Mr. Bartoníček has been the Group’s chief executive officer since January 2018. He joined the PPF Group in 1991 as an executive director and has been responsible for the telecommunications business of the PPF Group since 2018. Between 2014 and 2018, he served as chief executive officer of SOTIO a.s., PPF Group’s biotechnology company. In March 2018, he was elected to the supervisory board of SOTIO a.s. Between 2014 and June 2015, he was, and again since October 2016 has been, member of the supervisory board of O2 Czech Republic and in 2018 was appointed its chairman. Prior to that, between 2007 and 2013, Mr. Bartoníček was chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Generali PPF Holding N.V., one of the largest insurance groups in the CEE established as a joint venture of the PPF Group and Assicurazioni Generali, and between 1996 and 2006 chief executive officer of the insurance company Česká pojišťovna a.s. Mr. Bartoníček holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Czech Technical University in Prague and an MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.