Top Managers of the Quarter Century named

A gala ceremony recognized 10 managers with outstanding accomplishments

The top 10 managers of the last 25 years have been named by the Czech Management Association. The association has named a manager of the year for a quarter century now, but for the anniversary, the group has expanded the concept.

The ceremony was held at the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle. Some 200 managers, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), other government members and guests including President of the European Association of Managers Ludger Ramme attended the gala dinner.

The winners of Manager of the Quarter Century were: Zbyněk Frolík (LINET), Vladimír Feix (Karlovarský porcelán), Zdeněk Pelc (GZ Media, formerly Gramofonové Závody), Bořivoj Kačena (Eurovia CS, formerly Stavby silnic a železnic), Štěpán Popovič (Glaverbel, formerly Sklounion Teplice), Jan Rýdl (TOS Varnsdorf), Lubomír Stoklásek (Agrostroj Pelhřimov), Daniel Beneš (ČEZ), Jiří Cienciala (Třinecké železárny and former minister of industry and trade) and Jaroslava Valová (SIKO koupelny).

“We appreciate outstanding managerial personalities in the long term. Many have built a business on a green field, and many have successfully nurtured and managed large businesses. Today, the award-winning generation of managers is carrying on the unprecedented transformation from a planned to a market economy,” CMA president Pavel Kafka said.

“For over 25 years, the Manager of the Year contest has recognized nearly 1,500 finalists. This is evidence that we have capable managers and entrepreneurs. However, it is necessary to continue to look for examples of best practice if we want to bring out the best,” Kafka added.

Prizes were also given out in several special categories — Young Managerial Talent: Ales Gothard, chief construction manager of Metrostav; Small / Medium-size Company: Jana Malá, toy company Moravská ústředna Brno; Agriculture: Jiří Zelenka, board chairman of Krásná Hora agricultural cooperative; Applied Research: Miroslav Václavík , CEO of technical machine firm Výzkumný ústav technických strojů Liberec; Regional Development: Jan Hůda, board chairman of fishery Rybářství Třeboň; Public Administration: Věra Palkovská, mayor of Třinec; Health Service: Vladimír Beneš, head of the Neurosurgical Clinic of the 1st Medical Faculty of the Central Military Hospital in Prague; Education: Tomáš Zima, rector of Charles University; Social Responsibility: Viliam Sivek and Catherine Siveková, Modré dveře.

President of the European Association of Managers Ludger Ramme, who is based in Brussels, came to Prague for the event. He told the press earlier in the day that he has enjoyed witnessing the transformation of the economies in Central and Eastern Europe over the past quarter-century, and the merger of planned and free market systems in his native Germany.

The Manager of the Year contest in the Czech Republic is the longest running one of its type, he added. Recognizing good management practices is important as managers are capable of building bridges between the various players such a customers and owners or companies and the government. Managers can also help to create needed reforms across Europe, and as such deserve to be focused on.

The Czech Management Association is a voluntary organization was established in 1990 to help promote business ethics, competitiveness and responsible attitudes.

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