Corporate Affairs

Colt CZ Group SE

Board of Directors

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Jan Drahota
Chairman of the Board
Jan Drahota has been at the helm of Colt CZ Group as CEO and Chairman since July 2021, having joined the Group in 2014. His career also features investment banking roles at Société Generale and non-executive director positions at ČEPS (Czech Transmission Grid) and the Czech Export Bank. A University of Chicago – Booth School of Business alum, Jan is proficient in Czech, English and French.
Josef Adam
Vice-Chairman of the Board
Mr. Adam oversees legal affairs, compliance, and risk management at Colt CZ. He joined the company after an extensive career spanning over a decade in leadership roles at Airport Prague, Czech Aeroholding, and Czech Airlines, where he managed legal, finance, HR, and IT departments. Prior to this, he was a partner at HAVEL & PARTNERS law firm. Mr. Adam holds a law degree from Charles University in Prague and an LL.M. from a joint program with Nottingham Trent University and Masaryk University in Brno.
Jan Holeček
Member of the Board
Jan Holeček has been a member of Colt CZ Group Board of Directors since July 2021, focusing on business. His career began at Siemens in 2016 as a market analyst, progressing to a business development specialist. He then joined Česká zbrojovka a.s., where he moved from analyst to marketing director and board member, overseeing sales from 2017 to 2021. Holeček is a graduate of Bentley University, USA, with a degree in economy and finance.
Dennis Veilleux
Member of the Board
Dennis Veilleux brings over 35 years of expertise as the CEO of Colt CZ Group North America and as the CEO of Colt Holding Company. His tenure at Colt began in 2006, where he progressed through key roles including Executive Director of Engineering, Vice President of Manufacturing, and COO. Prior to Colt, Veilleux contributed to military weapon systems development at GE Armament Systems and held significant positions at Sturm Ruger and U.S. Repeating Arms Company (FN Group), underscoring his deep knowledge in firearms manufacturing and design.
Jan Zajíc
Member of the Board
Jan Zajíc has been the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Česká zbrojovka since November 2020, after joining the company as CFO in 2019. His career includes various managerial roles in industrial firms both in the Czech Republic and internationally, with significant stints at Fatra, Continental Barum, and the Continental Group, focusing on financial management and controlling in Malaysia and Germany. A native of Uherské Hradiště, Zajíc graduated in Economics and Management from the Faculty of Business and Economics of Mendel University in Brno.

Supervisory Board

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David Aguilar
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Mr. Aguilar, who joined the Board of Directors of Colt CZ between 2020 and 2023, and subsequently became the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Group, brought to the role over 35 years of experience with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the United States Border Patrol. His career encapsulated extensive expertise in border law enforcement and administration, along with domestic and international policing, strategy, tactics, and policy development. Notably, he concluded his service as the Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, marking him as the highest-ranking career officer in the largest U.S. federal law enforcement agency, before retiring on 31 March 2013.
Lubomír Kovařík
Vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board
Mr. Kovařík served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Colt CZ Group from 2018 to July 2021. His journey began in the Army Air Force, reaching the rank of lieutenant before shifting to management roles in 1995 with Aulis, and later advancing to CEO at Škoda Praha, with further contributions at Eltodo EG and Mavel. His academic background includes a graduation from the Military Air Force University and an MBA from Sheffield University.
René Holeček
Vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board
Mr. Holeček, who has been the majority owner of the company since 2014, embarked on his career in banking in 1990 at Komerční banka and Pragobanka, holding various executive roles. Transitioning to entrepreneurship and investment in 1994, he played a key role in the privatization of Třinecké železárny, demonstrating remarkable prowess in the industrial sector. His notable achievement includes the acquisition and turnaround of CZUB, alongside a business partner, establishing it as a leading small arms manufacturer globally. Mr. Holeček's educational background is in Economics and Management in metallurgy from the Technical University in Ostrava.
Vladimír Dlouhý
Member of the Supervisory Board
Mr. Dlouhý has made significant contributions in both public service, as the Czech Republic's Minister of Industry and Trade from 1992 to 1997, the President of the Czech Chamber of Commerce from 2014 to 2023, and in the private sector, advising the ABB Group and the International Monetary Fund. Currently, he serves as an International Advisor for Central and Eastern Europe at Goldman Sachs and is an active member of the Trilateral Commission, where he once held the role of Deputy Chairman of its European Group. His academic journey began at the University of Economics in Prague.
Jana Růžičková
Member of the Supervisory Board
Mrs. Růžičková has over 15 years of experience in managerial positions and executive roles. She served as a member of the Supervisory Board at Česká zbrojovka since 2015 until 2023 and as a member of the Česká zbrojovka Audit Committee. Mrs. Růžičková also holds positions on the Board of Directors at Minezit and the Supervisory Board at CZ Agro Servis. Since 2014, she has acted as Statutory Director at M&H Management. Prior to her appointment to the Supervisory Board, she acted as vice-chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Group.
Daniel Birmann
Member of the Supervisory Board
Mr. Daniel Birmann was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board based on the Nomination Agreement made on 16 May 2024 between Colt CZ Group SE and CBC Europe S.à r.l. in connection with the acquisition of 27.7% shareholding in Colt CZ by CBC. This appointment is effective from 27 May 2024 until the next General Meeting of the Company in June 2024.

Audit committee

Jiří Nekovář
Chairman of the Audit Committee
Mr Nekovář served as President of the Czech Tax Advisers Chamber between 1996 and 2011. He was elected vice-president of Confédération Fiscale Européenne in 2006, and served as its president in 2013 and 2014. Jiří Nekovář is a member of the Czech Finance Minister’s Coordination Committee on Taxes. In December 2010, he was appointed a member of the Government’s National Economic Council (NERV), and has been a member of the Government Legislative Council’s Working Committee for regulation impact assessment (RIA) since 2011. He served as a member of the management board of the General Health Insurance Company in 2000 - 2006. He is a chairman of the Management Board of the University of Economics in Prague and a vice-chairman of the Management Board of Brno University of Technology. He acts as an arbitrator of the Arbitration Court of the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic. From August 2013 to May 2017, Jiří Nekovář served as President of the Public Audit Oversight Board. He was named Honorary Tax Advisor of AOTCA in November 2015. He is a founding member of the Global Tax Advisory Platform, and was elected Executive Board Director of CFE in September 2020. Jiří Nekovář was born on 10 May 1953 and resides at Václavské nám. 777/12, Prague 1, Czech Republic.
Věslava Piegzová
Member of the Audit Committee
Mrs. Piegzová graduated from the VŠB Technical University in Ostrava. She held various accounting, reporting and managing positions during her long career at the metallurgy group Třinecké železárny. She also served in managerial positions in Vesuvius CR and České loděnice. In March 2013, she joined Česká zbrojovka a.s. as CFO and later became Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors (serving until July 2019). In August 2019, she moved to Colt CZ. Mrs. Piegzová has been a member of the Audit Committee since 17 January 2020 (until July 2023 its Chair) and her office term expires on 17 January 2025. Mrs. Piegzová was born on 11 October 1953 and resides at 28. října 1516/1, 737 01 Český Těšín, Czech Republic.
David Ondroušek
Member of the Audit Committee
Mr. Ondroušek worked for more than ten years in Deloitte's Audit Department, followed by 10 months in the WOOD & Company Finance Department and is currently working with Staněk, Tomíček & Partners tax offices. Mr. Ondroušek is a licensed auditor of the Chamber of Auditors of the Czech Republic and a member of the international professional organization Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In addition to providing audit services, he focuses primarily on IFRS and transfer pricing advice. Mr. Ondroušek is a member of the Audit Committee since 17 January 2020 and is office term expires on 17 January 2025. Mr. Ondroušek was born on 2 March 1976 and resides at Ruská 108, 100 00 Praha 10, Czech Republic.