Václav Řehoř to Chair Prague Airport Board of Directors

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The FINANCIAL — Changes to Prague Airport Statutes, changing the number of members of the Board of Directors from three to four, have taken place.

The current three members of the Board remain part thereof, Václav Řehoř, the current Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, has been appointed a new member by a General Meeting. The new members of the Board then voted Václav Řehoř Chairman and the current Chairman, Jiří Kraus, Vice-Chairman of the new Board of Directors. The change is a logical step confirming the key position of Prague Airport within the Czech Aeroholding Group. Václav Řehoř has already been involved in the preparatory stages of the airport strategical development as its shareholder and will now be a part of its implementation. The appointment of Václav Řehoř and the changes to the organizational proceedings have been approved by the Czech Republic Civil Aviation Authority effective 1 February 2017, according to Prague Airport.

Václav Řehoř, current Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, thus also becomes the Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors effective the beginning of February 2017. This is a logical change and an enhancement of the fact that, in regard to operations, Czech Aeroholding and Prague Airport have worked as one company since the departure of Czech Airlines from the Czech Aeroholding Group. At the same time, the step precedes the formal completion of the merger of Prague Airport and the Czech Aeroholding Group, which is already prepared and its formal completion is expected during 2017. Preparation for the change is continuous, with the joint management of both companies and transfer of employees to Prague Airport as part of the merger. The arrival of Václav Řehoř to the Prague Airport Board of Directors is the next step towards completing the strategic goal. It also reflects the fact that Prague Airport is the main and key asset of the Czech Aeroholding Group.

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“These steps are in line with our strategy of the prepared merger and reflect the need for unified management of important Prague Airport strategic processes. In the role of Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, Prague Airport issues already take up the majority of my time. At Czech Aeroholding level, I was involved in the preparatory stages of the airport strategical development, which has already materialised in a series of specific policies. I consider it right and logical that by my presence on the Prague Airport Statutory Body, I will add my managerial responsibility for the further development of the airport and its everyday management to strategical management,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, said, adding: “It is a fact that Prague Airport and Czech Aeroholding already work as one company. We have already virtually achieved all operational synergies and joint management is confirmed by my arrival on the Board of Directors. At the same time, more efficient operations have already been achieved as can be proven by financial savings of CZK 70 million on a yearly basis. We now need to implement the long-term airport strategy we have worked on and finish the merger which is currently blocked by external asset transfers.”

At the same time, the step will increase the number of Prague Airport members on the Board of Directors from three to four. Current members of the Board of Directors remain part thereof in the following roles and with the following responsibilities:

New Prague Airport Board of Directors and responsibilities of individual members:

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Ing. Václav Řehoř, PhD. – Chairman

Ing. Jiří Kraus – Vice-Chairman

Ing. Milan Špaček – Member

Ing. Jiří Petržilka – Member

Václav Řehoř will be responsible for aviation business, economics, quality control and safety procedure management, internal audit and quality control of security.

Jiří Kraus (Vice-Chairman) will be responsible for aviation operations, asset and technology administration, environment, vehicle fleet, aviation fuel and apron maintenance.

Milan Špaček (Member) will be responsible for security, in particular for strategies and security administration, firefighting unit, airport security, security control and information safety.

Jiří Petržilka (Member) will continue to supervise company commercial activities, product and service development and additional services such as alimentation, parking and airport lounges.

The organizational structure and responsibilities of the Czech Aeroholding Group remain unchanged.

 

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