Jaroslav (Jarda) Němec is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers, Technology and Communications, Industrial and Services practices. He is also an active member of Egon Zehnder´s Diversity Council group. Jarda is based in Prague but active in Slovakia and Germany as well.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Jarda spent over ten years in various finance functions with Microsoft. He started in local controlling and finance management roles in Prague, and was then promoted to a Finance Director at regional headquarters in Munich, where he held responsibility for more than 25 countries, coordinating activities among Microsoft branches and headquarters in Germany and the USA. Previously, Jarda led the internal audit department at Telefónica O2 and worked as a consultant at PwC. He started his career as a project manager in the environmental department of the Ford Motor Company.
He provides a pro bono business-development and financial advisory service to several local small or family-owned businesses, including a web portal, psychologie.cz (connecting best-in-class psychology and psychotherapy expertise and services), and Montessori schools in the Czech Republic. As a former athlete, he learnt what great leadership, combined with a delicate balance between team effort and individual accountability, could bring in terms of outstanding results. This, together with his solid knowledge of economics, finance and business development, both local and across borders, is one of the assets he brings to working with clients.
Jarda studied at the Technical University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, and earned a PhD in Environmental Studies and Economy from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich / Charles University in Prague.