manager. He participated in the restructuring strategy of Škoda Holding, and he was a member of a number of statutory authorities of individual companies in the group. In the past few years, he has successfully led the acquisition of several companies and opened several foreign markets with total orders exceeding 1 billion EUR. In 2006 he became CEO and member of the board of directors of Ganz - Škoda Electric in Budapest. In 2011 he founded Škoda Transportation Deutschland in Germany in order to develop the German market, where he is CEO. In 2015 he led the acquisition of Finnish company Škoda Transtech, where he became chairman of the board of directors. Since 2011 he is also vice president of trade for Western markets, and since the end of 2018 he has been responsible for all Škoda Transportation group business activities in global markets.