Managing Director - Ing. Viktor Sotona, MBA
Mr. Sotona started his professional career in Czech Airlines as a Senior Project Manager in the Technical Division. During his tenure with ERA he has held several sales positions, recently as Commercial Director for ATM Sector. He received a Master degree from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic and a MBA degree from Sheffield Business School, UK. Mr. Sotona is a member of several professional ATM working groups under EUROCAE and EUROCONTROL. He chaired WG-70 on the Wide Area MLAT standards and he is a member of ERA a.s. Board of Directors.
Product Development Director - Ing. Pavel Štěrba, PMP
Mr. Sterba began his career in the radar industry as a radar technician for the Czechoslovak armed forces. He then moved on to the well known TESLA company where he, at various times, managed development and research for radar and microwave systems. Capitalizing on his wealth of knowledge and experience he now directs ERA's product development organization. Mr. Sterba holds a computer science degree from the University of Brno and PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.
Commercial Director - Ing. Ondřej Chlost, MBA
Mr. Chlost started his professional career in the Czech Air Force as a Commander of Air Defence Surveillance Radar Unit. In 1997 he joined ERA and successfully led the business development programme for ERA's military solutions. Currently he serves as Commercial Director and as a member of ERA a.s. Board of Directors. He received a Master degree in Radar Technologies from the Faculty of Radar, Microelectronics and Laser Technologies, University of Defence, and a MBA degree from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Mr. Chlost is a member of ASERA and many other professional associations.
Operations Director - Libor Urban
Mr. Urban came to ERA with over 10 years experience in quality system management, process management and continuous improvement. His focus in ERA is on process and system management improvement. Mr. Urban started his career in Philip Morris as a quality engineer where he later became quality manager. He has worked for different global companies as a quality manager, project manager and most recently as Treves group czech plant managing director. Mr. Urban studied economy and has taken numerous specific courses during his career to fulfill business requirements.
Financial Director - Ing. Miloslav Zavoral
Mr. Zavoral graduated from the College of Economics in Prague with emphasis on accounting, corporate finance and management. He began his professional career as a manager for the East Bohemia region with the Lifox brokerage firm, a member of Prague’s Stock Exchange. He applied his experience in the securities and bonds markets with the Credit Bank of Pilsen, where he served as a branch manager in the Pardubice regional office. Following his tenure in the banking and investment sectors, Mr. Zavoral worked as a chief accountant, tax specialist and controller for several corporations. Joining ERA in 2005, he currently holds the position of Finance Director where he oversees not only the internal and domestic financial operations, but also broad aspects of ERA’s international financial transactions and contracts.
Product Delivery Director - Jan Hrabánek, MBA
Mr. Hrabánek started his professional career with ERA in 1995 and during his seventeen years in the ATM industry he has worked in a variety of technical and business roles all focussed on the application of multilateration technology to air traffic control services and the air defence applications. He studied the military academy of radar technology, and gained an MBA master in business administration studies in 2003. His skills and experience are now widely sought after and he advises within the ATC industry about the use and implementation of multilateration solutions. Jan Hrabánek holds currently the position of the Product Delivery Director where he controls the product´s deliveries and the life cycle support of all the ERA´s products. He lives in Pardubice, Czech Republic and speaks fluent English and Russian.
Pardubice, June 6th, 2013 ERA Company doubled its annual revenue (comparing to financial year 2011) and has obtained profit 85 million Czech crowns (3.5 million €) last year. Satisfactory economic results have been approved by auditing process.
Brno, May 22 - 24, 2013 The newest, mobile version of Passive Coherent Location system (PCL) by ERA was introduced to the general public for the 1st time at the IDET Exhibition 2013 in Brno last week. Silent Guard, mobile demonstrator of passive surveillance systems, was chosen by international journalist jury as the best technological showpiece of the IDET exhibition. Among VIPs visiting ERA stand were Lieutenant General Petr Pavel and Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Vlastimil Picek.
Lima, Peru, May 15th – 19th, 2013 ERA Company exhibited at “SITDEF PERU 2013” fair in Lima in the middle of May. ERA took part in the official mission of military and defence industry producers of the Czech Republic, for instance Česká zbrojovka, PAMCO INT, Excalibur, Sellier & Bellot and ALP.
Bohdanec Spa, May 17, 2013 The 2nd annual golf tournament of ERA Company “ERA Invitational 2013” for its business partners was held in Golf Club resort Pardubice on May 17th, 2013. Among the players were the representatives of the distinguished companies and institutions who traditionally belong to ERA golf community.