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Management & Team - ABSL
ABSL management & team

ABSL board of directors


Jaromír Staroba



Jaromir is leading AB InBev Global Capability Center in Prague with team of over 900 professionals driving business services in area of logistics, HR, finance, customer and digital employee experience and procurement.

He is with AB InBev since 2006 and has experience in various domains such as supply chain management, HR, project management including system implementations across both BSC area and business operations. Jaromir is strong believer in repurposing of business centers for value add activities through Digital Transformation and Data AI/ML and Diversity&Inclusion ambassador.

jonathan appleton

Managing Director, Member of the Board of Directors

Jonathan is the Managing Director of ABSL Czech Republic which represents the interests of Global Shared Service Centres and Outsourcing firms in the Czech Republic, one of Europes top outsourcing destinations. Jonathan has over 20 years experience in the CEE region and previously was a director at PwC Czech Republic where he supported Business Services clients in the Czech Republic and across CEE.

Marek Rešovský

Member of the Board of Directors


Marek Rešovský has been working in Deutsche Telekom Group for 16 years. During this period, he has gone through various management positions mainly in finance and controlling. Since 2012, he was acting as Chief Financial Officer of T-Systems Slovakia and has been active also in chambers of commerce, as well as other professional organizations (AmCham, IT Valley, CFO Club).

Marek studied at the Faculty of Economics, TU in Košice, where he successfully graduated in 2002. He has been acting as Managing Director in Deutsche Telekom Services Europe Slovakia since June 2017 and also Managing Director in Deutsche Telekom Services Europe Czech Republic since August 2022. He has received several national and international awards for his for managerial achievements, including the most recent The BIZZ award in the Best company leader category.

Thanks to the successful transformation of Deutsche Telekom Services Europe Slovakia, he managed to build one of the most awarded Shared Service Center in Slovakia.

Bohumil říha

Member of the Board of Directors

Managing Director of Johnson&Johnson Global Services in Prague

In addition to his role as director, he also leads the EMEA Procurement Team and is a member of the Global Procurement Leadership team.

He started working at Johnson & Johnson in 2016 and has extensive experience in Procurement, HR and Finance from more than 18 years in operation, transition and transformation in global business services and business process outsourcing.

Bohumil strongly believes in the strengths of the people in the sector of global services and he wants to focus on the development of the sector via growing of our people.

František Havel

Member of the Board of Directors

NGSC Prague Strategy & Operations manager at Novartis

František Havel, NGSC Prague Strategy & Operations manager in the global service center of Novartis in Prague. He has extensive experience from more than 19 years of operation in the sector of global business services. He dealt with both improving the efficiency of processes and increasing the quality of services provided in IT / telecommunications, finance and HR.

His goal on the ABSL Board of Directors is to raise awareness of the sector in the Czech Republic, promote the importance of key skills such as best-in-class business partnerships and reach out to qualified professionals and talented graduates.

Roman Pavloušek

Member of the Board of Directors

Global FSC Manager at Atlas Copco Services

Roman is an experienced executive director with a broad experience in finance & accounting, IT, risk & compliance and operations. He is currently leading Global Finance SSC function for global manufacturing company Edwards Ltd, having responsibility for managing centralized finance processes (Procure-to-Pay, Order-to-Cash, Record-to-Report, Information Provision&Analysis) and leading over 130 staff in centres based in Czech Republic and South Korea.


Iveta Chválová

Member of the Board of Directors

Managing Director of SAP Services

Iveta Chválová, Managing Director of SAP Services in Prague. In addition to her role as director, she also leads the international Global Mobility team with overall responsibility for all cross-border movements and relocations within SAP. She started working at SAP after graduating from university in 2005. As part of her work at ABSL, she wants to actively contribute to the growth of the business services sector. She believes that the potential is huge and is convinced that business services are an increasingly important part of the entire value chain of companies.

Adam Kiwalski

Member of the Board of Directors

GBS Head Delivery Management at Siemens

Adam is a shared services professional with +15 years proven track record in global environment. Adam managed various global scale process transformations, harmonization and digitalization projects. Developing best-in-class processes across domains he provided process expertise and consulting services to a number of corporations.

Specialties: service delivery, transformations, process digitalization, process compliance, shared services, project management, LeanSixSigma.


Helle Juhl McDermott

Member of the Board of Directors


Helle Juhl McDermott, VP Shared Services and Site-Leader Prague, Curium Pharma, which provides IT, HR, finance and customer service support to other entities of this global pharmaceutical company. She is originally from Denmark and has more than 20 years in Shared Services. Helle is a certified coach and NLP practitioner and is volunteering as a mentor for the Nordic Chamber of Commerce’s “Mentoring Exchange” and “Women helping women in business” for Torch. As part of her role at ABSL, she wants to focus on sharing the experience of smaller but very fast-growing centers, as well as promoting diversity.


Jan Nedělník

Member of the Board of Directors

General Manager of Comdata Czech and Comdata Hungary

Jan Nedělník, General Manager of Comdata Czech and Comdata Hungary. Jan has over 15 years of experience in the BPO industry and over 10 years at contact center Comdata. Comdata is a Diamond winner for implementing the COVID19 government help-line. The company responded immediately and flexibly to the government’s call and supported lines 112 and 1212, which collapsed under the huge number of inquiries. Withint ABSL he would like to raise the awareness of the sector in regions, to focus on CSR activities and to share the Comdata experience from this space to other ABSL members.

Jan Skoták

Member of the Board of Directors

Regional Center Head at Infosys

Jan is Infosys BPO Regional Center Head, responsible for Infosys BPO presence and operations in the Czech Republic. In addition, he drives client relationships and business growth for a portfolio of Fortune 500 companies across Europe, US, and Brazil. He is a member of Infosys Global Management Council. Jan has been with Infosys for 10+ years and has been the founding member of the team that has built Infosys BPO presence in the CEE region. He has managed the first Infosys BPO global operations from the CEE region and subsequently played several operational, sales, and strategic roles in Europe and US.

Ota KulháneK

HONORARY MEMBER of the Board of the Directors

Ota has been working in the SSC / BPO industry from the year 2003. Since 2011 he has been leading the internal SSC for Accenture in Prague. From 2003 to 2011 he had been working in the BPO area lastly he was leading Finance & Accounting BPO for Accenture in the Czech Republic. His areas of expertise are: SSC / BPO market and management, finance and accounting, project management and operational excellence.

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helena tabakovová

SENIOR Operations manager

Helena came to ABSL with direct experience from the international expert and contact center BlueLink International CZ, where she worked as a Brand and Employee Experience Manager. She was engaged in projects that won BlueLink prestigious awards in the area of business services. Helena also has significant work experience from the media as well as NGOs as a project and marketing manager. 
As the Operations Manager at ABSL she is mainly responsible for business development, developing relations with ABSL members and partners and is in charge of ABSL projects and events at the operational level.    



Adela joined ABSL in June 2020 and came directly from the business services sector where she worked in financial SSC for Envista. After leaving Envista she started to gain more experience in the marketing and media sector. As Event & Community Manager at ABSL, she is in charge of event organisation for the ABSL member community and she makes sure that all the events go smoothly. She is also helping with developing closer relationships with ABSL members and partners. As Adela is also keen to PR and media and in June 2022 she managed to achieve a master’s degree in Media studies at Charles University, she is supporting ABSL in this area too.

Jarmila Drastíková

Education Programmes MAnager

Jarmila is passionate about people and enjoys seeing them grow within a company and become successful.

For more than twenty years, she was gaining human resources experience at companies like Albert, ADP, Deloitte, in the key areas of expertise – Talent and Development, Change Management activities, Onboarding, Recruitment, Data Analysis and Client Relationship Management.

Life–long learning believer that never stops learning.

Ivana Smatanová

& Content Creator

Ivana joined ABSL in August 2022 to help in building awareness about the value added of business services sector using her marketing skills and experience gained in multinational companies. She graduated University of Economics in Prague in the field International Business. During her studies, she has already been passionate about marketing and communication. Thanks to internship in online marketing agency and coordination of marketing activities for multinational logistic company in Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary, Ivana gained complex marketing & project management skills and developed her creativity and out-of-the-box thinking which she is eager to apply in ABSL. She likes spending her free time horse-riding and beach volleyball. 

adela Pilátová

PRoject Manager

Adela came to ABSL with direct experience from the business services as she previously worked for one of our founding members Zebra Technologies. She used to work for the ABSL as the Operations Manager. The last 4 years she spent taking care of her small children and now she returned to be responsible for various projects.

Marta Lipovská

PR Consultant

Marta supports the activities of ABSL by communicating with the media on behalf of the association and by providing other PR services. She has a great understanding of the business services sector and topics such as HR or IT. In her previous roles she worked for local media agencies as well as in a PR team of Oracle. In 2008, she founded a PR agency PRCOM, which provides services to many local and international companies and helps them achieve their business goals.


Education Programmes Manager

Anna is an ambitious individual, passionate about education. She has gained sales and business development experience already during the entire five years of her studies in the field of Economic Diplomacy and she believes that investing in education is the best way of investing in yourself. After achieving the Master’s degree she worked for two and half years at PwC´s Academy as a Key Account Manager, responsible for planning, organising and overseeing the educational approaches and strategies leading to ACCA qualification and finally in March 2022 she joined ABSL to become part of our Team.

Michaela Peterková

Digital projects manager

Michaela is an experienced marketing and project manager passionate about new technologies and innovations. She gained sales and business development experience in PwC’s Academy selling professional qualifications. Later she spent one year in New Zealand coordinating repairs after major earthquakes. Returning back to the Czech Republic, she joined Impact Hub Prague, where she managed events and an accelleration programme for startups. In 2016, she joined ABSL to focus on marketing and communications, from which she moved on to drive digital projects of the association.

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