Leadership

Management Board

Karolína Topolová

Karolína Topolová

Group Chief Executive Officer
Karolína Topolová has been the Company's Chief Executive Officer since 2012 and the Chairperson of its Board of Directors since 2015. She began her career as an Assistant Program Manager at the Hilton Diamond Club (HDC). She later became the HDC Program Manager of a telemarketing sales team, in charge of selected VIP clients of the Hilton hotel network, at the Prague Hilton Atrium hotel.

In 1998, she established the Group's call center, which has grown from five employees to a professional team of more than 200. She held the position of call center head from 1998 to 2006. From 2006 to 2007, she served in the positions of Group HR head and call center director. From 2009 to 2012, she held various positions including Deputy CEO and COO, while she was also head of the sales, financial and insurance services, call center, human resources, IT and external communication divisions.

She has repeatedly been ranked in the TOP 25 WOMEN OF CZECH BUSINESS, in 2020 she won the 1st place in the managers category and this year she entered the Hall of Fame. She also regularly appears in the list of the Most Influential Women in the Czech Republic according to Forbes magazine. She also received the Lady Pro 2015 and Young Management Talent 2015 awards.
Petr Vaněček

Petr Vaněček

Group Chief Operations Officer
Petr Vaněček is a passionate automotive retail executive and has been the Company's Chief Operating Officer since 2014 and a member of its Board of Directors since 2015.

He has extensive experience across the full spectrum of the Company’s operations. Petr has held several management positions in various divisions, including in the Group’s buying division covering exports and imports gaining invaluable international retail experience and a deep understanding of the European pre-owned car market. During his time in the Group’s buying division, Petr was responsible for driving Aures’ cross border arbitrage business and was appointed as Director of Procurement in 2006 where he developed the sourcing infrastructure and established the Group’s pricing function sourced from sector experts and industry analysts. In 2014 he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for the Group.

Since then Petr has played a pivotal role in establishing the Group’s data source division, seamlessly integrating this essential service across all of the Group’s operating divisions and played a major role in the Group’s entry into the nearly new car market through the creation of premium segment brand Mototechna.

He has transformed the organisation into a technology led operation in every aspect across the Group and played a major role in supporting Aures’ fantastic growth.
Vasant Mistry

Vasant Mistry

Group Chief Financial Officer
Vasant joined us from beginning of January 21, as Group CFO and a Member of the Management Board. During his vast career he has worked with great global brands, companies owned by Private Equity/Public/Wealthy Individuals in Automotive and Transport industries.

He is a highly experienced senior business executive having played various roles at operational and group/divisional level in capacity as CFO, Commercial and IT, CEO and Business Development Director within Europe with focus on modernization of finance organization, digitalization, transformation and business development with results driven mind-set and a proven track record of delivering double digit cash returns on exits.

He spent 2/3rd of his career with within Car Rental /Leasing spectrum where buying and selling cars is a natural extension of the core activity. The remaining 1/3rd of his career was within European Bus transport industry. He has held senior roles within Avis, Hertz at EMEA division and lastly with Europcar Mobility Group at divisional and at operating level. He was CFO of Concordia Bus Nordic, a majority owned Goldman Sachs PE fund group with SEC registered traded High Yield Bonds on Luxemburg exchange. He also held position as Finance and Commercial director for London Bus Division at First Group Plc and as a CEO of easyBus an ecommerce retail Bus operation start up for Sir Stelios (easyJet founder).

He began his career as a Chartered Accountant and worked for KPMG and has a base in London.

Supervisory board

Stephen Neil Hopewell

Stephen Neil Hopewell

Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Stephen Neil Hopewell has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2016. From 1987 to 1991, he held the position of the General Manager of Pendragon Plc and was involved in its initial public offering in 1989. From 1991 to 2002, he held the position of Operations Director of Pendragon Plc. From 2002 until today, he has been the owner and manager of the UK's Lindop Brothers Toyota dealership chain owning three Toyota and one Honda dealerships. From 2006 to 2016, he held the position of a consultant to the senior management of the Company. From 2007 to 2016, he held the position of the Head of global consulting division at ASE Global PLC. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics / Agricultural Economics from Nottingham University.
Anthony James Denny

Anthony James Denny

Supervisory Board Member
Member of the Supervisory Board since 2015. Founded AAA Auto group of companies in 1992 and served as CEO from 1992-’97 and 2006-2012. Member of the Management Board 1992-2015. 40 years experience in retailing new and used cars. 30 years experience in the cross border trade of used cars to and from most continents. Currently investing in Automotive startups around the world and mentoring superstar future CEO’s.
Vratislav Kulhánek

Vratislav Kulhánek

Supervisory Board Member
Vratislav Kulhánek has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2018. Vratislav is an experienced business manager in automotive and former Chairman of the Czech Ice Hockey Association, graduate of University of Economics, Prague and European Business School. Previously, he held the position of the chairman of the board of directors of Škoda Auto, member of the supervisory board of Škoda Auto, CEO of Robert Bosch, president of the Czech Industry Association and vice-president of the Czech Confederation of Industry.
Wojciech Adam Lukawski

Wojciech Adam Lukawski

Supervisory Board Member
Wojciech Adam Lukawski has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2015. He has 14 years of private equity experience, predominantly in Poland. His current focus is on the consumer finance, automotive and infrastructure sectors. In the past, he was on the management board of two mass privatization funds in Poland, overseeing the restructuring and disposal of over 120 former state-owned companies. Prior to this, Wojciech was Finance Director of companies in the construction and textile industries. He also spent a number of years working in an mergers & acquisitions advisory capacity. Wojciech is a graduate of, and has a Master's Degree from, Lodz University.
Stephen John Richmond

Stephen John Richmond

Supervisory Board Member
Stephen John Richmond has joined the Supervisory Board of the Company in 2021. Stephen has more than 20 years of private equity experience in CE and is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Abris Capital Partners, being responsible for all financial, legal and other operational areas, focusing on creating a professional organization acting on industry best practices. Prior to Abris, Steve was a Partner at Copernicus Capital where, after working for four years in Warsaw, he was responsible for the firm’s office and investment activities, initially in Zagreb and subsequently in Belgrade. Before joining Copernicus, Steve held senior management positions with two PE-backed UK companies. Steve has a degree in Zoology from the University of Leeds, UK.
Lenka Zajíčková

Lenka Zajíčková

Supervisory Board Member
Lenka Zajíčková has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2020. Serving as the Group Head of Legal since 2014 and Compliance Officer since 2020, Lenka is coordinating and overseeing the Company's entire legal agenda. She has been working in advocacy since 2001, attorney-at-law since 2006. She has been cooperating with the Company since 2010. In 2015, she was a member of the team and the main coordinator of the post-transaction corporate restructuring that followed the acquisition of AAA Auto Group N.V. by the Company and the subsequent cross-border merger of AAA Auto Group N.V. and AAA AUTO a.s. into the Company. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno.

Tech savvy leadership team

Viktor Cirbus

Viktor Cirbus

Group Digital Officer
Viktor Cirbus has been the Group Digital Officer since 2018 and oversees digital transformation within the Group. Since 2014, he has also been the Group Data Science division manager responsible for the Data Science & Business Intelligence departments and projects that bring machine learning and automation to the Company's processes. From 2010 to 2014, he was Group Business Intelligence manager with a focus on establishing data-driven decision making and KPI’s that helped increase business performance across the Group's departments.

Before 2010, he held management positions in commercial controlling and finance departments at Electro World Central Europe and T-Mobile. He holds a Degree in Business Administration and Management from University of Economics in Bratislava.
Martin Hrudník

Martin Hrudník

Group Purchasing Director
Martin Hrudník has held the position of the Group Purchasing Director since January 2017. He is responsible for determining the Company's buying strategy and related marketing activities . In addition, he also leads new projects supporting the Group's expansion. He began his career working in the construction industry and joined the Group in 1999. He started as buying assistant and in 2004 became a regional buying manager. He worked in different branches in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering High School.
Daniel Luňáček

Daniel Luňáček

Group Sales Director
Daniel Luňáček holds the position of Group Sales Director.

His main scope is to strategically manage all the branches in all countries, to constantly improve the existing processes and modernize the auxiliary tools that lead to digitization and full professionalism on the part of the sales division. An integral part of his daily agenda is working with sales managers with the help of his regional management and improving the efficiency of each sales step and after sales processes that lead to maximum satisfaction of our customers.

He has been working in the company since 2001. He started as a call centre representative where within two years he worked his way up to a call centre manager managing Slovakia. A year later, he moved to the sales division where he started as a site manager. He gradually went through several Slovak and Czech branches up to the largest branch in Prague. After this experience he became a regional manager and then Country manager for the Czech Republic.
Pavel Pospíšil

Pavel Pospíšil

Group Stock & Service Director
Pavel Pospíšil currently holds the position of the Group Stock & Service Director. He is in charge of managing the stock, service and transport department, determining the Group's strategy and setting KPPs for all subordinate departments. He began his career in the United States and joined the Group in 1999, gaining experience across several departments of the Company. He held the position of logistics manager for two years. He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering High School in Prague.
Karel Smrž

Karel Smrž

Group Marketing & Communications Director
Karel Smrž holds the Group Marketing Director´s position since 2020. Before joining the Group, he worked for Liberty Global (UPC in the CEE region), the largest worldwide fix networks operator from 2014 to 2019. He held various marketing management positions within the CEE region and was part of the management board for Czech and Slovak operation. Last two and a half years he was responsible also for the group media buying in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania. Mr. Smrž's previous experience also includes a 4 years engagement at Ogilvy Czech Republic, leading communication agency, as Business Director responsible for key regional clients including Zentiva, Sanofi and Telefónica O2.
Matyáš Kořínek

Matyáš Kořínek

Chief HR Officer
Matyáš Kořínek has been the HR Director since the end of 2019. His main role in the Company is to manage the area of human resources and to represent the interests of employees in communication with management. His other core activities include implementing priority HR projects for digitalisation and paperless processes, talent development for senior managers, succession planning, recruitment for key positions and close cooperation with colleagues and senior managers in implementing the company's culture and values across all markets. He joined the Group in 2003, holding management positions in F&I and Sales, and left the position of COO in 2008. Prior to joining the Group, he held senior management positions at Citibank, Raiffeisenbank and Nationale Niederlanden. He holds a Masters Degree in psychology and sport from the Charles University in Prague.
David Čížek

David Čížek

Group Office Operations Director
David joined AURES Holdings in 2018 as a Group Office Operation Director. In this position, he is responsible for facility management, car transfers, company cars, construction, logistics, warehouse, archive, Security, development and travel agenda. In this position, his tasks are to implement standard processes in all countries within the holding, to reduce operating costs. Another important task is the service for group development, which is supported by the construction and facility departments.

His previous career is mainly associated with Intersnack Ltd., where he worked as the Director of Procurement and Investment, concurrently in a group hierarchy he managed as a lead buyer the purchasing of flexible packaging in CEE and Austria and was a member of the Supervisory Board. From Intersnack, he went to the pharmaceutical industry, joined the family company GOLDIM Inc., where he worked as chief operating officer.

Aures Division

Luboš Vorlík

Luboš Vorlík

Managing Director
Czech Republic
Luboš currently works as Country Managing Director for CZ. He joined the company in 2003 as a sales representative. He quickly worked his way up to the Branch Manager, Regional Sales Manager and Sales Manager for the Czech Republic. He graduated from the Secondary Technical and Agricultural School in Pilsen and has devoted his entire professional life to sales ever after. He is one of the most experienced managers in people management within the Group. He is also the creator of many sales processes and reward schemes for sales positions within the company. Prior to joining AURES Holdings, he was in the wholesale and retail gun and ammunition business.
Igor Suchý

Igor Suchý

Managing Director
Poland & Slovakia
Igor works for the company as Country Managing Director for Slovakia and Poland. He joined AURES Holdings in 2010 as Branch Manager. At the end of 2012 he became Country Sales Manager for Slovakia. In the same role he worked on the company's entry into the Hungarian market. In this position he gained a lot of experience in all areas of management. Since 2018, he has been serving as Country Managing Director. Within the group, he is one of the most experienced managers in terms of product, employee development and P&L. He is constantly looking for ways to improve processes to support the company's steady growth.

Driverama Division

Stanislav Gálik

Stanislav Gálik

CEO Driverama
Stanislav Gálik became CEO of Driverama Division from April 2021 and is spearheading Driverama growth strategy for Western Europe expansion. Prior to that Stan joined Aures as Group Innovations Director and managed innovations and special projects across the Group. Since 2014, he has been running the UNIFER Innovation Centre, focusing on the cooperation of universities and the commercial sphere. He also managed several innovative projects at Česká spořitelna. As a consultant, Mr. Gálik worked on long-term projects for companies such as J & T Banka and Tesco Stores. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked him in its 30 under 30 list. He studied psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy of Masaryk University, media studies at Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University and communication studies at New Mexico State University in the United States. At Masaryk University, he lectures on psychology of persuasion, creativity and managerial communication.
Eldar Vagabov

Eldar Vagabov

Chief Operating Officer
Eldar Vagabov is the COO of Driverama from the very beginning and has a key role in establishing all operations of Driverama, including the structure of management team, it‘s roles and responsibilities. Mr. Vagabov has already built a successful global biotech startup in Singapore and the UK, where he introduced new generation of DNA tests on these markets. Since 2016, Mr. Vagabov has held various senior management positions, including the position of Group CEO and was responsible for operations and business development activities of an international private healthcare group operating clinics and diagnostic laboratories in many different countries. Mr. Vagabov brings the experience from the fields of business development, expansion and growth strategies, has a master‘s degree in Business and Law and speaks fluently three languages.
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