CEPA, the Prague based Central European Private Aviation organisation, has appointed Mr. Jiri Matousek as Chairman with immediate effect. He replaces CEPA founder Dagmar Grossman who has held the position since the organisation’s inception in November 2009. Matousek has been working together with Ms Grossman on a variety of CEPA-related projects for the last six months, and in his new role will be responsible for developing the profile of CEPA, along with building new relationships between east and western business aviation associations and communities.
Ms. Grossmann is stepping down to focus on the development of Grossman Jet Service, the region’s principal executive aviation service, which has recently added a Cessna Citation CJ2 to its existing fleet. Matousek has had long term experience in the aviation and travel sector. During 16 years with SAS he was responsible for developing the company´s office from a service centre into a fully commercial base. In this time he became recognised as an expert in aviation and the travel industry for the region. From 2006 he worked in consultancy roles supporting insurance, HR, sales and marketing, and event management.
Matousek joined the board of CEPA in the summer of 2010 and his enthusiasm and understanding of the value of business aviation for the CEE region made him an obvious choice for the role.