Prague/London, 28 January 2019
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (“MIRA”) has appointed Martin Gebauer as Managing Director and Head of Central and Eastern Europe.
Based in Prague, Mr. Gebauer will lead MIRA’s business in Central and Eastern Europe, reporting to Jiri Zrust, Head of Country Coverage and Origination Europe. Mr. Gebauer will be responsible for identifying new investment opportunities, stakeholder engagement and the active management of MIRA’s portfolio in the region.
Mr. Gebauer joins MIRA from České Radiokomunikace (“CRA”) where he served as Chief Executive Officer for five years and Chief Financial Officer for three years. CRA is the Czech Republic’s leading media, telecommunications and technology platform.
In his new role, Mr. Gebauer will work closely with CRA’s incoming CEO, Vit Vazan. Serving as CRA’s CFO for the past four years, Mr. Vazan has supported the businesses’ growth alongside Mr. Gebauer as it has transitioned into DVB-T2 broadcasting, developed scalable cloud solutions and pursued a number of innovative greenfield projects, including CRA’s OTT platform, HbbTV and Lora IoT services.
Leigh Harrison, Head of MIRA EMEA, said: “Martin’s appointment represents an exciting opportunity to deepen our commitment to this dynamic region, which is home to some of the fastest growing economies in Europe.”
“We look forward to working closely with Martin as he drives the sustainable development of our portfolio businesses in the region, and as he identifies new opportunities for our global investor base across Central and Eastern Europe.”
Mr. Gebauer joins MIRA following a 23-year career across a variety of operational, financial and asset management roles. Beginning his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young, Mr. Gebauer then moved into a financial management role at a commercial property investment firm. In 2003, Mr. Gebauer joined Orco Property Group where we he served as CFO for the business in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as Group Director of Asset Management.
Mr. Gebauer joined CRA as its CFO in 2011, before being appointed CEO of the business in 2014. Under Mr. Gebauer’s leadership, CRA has evolved from a traditional broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure owner and operator into a technology leader with a rapidly growing presence in innovative data centres, cloud services and network solutions.