Our team

Meet people of SAZKA Group

Robert Chvátal

As CEO, Robert leads the SAZKA Group and its international team with the aim of becoming one of the key players in the lottery and gaming sector, with an emphasis on innovation and expansion of the business both organically and through acquisitions.

He strongly believes that teamwork, a focus on innovation, and speed are success factors in this industry, which is significantly impacted by technology and changing consumer expectations.

Robert has been instrumental in turning Sazka a.s. around in the Czech Republic to become one of the fastest growing lottery companies in Europe between 2013 and 2016.

He started his professional career with Procter & Gamble and Benckiser before spending 15 years in mobile telecommunications with T-Mobile as Chief Marketing Officer for T-Mobile Czech, and later as CEO of T-Mobile Slovakia and T-Mobile Austria.

Robert serves as the First Vice President of the industry association European Lotteries.

Štěpán Dlouhý

Štěpán is responsible for the sourcing, execution and management of investments in the gaming industry within the SAZKA Group. Štěpán leads the M&A and strategic business development of the SAZKA Group, including the recent acquisitions of Casinos Austria, Austrian Lotteries and the Italian Lotto license.

Prior to the SAZKA Group, Štěpán was Investment Director at KKCG, covering investments in the gaming and telecommunications industries. Štěpán joined KKCG from Chayton Capital, a London-based private equity firm. Prior to Chayton he had focused on private equity, M&A and corporate performance improvement while working for Aetheon Capital, Deloitte, Bank Gutmann and Creditanstalt Investment.

Tony Khatskevich

Tony leads the SAZKA Group’s technology and innovation strategy for Group’s digital platforms and architecture to maximize the operational success of the Group.

Tony has extensive experience in Israel, US and Estonia heading up the technology and delivery organizations in range of industries, including gaming, telecom, and information security.

For the last six years before joining the SAZKA Group Tony served as the Vice President at Playtech, the world's largest online gaming solutions supplier.

Ján Matuška

Ján is responsible for the organic development of SAZKA Group operating companies, monitoring their performance and ensuring best practice exchange within the Group. He oversees and supports the implementation of Group and operating companies’ major strategic initiatives. Furthermore, Jan is responsible for the Group’s back office activities.

Before joining SAZKA Group, Ján worked as Principal for the global management consulting firm Kearney in the German speaking region, with focus on strategy and operations. Prior to consultancy, he gained private equity and M&A experience working for Penta Investments and M&A advisory boutiques.

Kenneth Morton

Kenneth joined KKCG as Head of Corporate Finance in April 2019 and in this role devoted the majority of his time to projects with SAZKA Group, including its Voluntary Tender Offer for shares in OPAP and the related financing, and SAZKA Group’s inaugural international bond issuance in November 2019.

Before joining KKCG and SAZKA Group, he worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in London, Moscow and Hong Kong, and in Corporate Finance at Thames Water.

He has more than 15 years of corporate finance experience.

Jan Štěrba

Jan joined KKCG with a view to incorporating a marketing mindset into all facets of the Group's business in 2013. He has been responsible for developing marketing strategy for all KKCG Group businesses.

Since the beginning, he has been working on turning Czech Sazka around to become one of the fastest growing lottery companies in Europe.

Before joining KKCG and SAZKA Group, he served as a marketing specialist for the local brands of the Opavia/Danone Group before joining Reckitt Benckiser, where he spent the last four years at the London Head Office as the Global Marketing Manager responsible for the strategic development of global brands.