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    We are an innovative company in the automotive industry with a strong background in data and technology and the largest dealer of pre-owned cars in Central and Eastern Europe with a 30-year history.

    The Group sells pre-owned cars through the following key brands; Mototechna, AAA AUTO, AUTO DISKONT and, most recently, Driverama, an e-commerce platform for buying and selling pre-owned cars in Western Europe. The Group’s fifth brand is AURES Apps, a proprietary software for better sourcing and selling used cars.

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Leadership

Management Board

Karolína Topolová

Karolína Topolová

Chief Executive Officer & Chairperson of Board of Directors
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 in 2021 she entered the Hall of Fame. Karolina also regularly appears in the list of the Most Influential Women in the Czech Republic according to Forbes magazine and 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 Group Chief Operating Officer.

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 in January 2021, as Group CFO and a Member of the Management Board. During his vast career he has worked with great global brands in the Automotive and Transport industries both publicly listed and owned by private equity.

He is a highly experienced senior business executive having held various roles at operational and group/divisional level in the capacity as CEO, CFO, Commercial and IT, and Business Development Director. Vasant’s roles have focussed predominantly on modernization of the finance function, digitalization, transformation and business development. He has a results driven mind-set and a proven track record of sound financial performance.

He has spent the majority of his career within the car rental and leasing spectrum where buying and selling cars is a natural extension of the core activity. Prior to this Vasant workedin European Bus transport industry. He has held senior roles within Avis, Hertz and 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 was Finance and Commercial director for London Bus Division at First Group Plc and CEO of easyBus an ecommerce retail Bus operation start up for Sir Stelios (easyJet founder).

He began his career as a Chartered Accountant for KPMG and is based 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, Stephen was 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, Stephen has been the owner and manager of the UK's Lindop Brothers Toyota dealership chain owning three Toyota and one Honda dealership. 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
Anthony founded AAA Auto group of companies in 1992, serving as CEO from 1992-97 and 2006-2012. He has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2015 and a member of the Management Board between 1992-2015. He has over 40 years experience in retailing new and used cars including more than30 years experience in the cross border trade of used cars around the globe.
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 the automotive industry previously holding positions on the board of directors of Škoda Auto and CEO of Robert Bosch. He is the former Chairman of the Czech Ice Hockey Association, president of the Czech Industry Association and vice-president of the Czech Confederation of Industry. He is a graduate of the University of Economics, Prague and European Business School.
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 focussing on consumer finance, automotive and infrastructure sectors. Previously 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. Wojciech also spent a number of years working in a mergers & acquisitions advisory and holds a Master’s degree from Lodz University.
Stephen John Richmond

Stephen John Richmond

Supervisory Board Member
Stephen John Richmond joined the Supervisory Board of the Company in 2021 and has more than 20 years of private equity experience in CE and is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Abris Capital Partners. Prior to Abris, Steve was a Partner at Copernicus Capital where he was responsible for the firm’s office and investment activities, initially in Zagreb and subsequently in Belgrade and Warsaw. 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 overseeing the Company's entire legal agenda. She has been working in advocacy since 2001, attorney-at-law since 2006 and has been working alongside 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 Group. 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 been 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 a buying assistant and in 2004 became a regional buying manager. He has 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 has held the position of Group Sales Director since April 2021.

He is responsible for strategically managing the Group’s branch network to improve the existing processes and modernize the auxiliary tools that lead to digitization of the sales division. An integral part of his daily agenda is working with sales managers with the help of his regional management to improve the efficiency of sales and after sales processes that lead to maximum satisfaction of our customers.

Daniel has been working for the company since 2001, beginning his career as a call centre representative where within two years he worked his way up to call centre manager in Slovakia. A year later, he moved to the sales division where he started as a site manager. Following several promotions in both the Slovak and Czech branches 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 KPIs 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 and graduated from the Mechanical Engineering High School in Prague.
Karel Smrž

Karel Smrž

Group Marketing & Communications Director
Karel Smrž is the Group Marketing & Communications Director and has held this 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. More recently he was responsible for the group media buying in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania. Mr. Smrž's previous experience also includes a four year engagement at global marketing agency, Ogilvy, based in their Czech office 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 Group 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 Chief Operating Officer 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 Group Office Operations Director. He is responsible for facility management, car transfers, company cars, construction, logistics, warehouse, archive, Security, development and travel agendas for senior executives. One of David’s major roles is to implement standard processes in all countries within the Group, to reduce operating costs. Another important task is the service for group development, which is supported by the construction and facility departments.

David previously worked with Intersnack Ltd., as the Director of Procurement and Investment, concurrently he was a lead buyer, responsible for purchasing flexible packaging in CEE and Austria and was a member of the Supervisory Board. Prior to Intersnack David worked in the pharmaceutical industry, 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 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 worked his entire professional life in sales. He has been responsible for the creation of many sales processes and reward schemes for sales positions within the company.
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 and became Country Sales Manager for Slovakia at the end of 2012. In this role he worked on the company's entry into the Hungarian market and gained significant management experience. Igor is one of the Group’s most experience managers, serving as Country Managing Director since 2018. He is constantly looking for ways to improve processes to support the company's growth.

Driverama Division

Stanislav Gálik

Stanislav Gálik

CEO Driverama
Stanislav Gálik became CEO of Driverama Division in April 2021 and is spearheading Driverama’s 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. Previously Stanislav managed several innovative projects at Česká spořitelna working as a consultant 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 continues to lecture on the psychology of persuasion, creativity and managerial communication.
Eldar Vagabov

Eldar Vagabov

Chief Operating Officer
Eldar Vagabov has been COO of Driverama since its inception and plays a key role in establishing all operations of Driverama, including the structure of the management team, including it‘s roles and responsibilities. Eldar 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 of an international private healthcare group Eldar brings experience from the fields of business development, expansion and growth strategies, has a master‘s degree in Business and Law and speaks fluently in three languages.
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