30. 6. 2006 - Jiří Devát to Become a Member of CSA's Senior Management

June 30, 2006

Previously, CEO of the company Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia, Jiří Devát will join Czech Airlines as of September 1, 2006, taking on the position of CSA's Vice-President for Information Technologies. He will be replacing the current Executive Director and Vice-Chairwoman of CSA's Board of Directors, Kateřina Hobzová Chalupová, who will be taking maternity leave in the fall.

"I am glad we were able to acquire a manager of this caliber for CSA," CSA's President, Radomír Lašák commented on Jiří Devát's decision to join the airline. "In our new team, which has the task of restoring the profitability of our national carrier, Mr. Devát will be responsible for the transition of our sales activities onto a new IT platform. His job will also involve implementing an integrated information system for the management of flight operations and an expansion of the use of the latest information technologies in the communications with our customers."
Jiří Devát (37) studied at the Brno University of Technology. While still in school, he started a business as a computer programmer and IT administrator. In 1993, he joined the firm THEMOS System Partner, where he subsequently became the executive director. In 1996, he moved to Australia where he worked as a marketing specialist for the company Scitec and, in addition and at the same time, he earned a business degree at Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology. He joined Microsoft in 1997 as the head of business development for the Czech Republic. In the following years, he held a number of different management positions at Microsoft with responsibilities in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He became CEO of Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia in 2000.

Jiří Devát is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the European Investment Forum, the Government Committee for the Development of Human Resources, the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Finance and Administration and the Science Committee of the Tomáš Baťa University and the University of Technology in Brno. He is the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions such as the 'Czech IT Person of the Year' (2003) and the 'Third Best Manager in the Czech Republic', the 'Best Manager of a Medium-Sized Business' and the 'Best IT Manager' award from the Czech Association of Industry and Transportation in 2005.

Jiří Devát speaks English and some Russian. He is single and his hobbies include cinematography, traveling, mountain biking and cooking. 


Jana Víšková
Czech Airlines Spokesperson