In 2001, Jan Bubeník, founded of Bubenik Partners, an executive search firm that focuses on the Central and Eastern European region and today serves as its managing partner. Bubenik Partner’s client base spans early-stage regional companies to global Fortune 500s.
Before starting his own firm, he managed the Prague office of Korn/Ferry International, and prior to entering the executive search industry, Bubeník was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. In addition to his business activities, he was Chairman of the Corporate Council of Forum 2000 – Vaclav Havel´s foundation. Jan has been also serving on the Executive Committee of Young President Organization (YPO).
In what was to become a defining moment in his country’s history, the Velvet Revolution in November 1989, Bubeník was one of the principal student leaders of the dissident movement and later served as the youngest Member of Parliament in the first post-Communist government. He has served as an advisor to several human rights and pro-Democracy organizations in Bulgaria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Cuba, and, as a result of his efforts to support Cuban dissidents in 2001 during a visit to Cuba; Bubeník was detained and jailed by Castro’s regime.
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