GROUP PROFILE

CZG - Česká zbrojovka Group SE is a leading European producer of firearms and tactical accessories for military and law enforcement, personal defence, hunting, sport shooting and other civilian uses. Its products are marketed and sold under the Česká zbrojovka, CZ-USA, Dan Wesson, Zbrojovka Brno and 4M Systems brands.

The company is headquartered in the Czech Republic. The company has production facilities in the Czech Republic and United States.

History

  • CZG - Česká zbrojovka Group SE (CZG) was founded in 2017. However, its history dates back to 1936 when the Česká zbrojovka firearms factory was established in Uherský Brod. The factory was built prior to WWII by the Czechoslovak state with the strategic aim of moving firearms production further away from the German border. It was one of the largest and most modern armaments production facilities in Europe.
  • The factory’s production of a full range of firearms started to develop gradually after WWII, resulting in strong product positioning in the major segments of the firearms market.
  • In 1997, CZ-USA was established in the United States to handle local distribution, sales and service of firearms. In 2004, Česká zbrojovka acquired the firearms division of Zbrojovka Brno and, subsequently, it acquired Dan Wesson Firearms through CZ-USA in 2005.
  • Nowadays, CZG employs around 1,600 people in the Czech Republic, United States and Germany. CZG is 100%-owned by Česká zbrojovka Partners SE.


Statutory bodies

Board of directors

Lubomír Kovařík

Chairman of the Board

Lubomír Kovařík

Mr. Kovařík graduated from Military Air Force University and he also completed an MBA program at Sheffield University. He started in the army as a pilot. He reached the rank of lieutenant in the Army Air Force. His pilot’s career ended in the mid-1990s and he began his civilian career in 1995 as manager in company Aulis. After a year he joined Škoda Praha as Production Director, where he worked his way up to the position of CEO. He later worked for Eltodo EG and Mavel. In 2006-2017, he served as CEO of Česká zbrojovka a.s. Since 2018, he has also been the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Česká zbrojovka Partners SE.

Jan Drahota

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Jan Drahota

Mr. Drahota studied at University of Economics, Prague and completed an Executive MBA program at the University of Chicago. Before joining CZG, Mr. Drahota worked for almost 12 years in investment banking and financial markets for Société Générale Group, most recently as Managing Director, Head of Central and Eastern Europe, based in Paris. During 2014-2015, he served as a senior advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic responsible for financial markets. Mr. Drahota has a broad non-executive director experience, and currently serves, inter alia, as a representative of the Ministry of Finance on the Supervisory board of ČEPS. Jan is at the Group’s level responsible for Finance and M&A functions.

Alice Poluchová

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Alice Poluchová

Mrs. Poluchová has a Master’s Degree in Management from the Business College of Silesian University, Karviná. She joined the Group in 1995 as the Export Sales Manager in the Czech Republic. She relocated to the United States in 1998 and became Vice President and Treasurer of the newly established CZ-USA. In 2004 she was appointed to the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer of CZ-USA. Mrs. Poluchová has been instrumental in the growth of CZ-USA, which has helped transform the Group into a sizeable player in the small arms market. She has established a strong team that is continuously growing the Group’s presence and recognition in the United States.

Ladislav Britaňák

Member of the Board of Directors

Ladislav Britaňák

Mr. Britaňák graduated from the University of Transport and Communications in Žilina, Slovak Republic, and he also completed the Masters of Business Administration at Nottingham Trent University in England. He started his career as the Director of Logistics at JOKO Kunovice, and later worked as the Administrative Director at ND Logistics CZ, Groupe Norbert Dentressangle, France. Mr. Britaňák joined Česká zbrojovka in 2004 as the Purchasing Director, and from 2007 to 2017 he held the position of the Commercial Director. From 2005 to 2017, he also acted as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since 2018, Mr. Britaňák has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CZUB.

David Aguilar

Member of the Board

David Aguilar

Mr. Aguilar served 35 years with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the United States Border Patrol, acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience in border law enforcement and administration, domestic and international policing, strategy, tactics, and policy development. He served the last three and a half years of his career as the Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the highest-ranking career officer in the largest U.S. federal law enforcement organization. He retired from his career in U.S. Government’s service on 31 March 2013. Mr. Aguilar acts as an independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors

Jana Růžičková

Member of the Board

Jana Růžičková

Mrs. Růžičková has over 15 years of experience in managerial positions and executive roles. She has served as a member of the Supervisory Board at Česká zbrojovka since 2015 and as a member of the Česká zbrojovka Audit Committee since 2017. Since 2015, she has acted as the sole member of the Board of Directors at EHC-4M. At 4M Systems, she has held the role of sole member of the Board of Directors since November 2019. Mrs. Růžičková also holds positions on the Board of Directors at Minezit (since 2013) and the Supervisory Board at CZ Agro Servis (since 2014). Since 2014, Mrs. Růžičková has also acted as Statutory Director at M&H Management. Mrs. Růžičková acts as corporate Secretary and as a member of the Board of Directors.

Andrej Chrzanowski

Member of the Board

Andrej Chrzanowski

Mr. Chrzanowski graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department at the Czech Technical University in Prague in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, he held technical and managerial positions in the research and development centre of Ingersoll Rand in the Czech Republic. From 2006 to 2013, he was the Technical Director at Czech company Wikov. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Technical Director at Česká zbrojovka. During 2016-2019, he was Chief Executive Officer of CARDAM. Since 2018, he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Česká zbrojovka Partners SE and a member of the Academy Assembly of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Chrzanowski is primarily responsible for R&D and technical functions across the Group.


Supervisory Board

René Holeček

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Mr. Holeček graduated from the Technical University in Ostrava’s Department of Economics and Management in Metallurgy. In 1990, he started his career in banking having worked for Komerční banka and Pragobanka in various executive positions. Since 1994, Mr. Holeček has been an entrepreneur and private investor in industry. He took part in the landmark privatization of Třinecké železárny and since then he has built up an outstanding industrial track record. Together with his business partner at the time, he bought Česká zbrojovka when it was on the verge of bankruptcy and managed to turn the business around to make it a leading small arms manufacturer. Since 2014, he has held the vast majority of the company’s shares.

Vladimír Dlouhý

Member of the Supervisory Board

Mr. Dlouhý is a graduate of the University of Economics, Prague. He served as Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic between 1992 and 1997. Between 1997 and 2010, he advised ABB Group. From 2009-2012, he was a member of the European Advisory Group to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. He currently serves as an International Advisor for Central and Eastern Europe at Goldman Sachs. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission. At one point, he was a Deputy Chairman of its European Group.

Věslava Piegzová

Member of the Supervisory Board

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-Chairman of the Board of Directors (serving until July 2019). In August 2019, she moved to CZG – Česká zbrojovka Group SE.

Corporate SocialResponsibility

In recent years, CZG has supported over 60 projects of charities, non-profit organisations, sports clubs and entities in defence, security, health, education and culture, both regionally and nationally.

Some of the key projects supported by CZG include: The Krtek Endowment Fund of the Paediatric Oncology Unit of the Children's Medical Centre of University Hospital Brno; 450 ml NADĚJE (recruitment of blood donor volunteers); Sparta Praha Ice Hockey Club’s "Tribute to Heroes" to honour members of the Integrated Rescue System and the Czech Armed Forces who have lost their lives whilst on duty; Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Zlín Czech-Slovak theatre festival Setkání Stretnutie.

In 2019, Česká zbrojovka donated the proceeds from the auction of a special edition of the CZ-75 Republika pistol commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Czechoslovak state. The donation went to the Czech Army's Military Solidarity Fund and the Police Officers and Firefighters' Foundation.