Top management of ČEZ, a. s.

Chief Operating Officer Ing. Daniel Beneš, MBA

Born 1970

Chief Executive Officer

since September 15, 2011

Ing. Daniel Beneš, MBA, graduated from the Machinery Faculty of the VSB – Technical University of Ostrava and from Brno International Business School – Nottingham Trent University.

Between 1993-1993 he worked as Sales Manager at BOHEMIACOAL, later as the CEO of HEDVIGA GROUP. During 2000 – 2004, he was the CEO of TCHAS plant, the leading importer and fuel merchant in the Czech Republic.

From 2004 he held the position of Director of the Purchase Section of CEZ, a.s. From 2006 he held the position of Chief Administration Officer. From June, 2007 he was Chief Operating Officer. Since September 2011, he has been the Chief Executive Officer. At the same time he represents CEZ, a.s., in the authorities controlled by the company.

martin novakIng. Martin Novák

Born 1971

Chief Finance Officer

since January 1, 2008

Ing. Martin Novák, MBA graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and started his career as a tax advisor at PriceWaterhouse in 1994. From here he moved on to Česká rafinérská, where he worked from 1996 to 2001. He spent the next 5 years at Conoco in Houston, ConocoPhillips in London and ConocoPhillips in Prague. In 2007 he undertook the Executive MBA programme at the University of Pittsburgh.

He has been working in the ČEZ Group since 2006. Since 1 January 2008, he has been the Finance Division Director of ČEZ Group. Since May 2008, he has been the Member of the Board of Directors. Since October 2011, he has been the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. In the course of his employment with the ČEZ Group, he has managed to accelerate considerably the reporting of results, simplify many processes, reduce the number of Group accounting departments and improve the efficiency of provided services with a direct impact on cost reduction.

Chief Distribution OfficerIng. Tomáš Pleskač, MBA

Born 1966

Division Distribution and Foreign countries Chief Officer

since April 1, 2012

Ing. Tomas Pleskač, MBA graduated from the Faculty of Business and Economics of  Mendel’s University of Agriculture in Brno. Later he completed an internationally accredited course at the Prague International School and received an MBA.

Mr. Pleskač joined CEZ after a short working period in Komerční banka, a. s. He started working for CEZ Group in 1994, as a Deputy Director of the Economy and Sales Department at the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant. Between 2004 and 2007 he was in charge of the CEZGroup integration project “Vision 2008” From 2006 he was the Division Distribution Chief Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors. He became a Division International Chief Officer (in January 2008) and Division Distribution and Foreign countries Chief Officer (in April 2012). He became 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors (11th February 2008 - 29th June 2010).

Ladislav ŠtěpánekIng. Ladislav Štěpánek

Born 1957

Division Production Chief Officer

since July 1,  2013

Ing. Ladislav Štěpánek graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. He worked for the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant (1981 – 1983) and in Podnik automatizační techniky (Automation Equipment Enterprise) (1983 – 1985). In the period 1985 – 1993, he worked as a senior research worker for the Institute of Nuclear Fuels in Prague-Zbraslav.

In ČEZ, he worked in the past as a section director for the CEO and Board Office and as the Deputy Purchasing Manager. From 2004, he was director of the Fuel Cycle department, which controls coal and nuclear fuel purchasing. Ladislav Štěpánek also represents ČEZ in leading professional associations, being for instance vice-chairman of the Board of SÚRAO (RAWRA – Radioactive Waste Repository Authority) where he represents radioactive waste producers in the nuclear power sector.


Chief Sales OfficerIng. Alan Svoboda, MBA

Born 1972

Chief Sales Officer

since January 1, 2005

Ing. Alan Svoboda, MBA is a graduate from the University of Missouri Kansas City (USA) MBA in finance, and MA in economics. Further, he graduated form West Bohemian University in Pilsen, where he studied information and financial management. Since January 1, 2006, he has been one of the directors of the international association Eurelectric in Brussels and since December 1, 2005 he has been a member of the General Assembly and Executive Committee of Foratom in Brussels.

Between April 27, 2004 and April 21, 2006, he was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEZ, a.s., between June 29, 2004 and August 31, 2004, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CEZ Data, s.r.o., between September 1, 2004 and April 10, 2007 he was Vice-Chairman of the company´s Supervisory Board.

peter bodnarIng. Peter Bodnár

Born 1960

Chief Investment Officer

since January 1, 2008

Immediately after he graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in 1984, he worked in SES Tlmace as a constructer and designer, later as the chief of projection. He came to CEZ from Slovenske Elektrarne, where he worked as director of the Quality and Processes Enhancement Section. At the end of 2005, he took part in preparing the Italian Enel´s entry into Slovenske Elektrarne.

From 2002, he worked for the French multinational company Alstom Power Service as general director for the Slovak Republic, and later also for the Czech Republic. In the years 1992-2001, Ing. Peter Bodnar worked in management positions in Istroenergo Group company, where he gained experience in private enterprising. Together with Skoda Holding he participated in projects in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and in Cuba. He joined CEZ Group in June 2007.

Michaela ChaloupkováJUDr. Michaela Chaloupková, MBA

Born 1975

Chief Administration Officer

since January 1, 2012

JUDr. Michaela Chaloupková, MBA has worked in the CEZ Group since 2003. From January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2008 she held the position of Integrated Purchasing Section Manager, and since January 1, 2012 she has worked as Chief Purchasing Officer (since January 1, 2014 Division Administration).

Pavel CyraniIng. Pavel Cyrani, MBA

Born 1976

Chief Strategy Officer

since October 1, 2011

Ing. Pavel Cyrani, MBA has worked in the CEZ Group since 2005 and apart from the Asset Management Department he managed also the Controlling Department, Finance Division, for almost four years.

Before his engagement in ČEZ, a. s. he worked as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in the energy industry. Pavel Cyrani graduated from the University of Economics, Prague, Department of International Trade, and obtained a MBA title in finance at the Kellogg School of Management in the USA.

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