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. Ivo Ender
Mr. Ender began his career in the TESLA company where he worked in passive radar development. After joining ERA, Mr. Ender continued with passive radar development and later on moved to the Project Management Department where he successfully managed deliveries to Riga, Budapest, Indonesia and Beijing. He worked as Project Manager and Technical director in Mikroelektronika, s. r. o.company as of 2009. He came back to ERA as Product Development Director in July 2013. Mr. Ender holds a Master's degree from the Faculty of Electrotechnical Engineering, Technical University of Brno.
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, November 20th, 2013 The ERA MSS system installed at the Sochi International Airport went officially operational in November to ensure the future safety of thousands of participants flying to the Caucasus region of Russia as part of the 2014 Olympic Games.
Pardubice, October 18th, 2013 Participants in the NATO Airforce Armaments Group summit from several NATO countries visited the headquarters of ERA Company in Pardubice on October 18th 2013. The primary goal of the visit was the introduction of alternative radiolocation methods and a presentation of the ERA military solutions portfolio (particularly its precision approach functionality) to members of the Aerospace Capability Group 5 on Global Mobility.
Tashkent, October 2nd - 4th, 2013 Two specialists from ERA Company were invited to the conference EURASIA held in Tashkent on October 2nd – 4th, 2013. ERA traditionally participated as a permanent observer at this 28th gathering of the coordinating council and group of aeronavigation experts (KGE) from eight post-soviet republics.
Prague, September 2013 The ERA Company gratefully accepted an invitation from the Czech Air National Service Provider at the beginning of autumn of this year and organized a two days workshop for its guests at the ANSP headquarters in Jeneč in order to present the results of newly developed surveillance technologies such as MSPSR.
Prague, September, 2013 ERA Company took part in the 71th NEDBAG (NATO Emitter DataBase Advisory Group) conference held in Prague from September 23th – 26th 2013.